A crowd fills the Anderson-Price Memorial Building.
Is history a thing of the past?
Apparently not, judging by the large crowd that packed the Anderson-Price Memorial Building on Aug. 19 for the 40th birthday celebration of the Ormond Beach Historical Society. History is very much alive and important to many people.
“If you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going,” said Bob Coleman, society member.
At the check-in table for the event was Becky Hawk, who said she’s learned a lot by attending the lectures about Florida and local history at the Anderson-Price Building, hosted by the society.
Debby Bell said she had learned more about Ormond Beach in the three years she’s lived here than she learned in a lifetime in her home state.
Kathy Dunlop, who was visiting and considering joining the society, said it was exciting to learn about the historic sites.
“There’s so much to see and do,” she said. “Ormond Beach is rich in history.”
A guest of honor at the event was Lupe Burt, one of the founders of the historic society in 1976.
“It was founded in her kitchen,” said Sybil Greening, also a guest of honor, whose husband, William, was one of the early presidents.
Burt said the organization got started in an effort the save The Casements, which had fallen into disrepair in the 1970s. There were some who wanted to raze the building and build a condominium. The group she formed worked with the city to obtain grants and raise money to restore the building, which now serves as the city’s cultural center.
Burt now believes the city should create a plan for the important historic area that includes The Casements and MacDonald House.
“No other city has what we have,” she said.
Another guest of honor was former state Senator Evelyn Lynn, who was also an Ormond Beach City Commissioner. She worked to save the cupola from the Ormond Hotel that now sits in Fortunato Park and many artifacts from the hotel. She also led Pennies for Preservation in 1996 for the MacDonald House.
The society helped save the Ormond Indian Burial Mound, Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church, Anderson-Price Memorial Building, MacDonald House and Three Chimneys Sugar Mill Ruins.
“Ormond Beach is rich in history.”
KATHY DUNLOP, guest at anniversary celebration
Did you know?
The Ormond Beach Historical Society began when citizens got together to save The Casements.