Everyone seemed to be delighted with the recent English Tea on March 2. Both morning and afternoon sessions were sold out! Most participants wore fancy hats to enjoy the spirited conversation and lovely refreshments served at the annual tea, just one of the unique and exciting events offered to the Palm Harbor community at the museum, which is supported by the Palm Harbor Historical Society.

Bluegrass concerts, which are performed from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month through April, have been well attended and have listeners tapping their feet and sometimes singing along with the Stump Hollow Bluegrass Band and Friends.

Meet Me at the Museum, an informative program highlighting Palm Harbor history, has been exciting with Alex Casano in January, presenting a slide show from his photo book about Palm Harbor.

In February Sharon Lamm shared her memories of Palm Harbor after she moved here in 1975. A journalist with the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) from 1978 until 1995, she discussed articles she had written for the newspaper about Palm Harbor people, places and events.

The next Meet Me at the Museum is Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., and features John Chase from Highland Lakes, whose grandfather, Stephen Chase, came to North Pinellas in 1922 to grow citrus. His grove was located just north of the Henderson grove and is now part of the Highland Lakes subdivision on the east side of U.S. 19. The program will be “How an Orange Grove became Highland Lakes.”

The April program, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, will feature Jeff Moates discussing Heritage Monitoring Scouts, a citizen’s science program to track coastal heritage sites. The program addresses effects from sea level rise, flooding, and storm events on our coastal heritage sites by monitoring sites and tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk.

People of all ages are welcome to the monthly Meet Me at the Museum programs, and refreshments are served. Admission is $5, but free for Historical Society members.

More exciting new programs and activities are underway for 2019 with opportunities and appeal for the Palm Harbor community. New volunteers with clever ideas and a new board are bringing fresh energy to the museum.

Videographer Barbara Carrier is filming new Oral Histories with long-time residents and local historians, beginning with 91-year-old Winnie Foster, a well-known St. Petersburg activist. Winnie was interviewed about her decades of work for social reform. The Oral History program at the Palm Harbor Museum was begun several years ago and preserves the stories and memories of long-time residents. A “library” of YouTube videos is being updated and new videos are being added to the collection.

Under the direction of the Palm Harbor Historical Society’s new president Jean Barnes, the museum welcomes new Operations Manager David Knupp, on loan from the Dunedin History Museum, to help with funding sources and to open the museum on Saturdays. Martha Lenderman will share her expertise working with senior groups in the community. Planning is underway to partner with other community groups for new and exciting events.

Sharon Lamm will oversee a publicity committee to further promote and educate the public on museum stories and events, in hopes of bringing in lots of new visitors and volunteers who want to explore the museum and emphasize its importance in our Palm Harbor community. For more details on all our events, please go to www.palmharbormuseum.com or call 727-724-3054.