CELEBRATING 50 YEARS Happy Anniversary to all South Brevard Historical Society members, current and past, as it was on April 28, 1966 that the Society was formed in a meeting at the Palm Bay Civic Center. Since then SBHS has brought together people interested in the history of Florida and Brevard County. While SBHS works at the local level, the people employed at the Florida's Division of Historical Resources work hard to be faithful to their mission statement: "To inspire a love of history through preservation and education."
The South Brevard Historical Society was founded in 1966 to bring together citizens interested in the history of Florida and especially South Brevard County. The Society’s purpose is to provide the community with the means to draw strength and perspective from the past, realize a sense of regional identity, and find direction for the future, thus enhancing the quality of life and vitalizing the communities of South Brevard.
The Society has met continuously and continues to provide programs and activities to educate members and the general public. We hold monthly general meetings the 2nd Saturday of the month from September through June. Members and guests have an opportunity to share ideas and information. The public is always invited to attend. The Society publishes ten newsletters a year to inform members of upcoming programs and news of the Society as well as information about new history publications, other history organizations and news of general historic interest. These newsletters will be published online at this website as well.
Merritt Island Pioneer Day Celebrating Pioneer John Sams Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
In place of the regular monthly meeting, SBHS will be “in the community” with a booth at this event. We encourage all members and friends to come out.
Celebrating the history of Merritt Island on “Pioneer Day” is an annual event that has an exciting appeal for history, art, music and nature lovers. Pioneer Day is held each year near the birthday of John Sams, a citrus-grower and the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools. The Sams Cabin is now a museum within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area. Mr. Sams also helped build St. Luke’s Chapel in 1888 and is buried in its historic cemetery.
The event is a partnership between Brevard’s oldest house, Sams House at Pine Island and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church located on a sleepy little stretch of North Tropical Trail.
Sams House at Pine Island – 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. One mile south of Sams House is St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 5555 N. Tropical Trail
Please mail your dues for 2017 along with a completed form from the back of this newsletter to the address listed. You may also bring to the next monthly meeting. If you have joined SBHS since September 2016 your membership is current through December, 2017.
PLEASE NOTE EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 2017 THE SBHS NEWSLETTER WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA EMAIL. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EMAIL ACCOUNT PLEASE INDICATE ON THE FORM.
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The South Brevard Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible by limits of law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-HELP FLA.