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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 »

Books & Photos available at the Cason Cottage Museum and the Ethel Sterling Archive & Learning Center

A good selection of local history books are available at:

  • Cason Cottage Museum: 5 NE 1st Street Delray Beach, FL 33444
  • Ethel Sterling Williams Archive & Learning Center: 111 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

Reprints from the DBHS vintage photograph collection are available at the ESW Archive & Learning Center at 111 N. Swinton Avenue. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.


The Cat at Cason Cottage
  • Author: Marsha L. Love
  • Illustrator: Robert Currie
  • Published by: Middle River Press, Oakland Park, FL, © 2012
  • $15.00 (tax included)
  • $4.00 shipping per book

“Do you believe in ghosts?” Clarabelle, the Cason Cottage cat does. The little marmalade feline who lives at the Museum, hoping that someone will adopt her, has unforgettable experience with members of the historic Cason family. She invites you to share it as you turn the pages. All sales proceeds benefit the Historical Society.

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Letters from Linton
  • Author: Charles Hofman
  • Second printing by the Delray Beach Historical Society, © 2004
  • $21.00 (tax included)
  • $4.00 shipping per book

South Florida native and former English teacher, Charles Hofman, is a grandson of Anna and Adolf Hofman, who settled here in 1895. Using his personal knowledge, his grandfather’s early letters translated from German, and research in local archives, Hofman wrote this well-received book.All sales proceeds benefit the Historical Society.


Delray Beach: Postcard History Series
  • Author: Dorothy W. Patterson & Janet M. DeVries
  • Published by: Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S.C., © 2008
  • $21.00 (tax included)
  • $4.00 shipping per book

The story of Delray Beach history from 1895 to 1970 is told through the Delray Beach Historical Society’s postcard collection and several personal collections. Available for purchase at the DBHS. Proceeds benefit the DBHS archives and the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum in Boynton Beach.


Lila Vanderbilt Webb’s Miradero, Window on an Era
  • Author: Robert W. Ganger
  • Published by: Historical Society of Palm Beach County, © 2005
  • Printed by: Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont
  • $37.00 (tax included)
  • $4.00 shipping per book

Mr. Ganger, present owner of Miradero, was inspired to write this story by research related to the restoration of his home. He is a past president of the Delray Beach Historical Society and is presently an officer on the Board of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. The book can be purchased at Delray Beach Historical Society. Purchases from the DBHS benefit the historical society.


The Last Train From Key West
  • Author: Doris L. Brady
  • $15.00 (tax included)
  • $4.00 shipping per book

The Last Train From Key West is the true story of an eighteen-year-old girl and her fiancé, trapped with others during the famous Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 that washed away the railway from Miami to Key West and killed over 600 people. The 64-page book also includes “conch” and “cracker” family recipes along with short accounts of events in the Keys and South Florida from Civil War to present day, through the lives of Doris and Roy’s families.

The Last Train From Key West is a great beach read and attractively priced. It will be a good addition to your Florida-oriented selections.

Single copies are available and multiple copies are offered at a discount through the Delray Beach Historical Society.