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Delray's Beach: How a Critically Eroded Beach Became the Best in Florida

May 24, 2024 · Blog

By Tom Warnke Delray’s beach was a vital asset from the settlement’s inception. In 1895, pioneers Sarah Gleason and William H. Hunt, her husband’s business partner, sold their […]

The Cason Family: A Legacy of Influence and Preservation

May 15, 2024 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald While many families and individuals proved influential in Delray Beach in its 130-year history, the Cason family are the nearest to our hearts at the […]

Samuel Ogren, Sr.: The Father of Delray Architecture

April 2, 2024 · Blog

Samuel Ogren Sr., Delray Beach’s first registered architecture, is known as the “Father of Delray Architecture.” Born in Shanxi, China on the eve of the Boxer Rebellion in […]

Mayor Catherine E. Strong: Making H(er)story in Delray Beach

March 18, 2024 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald While Catherine E. Strong’s name is familiar to many throughout the Delray Beach area, her story and contributions to Delray Beach and south Palm Beach […]

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season: The History of Delray Beach’s Tempests, 1903-1947

September 1, 2023 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald Every Floridian – whether a seasoned veteran of the Sunshine State or a new arrival – has a hurricane story. Maybe it is the story […]

Fishing in Paradise: A History of Delray Beach’s Favorite Pastime

June 27, 2023 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.” The state’s diversity of fish and habitats, weather, and unique location help make it a […]

Historic Districts of Delray Beach

June 22, 2023 · Blog

In 1987, the City of Delray Beach, working with the Delray Beach Historical Society and a group of volunteer citizens, established four historic districts. These actions set Delray […]

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: The History of the Yamato Colony

May 31, 2023 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and to celebrate, we explored the rich history of Yamato, Florida. Yamato was a small […]


April 24, 2023 · Blog

The first public school established in Palm Beach County was constructed in the town of Linton in 1894 by African American settlers, who petitioned the Dade County Schools […]

The Delray Affair’s Deep Roots: The Agricultural Development of Delray Beach and the Gladioli Festival

April 13, 2023 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald Agriculture remains one of Florida’s top industries alongside tourism, aviation, life sciences, and manufacturing. For newer residents of Delray Beach and coastal Palm Beach County, […]