Town Hall Talks

The 2022-2023 Town Hall Talks season consists of six (6) special speakers who will each give a presentation.

Doors open at 6:00pm for check-in and refreshments. Lectures begin at 6:30pm.
Kindly RSVP: office@bocahistory.org or 561.395.6766 x100
BRHS Members: Free / Non-Members: $10

town hall talks
buzz jim rim

Boca Raton in the 1970s

Presented by Buzz McCall, Jim Hackett, and Rim MacLaren, Longtime Boca Raton Residents

October 12, 2022

Join long time residents Buzz McCall, Jim Hackett, and Rim MacLaren as they take a walk down memory lane to Boca Raton in the 1970s. Learn about the origins of “West Boca” and the city’s expansion ending in the ill-fated and controversial “growth cap” of 1972. Find out what life was like before I-95 was completed, and Boca Raton still had “u-pick” farms.
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afghan poet

Afghan Poetry

Presented by Mujib Mehrdad

November 16, 2022

Mujib Mehrdad is an acclaimed Afghan poet, writer, translator and journalist who specializes in English literature and cultural studies. His book of poetry, “Gladiators Are Still Dying,” won the 2007 Afghan Civil Society’s literature contest. In 2021, Mehrdad’s most recent collection of poetry, “Dolphin’s Alley (Kucha-e Dolphinha),” won the prestigious Ahmad Shamlou Poetry Award for best collection of the year in Tehran, Iran. Mehrdad has used his scholarship, writing and community engagement work to advance progressive ideals in Afghanistan, including promoting women’s rights and fighting against human rights abuses. This event is sponsored by the Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida.
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bob carr

Archaeological Findings at Boca Raton

Presented by Archaeologist Robert Carr

December 1, 2022

Archaeologist Robert Carr will describe the archaeological findings in Boca Raton. Prehistoric artifacts dating back thousands of years tell the story of the human adaptation to the rich resources of our area. The subsequent arrival of European and American settlers caused the extinction of Boca Raton's native inhabitants and the beginning of the degradation of Boca Raton's natural habitats. Carr will present the results of recent research and discovery of a prehistoric site at Ocean Strand and its preservation within a city park.
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John Liller

The Second Seminole War in Palm Beach County

Presented by Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and Susan Gillis, Curator of Boca Raton Historical Society

December 14, 2022

The Second Seminole war took place largely in South Florida from 1835-1842. Fort Jupiter and Fort Lauderdale were actual fortifications built in this little-known era of local history. Join Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and Boca Raton Historical Society Curator and local historian Susan Gillis for a discussion of how the war impacted what is now Palm Beach County.
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rodney dillon

The Civil War in South Florida

Presented by Rodney Dillon, Vice President of Past Perfect Florida History, Inc. and Your Book Cellar

February 15, 2023

Rodney Dillon is Vice President of Past Perfect Florida History, Inc. and Your Book Cellar, which operates bookstores in Deerfield Beach and Oviedo, Florida. He is also Associate Professor of History at Palm Beach State College's Boca Raton Campus, and Consulting Curator for the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. His historical specialties include 19th Century American and Florida history. Rodney will give an overview of the terrible conflict which divided our nation and how it impacted the southern half of Florida with a focus on what is today the “Gold Coast.”
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Christian Davenport

the Pleistocene in Florida

Presented by Archaeologist Christian Davenport

March 15, 2023

Christian Davenport, Palm Beach County’s Historic Preservation Officer, is an archaeologist specializing in the zooarchaeology, the identification of animal and human remains. Chris is an adjunct professor at F.A.U. and was the lead archaeologist recording 33 new archaeological sites in Lake Okeechobee during the 2007–2009 drought. In 2010, he led excavations on a portion of a buried sand mound in Dubois Park and is currently researching the large prehistoric Native American mound complexes around the Everglades. Chris will be speaking about a time when saber tooth tigers, mastodons, and prehistoric camels and horses called Florida home.