Delray Beach Historical Society kicks off “Celebrating Our Neighborhoods” series


As the sun went down Friday, July 25th around the courtyard at the Delray Beach Historical Society, 250 residents of Lake Ida celebrated their neighborhood at a ‘Good Ole’ Fashioned Fish Fry’ and the opening of the “Memories of Lake Ida” history exhibit. Guests were treated to all the fish they could eat from iconic Bud’s Chicken and Seafood, live Bluegrass music, craft beer from Delray’s Saltwater Brewery, wine form The Glamorous Gourmet and a Badminton Tournament on the north lawn. The “Memories of Lake Ida” exhibit will be open through September and is the first in a series to celebrate and look back at Delray’s neighborhoods. “The Neighborhood Series is a part of our 50th Birthday Celebration this year. We wanted to share the unique stories and origins of each neighborhood directly with the community and attract new members who can continue to share their personal history, expanding our archives,” says Winnie Edwards, Executive Director. This exhibit features photographs, maps, stories and memorabilia specific to the Lake Ida neighborhood and the people who created it. Visit the Delray Beach Historical Society website for information on upcoming history exhibits. Celebrating its 50th year, the Society is reaching out to a broader membership base of families, and has a goal of reaching 1,000 members by December of this year, culminating in a Pineapple Jubilee Event this December. Membership dues go directly towards helping preserve the City of Delray Beach’s archives and the development of history and educational programs for the community. Member benefits include yearlong free admission, advance ticket sales for events, discounts and guided access to the Ethel Sterling Williams Research Library and Archives. For more information or to join and support the Delray Beach Historical Society, please email or call 561-274-9578.