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Using our secure payment system, for as little as $60 a year, you can enjoy the many benefits of being a Delray Beach Historical Society member! JOIN NOW »
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The Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center is open to visitors for history research and to view exhibits. EXPLORE NOW »
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Past and Present

When it was founded in 1964, DBHS set out to collect and preserve the stories, artifacts, and memorabilia from the area’s founding families to provide an authentic record of how we got started and where we are going. READ MORE »

Our New Board Members

Sylvia Gwynn Pecaro with her husband, Father Bernie Pecaro

Sylvia Pecaro is the daughter of one of the original founding members of the historical society, William E. Gwynn. She is a local CPA and owns her own firm located on W. Atlantic Avenue, just across the street from the police department. She took over her father’s firm after his lengthy career of over 50 years. Amazingly, he still comes in the office every day at the age of 87. Sylvia looks forward to joining the Board again, meeting the new members and being part of the continued success of the DBHS. She is married to her husband, Bernie and has 2 children, Rachael 22 and John 19.



Matt Shipley

Matt Shipley is a native of Delray Beach and son of past board member Kari Shipley. Matt was born at Bethesda Hospital and was surfing by the time he could stand. His father, John Shipley III, was always taking his 3 sons, Johnny, Walker and Matt, out into nature, especially the beach. Matt was always inspired by nature, which drove him to study environmental issues at the University of San Diego. After receiving his BA in Spanish and Environmental Studies, Matt joined the Peace Corps. He served in Paraguay as an environmental educator where he started an environmental group that focused on reforestation. Upon completing his service, Matt went back to California to receive a MA in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Matt is currently the co-director and co-founder of Community Greening, a non-profit that mobilizes neighborhoods, businesses and the city to create and maintain green space for people and nature. His work in the community of Delray has led him into conversations about the rich history of Delray and the stories of the past. He is excited to continue his family legacy at the DBHS.