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MC House of Refuge Announces 2018 Lecture Series

MC House of Refuge

Each topic will be presented twice: during the day at 10 a.m., followed by an evening discussion one day later at 7 p.m. Material presented is identical in both sessions.

A Trip down the Loxahatchee is scheduled January 9 at 10 a.m. and January 10 at 7 p.m. Author Jim Snyder offers an audiovisual glimpse of his latest book, A Trip down the Loxahatchee. An imaginary boat ride from the river's 140,000 acres of headwaters down through Jupiter Inlet, celebrates the beauty and history of the Loxahatchee through the eyes of 52 leading painters and photographers. Jim will be on hand before and after his talk to sign this and his other books. 

Up next is Indiantown Roots - Cattle & Agriculture. On February 13 at 10 a.m. and February 14 at 7 p.m., long-time Indiantown resident and fifth-generation Floridian Iris Wall, and her daughter, Jonnie Flewelling, will describe the unique history of Indiantown. The Wall family settled there more than 60 years ago and has contributed to its prosperity through ranching, farming, business enterprises and environmental preservation. Flewelling owns the Historic Seminole Inn, built in 1925.

On March 13 at 10 a.m. and March 14 at 7 p.m., long-time Port Salerno resident John Hennessee discusses the history of that unique community, which was established in 1894 and known as Mulford. Hennessee is well-known as the person who rescued one of the last remaining fish houses on the Manatee Pocket and converted it into the Fish House Art Center with resident artists, eating and drinking establishments, and marina. Hennessee will talk about Port Salerno’s diverse past, including topics such as growing pineapples, commercial fishing, and rum-running.

Finally, on April 10 at 10 a.m. and April 11 at 7 p.m., Dr. Kyle Freund, Associate Professor of Anthropology at IRSC, takes on Archaeology in Pop Culture. His topic will include the misrepresentation of archaeology in film, television and other media and give his take on topics about claims over archaeological heritage, from political, religious, and self-interested motivations to ancient alien theories.

Tickets to this well-attended series are $50 for either all four morning or all four evening lectures and go on sales November 25. Individual Tickets are $15 and old on a space available basis. House of Refuge only seats 32 people, so order your tickets now!

The House of Refuge is located at 301 S. E. MacArthur Boulevard in Stuart. Visit or call 772-225-1875 for tickets or information.


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