Man of the Century: The Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler
October 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Included with Museum admission
Two thousand thirteen marks the 100th anniversary of Henry Flagler’s death and thus it is the ideal year to reflect on the legacy of Flagler, the person who literally invented modern Florida by laying the foundation for an economy that ranks third among U.S. states and is larger than 90% of the countries on earth. Man of the Century: The
Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler illustrates the stunning impact that Flagler had upon Florida, examining his work in the areas of industry, development, and philanthropy through photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Flagler Museum IMPACT
October 29 – November 26, 2013
Beginning October 29, the Intergenerational Mentoring Program for Art, Culture and Technology (IMPACT), will focus on improving creative writing skills by building intergenerational relationships. Fifth grade students will take special tours of historic Whitehall and Railcar No. 91, see objects from the Museum’s Archives that are not on exhibit, and create a book of essays. IMPACT is offered twice annually to local schools as a supplement to classroom learning. Museum Docents lead small groups so that each student receives an exceptional amount of individual attention.
IMPACT is sponsored by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Each afternoon the Flagler Museum offers a Gilded Age style lunch that features an array of delicacies and refreshments reminiscent of the elegance of entertaining during the Gilded Age. Visitors may enjoy a selection of gourmet tea sandwiches, traditional scones, and sweets complemented by the Flagler Museum’s own Whitehall Special Blend™ tea, and served on exquisite Whitehall Collection™ china. Café des Beaux-Arts is located in the beautiful Flagler Kenan Pavilion, and provides guests with spectacular panoramic views of scenic Lake Worth and the West Palm Beach skyline. Henry Flagler’s private Railcar No. 91 completes the sophisticated Gilded Age ambiance.
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2013
The 16-foot tall Grand Hall Christmas Tree, with its historically accurate trimmings, is the center of Whitehall’s holiday celebrations. The Tree Lighting festivities include holiday music played on Whitehall’s original 1,249-pipe Odell organ and the 1902 Steinway art-case grand piano. This annual performance is the only opportunity visitors have to hear both of Whitehall’s majestic instruments. Special choir performances, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus complete the afternoon’s activities. The event culminates with Henry Flagler’s youngest descendants lighting the Grand Hall Christmas Tree. Each visitor will receive a box of Animal Crackers, a treat invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box with a string was originally designed as a Christmas Tree ornament.
The Christmas Tree Lighting is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.