Town Hall Talks

The 2021-2022 Town Hall Talks Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Alina Schwartz

A popular lecture series held at Historic Town Hall. This Town Hall Talks season consists of four (4) 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
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Boca Raton Anthrax Attack

Presented by Thomas R. Wood, CFO, Fire Chief, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Service

APRIL 20, 2022

Chief Wood has been serving on the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department for 47 years. Tom started as a Firefighter in 1974 and has worked his way up through the ranks. He served as the City Fire Marshal between 1988 and 1996. He was appointed as the Department’s 6th career Fire Chief on August 21, 2006. Chief Wood will be discussing the terrifying events of October, 2001, when the America Media Inc. building on Boca Raton, home of the National Enquirer, was one of several sites to receive anthrax laden correspondence.
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Sara

Resilient Florida: Archaeology and Adaptation at the Beach

Presented by Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director, Southeast/ Southwest Region, Florida Public Archaeology Network

March 3, 2022

Sara Ayers-Rigsby specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation. Prior to beginning her role as Southeast/Southwest Regional Director, she spent 10 years working as an archaeologist throughout the United States, with a regional focus on the archaeology of the southeast and Mid Atlantic. Her research interests include public outreach and archaeology, archaeological compliance legislation, and industrial archaeology in Florida. Sara will be sharing information on the lifestyles of the pre-Columbian people who once inhabited South Florida.
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Pete Martinez

The Wonderful Innovation of Artificial Intelligence in Health

Presented by Pete Martinez, Chairman and CEO of SIVOTEC Family of Companies

February 2, 2022

SIVOTECH focused on the incredible innovation at the intersection of Health and high-tech. Pete is a former IBM Vice-President and Senior Executive for Florida. A 46-year resident of Boca Raton, he has been at the forefront of innovation from the original IBM PC to Robotics, the Internet, Global Business Consulting, and Project Checkmate. Pete will be sharing information on the application of Artificial Intelligence to the areas of Genomics and Brain Health and beyond.
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Kleinberg

Weird Florida

Presented by author and journalist Eliot Kleinberg

December 2, 2021

Native Floridian (and Boca resident) Eliot Kleinberg has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than 30 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. Eliot is known for his local history columns “Post Time,” which ran for two decades, and “Florida Time,” which appeared in newspapers state-wide. He is the author of ten books on local history; his most recent book, Peace River, is a historical novel which takes place at the end of the Civil War. Eliot will present some of the wonderful but wacky true tales from his books Weird Florida and Weird Florida II.