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      Historical Society Of                              community relationships. She also has created and now   contributing to the continued growth and success of The

      Martin County Names New                            manages sustained giving and planned giving programs.   Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge,” said Prange.
                                                           Prior to joining the HSMC, she served as The Lyric
                                                                                                             She and her husband, Randy, reside in Jensen Beach.
      Development Director                               Theatre’s development director for almost nine years, building     For more information call the museum at (772) 225-
                                                         relationships, increasing donations, creating innovative   1961 or visit the website,
        Linda Prange is the new                          fundraising campaigns and a planned giving program, and   About The Historical Society Of Martin County
      development director at                            expanding a sustained giving program. Her career also includes     Since 1955, the Historical Society of Martin County
      the Historical Society of                          14 years working for Knight Ridder newspapers.    has served as a guardian of local history and a cultural
      Martin County (HSMC),                                She is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana,   center by operating the Elliott Museum (825 N.E. Ocean
      which manages the Elliott                          earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and   Blvd., Stuart) and the House of Refuge Museum at
      Museum and House of                                English secondary education, and a Master of Arts degree   Gilbert’s Bar (301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Stuart), which
      Refuge Museum in Stuart.                           in journalism and English. She has served as president   opened in 1876 and served as a haven for shipwrecked
        Prange is responsible                            of the Martin County Historic Preservation Board and   survivors. The Elliott Museum seeks to preserve and
      for raising funds through                          Realtor Association of Martin County and was named   celebrate the region’s colorful history by presenting an
      memberships, donations,                            Realtor of The Year in 2010.                      eclectic mix of traveling and rotating permanent exhibits,
      fundraising events and                               “I’m thrilled by the challenges, very impressed by   lectures and experiential events. The House of Refuge’s
      sponsorships, and developing                       the incredible team and leadership and look forward to   mission is to educate the public about the historical
                                                                                                           significance of Martin County’s iconic landmark and to
                                                                                                           ensure its historical integrity and preservation. For more
                                                                                                           information go online to or call
                                                                                                           (772) 225-1961.

                                                                                                           Finding Ancestors Carved

                                                                                                           In Stone With The Martin
                                                                                                           County Genealogical Society

                                                                                                             If tombstones could talk,
                                                                                                           what would they tell us?
                                                                                                           Plenty, according to local
            Come be a part of helping those                                                                genealogist Gary Swain,
                                                                                                           the featured speaker at the
              in need this Christmas Season                                                                Martin County Genealogical
                                                                                                           So c i e t y ’ s ( MC GS)
                                                                                                           January 2022 meeting.
           Our team is committed to serving meals to those who are                                         Presenting “Carved in
         less fortunate in our community every Saturday and we need         Serving Opportunities          Stone: Genealogy in the
        people like you who have serving hearts and care about others.                                     Cemetery,”  Swain will
                                                                        Saturday Cooking Team   7 - 8 a.m.  discuss  tombstones as  a
        • Currently serving 7 stations every Saturday providing 1,200 to   Set Up Team         9:30 a.m.   source of information about  Genealogist Gary Swain
          1,500 meals each week                                         Plating Team          10:15 a.m.   our ancestors including
                                                                        Clean Up Team         10:30 a.m.   how the types and styles of gravestones, the symbols on
        • Our bicycle team will be reconditioning bikes to pass out to kids   Transport Team    11 a.m.    them and the materials from which they are made can tell
          this Christmas – We can use More!                             Serving Team          11:15 a.m.   a story.
                                                                                                             “Serving as a direct link to our ancestors, gravestones
        • From April of 2020 we have served nearly 100,000 meals         Other Serving Opportunities       provide tantalizing clues to guide further research,”
        • If you or someone you know may be interested in getting their   Raising Awareness Team           Swain says. “They trace the lives of a community’s
          family involved please feel free to reach out to Greg Waid at   Social Media Team                founders, record major events and often provide details
                                                                                                           not available from other sources, including spelling of
          478-954-1381 or by email to OurCommunityTablePalmCity@        Funding Team                       names, dates of birth and death, military service and
                                                    Visionary Team                     religious affiliations.”

        • To donate                      #BeTheChangeByMakingADifference     Swain will also cover a variety of related topics
                                                                                                           including how to locate where an ancestor is buried, how
                                                                                                           to read faded or eroded gravestones and how to clean,
                                                                                                           repair and preserve them.
           TAKING CARE OF FAMILIES ON THE TREASURE COAST                                                     Free and open to the public, the meeting will be at the
                                                                                                           Blake Library in Stuart from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21,
                                                                                                           2022. Masks are optional. To participate via Zoom, go
                                                                                                           to and register before Jan. 20.
                                                                                                             A cemetery researcher and preservationist for decades,
                         YOUR                 “Our TEAM is committed to                                    Gary Swain has added 2,900 ancestors to his family
                                                                                                           tree. He combines his passion for genealogy, history and
                  SMILE                       care, providing quality treatment                            preservation through membership in the Sons of Union
                                              excellence in personalized dental
                                                                                                           Veterans of the Civil War. He has researched the genealogy
                                              that our patients deserve. We offer
                        IS OUR                comprehensive services including                             of dozens of U.S. military veterans, placing gravestones on
                                                                                                           unmarked graves of veterans from the Civil War through
               PASSION                        routine cleanings, teeth whitening                           World War II; during the past two years, he led efforts to
                                              procedures, porcelain crowns and
                                                                                                           clean, repair and preserve over 700 veteran gravestones.
                                              veneers and complex implant
                                              reconstructions .”               Dr. Shannon Plymale-Galinis,   In addition, he regularly conducts preservation workshops
                                                                                                           for numerous organizations. Swain serves on the boards
                                                                                and Dr. Thomas A. Galinis
                                                                                                           of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute, Western
                                                                                                           Michigan University Foundation, Michigan Civil War
                                                                                                           Institute and the 13th Michigan Memorial Association.
                                                                                                           A retired plastics industry executive and 30-year Florida
                                                                                                           resident, he divides his time between Port St. Lucie and
              BEFORE                                                                                       Kalamazoo, Michigan.
                                                                                                             In addition to its monthly programs, the genealogical
                                                                                                           society offers a variety of services at the Genealogy Room
                                                                                                           in the Blake Library in Stuart including an extensive
                                                             2812 SW Mapp Rd.  |  Palm City                research library, access to several genealogy websites
                                                          (772)283-8350                                    and assistance from MCGS volunteers. Free and open to
              ALSO OFFERING:                                                the public, the society’s monthly meetings are held in the
                                                                                                           John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library.
              Invisalign®, Dental Implants, Porcelain Crowns,                                              For more information about membership, activities and
              Facial Rejuvenation & Therapeutic Procedures
                                                                                  SEE                      services go to or call MCGS President Lisa
                                                                               WHAT                        Tompson, (772) 888-2422.
                We continue to welcome new patients and invite you to visit      ARE
                our website for special offers. Complimentary consultations   SAYING!
                available upon request.

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