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Welcome to the Ormond Beach Historical Society

Upcoming Special Events, Exhibits & Educational Programs



October 27, 2022 thru January 26, 2023

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MacDonald House
38 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Deltiology: the study and collection of postcards. An exhibition from the collection of Ned & Brenda Kraft

This collection consists of 66 postcards dating from 1904 to the 1960s. They represent many areas of Ormond Beach to include: The Casements, Ellinor Village, Ormond Hotel and the Tomoka River reflecting the natural beauty of our waterways. Postcards were produced in mass and made widely available for the promotion of tourism, and are often the only record of a location or a building in a area. This can become a field of study as an area changes and the postcard leaves a trace of an earlier time.

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Speaker Series

January 14, 2023

9:30 a.m. - Refreshments & Coffee 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Program
Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Pandemics and Protests:
America in 1919 and 2020

Martha Bireda, will discuss the ways in which the social climate of America in 2020 mirrors that of 1919, examining the similarities and differences as well as the factors influencing the social conflicts in each year. She has consulted, lectured, and written about social issues related to race, gender, class, power, and culture for more than 30 years.


Presently, Dr. Bireda is Director of the Blanchard House Museum in Punta Gorda.  She is the author of 10 books, a frequent public speaker, lecturer, and Living History re-enactor.

Complete 2022-2023 Speaker Series Schedule

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Speaker Series

December 3, 2022

9:30 a.m. - Refreshments & Coffee 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Program
Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Presidents in Florida

James C. Clark, Senior Lecturer in the University of Central Florida History Department, will discuss how George Washington had nothing but trouble with Florida, and how Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy’s life in Florida. Herbert Hoover learned about Al Capone and Warren G. Harding got stuck on a Florida sandbar. Learn about America’s presidents’ strange relationship with our state. This talk is based on the book, Presidents in Florida.

Complete 2022-2023 Speaker Series Schedule

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Speaker Series

January 28, 2023

9:30 a.m. - Refreshments & Coffee 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Program
Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach

The French Connection

James “Zach” Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History at Daytona Beach's Museum of Arts and Sciences, will discuss how the French had a long connection to Florida dating back to 1563 with their colony of Fort Caroline. Campbell Town, Napoleon’s nephew, French aid during the American Revolutionary War, pirates, John James Audubon, merci trains and more are discussed in this presentation about the French influence in Florida over the last 500 years.


Complete 2022-2023 Speaker Series Schedule

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Thank You, Florida Humanities!

Florida Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded Ormond Beach Historical Society a $18,500 grant to help recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Ormond Beach Historical Society, we are very grateful to Florida Humanities for the American Rescue Plan grant. The grant will help us keep our staff positions, purchase essential technology, and to nurture the rich history and culture in Ormond Beach, so we can share and preserve it for generations to come.