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Happy birthday to HistoricPalmBeach.com!

It’s our first birthday.

We launched the HistoricPalmBeach.com on July 16, 2009, in honor of Palm Beach County’s 2009 centennial and the upcoming publication of Palm Beach County at 100: Our history, our home, the official centennial history book. We had a vision of HistoricPalmBeach.com becoming a treasure trove of local history, including gems from the archives of The Palm Beach Post and memories contributed by members of the community.

Since the launch of the web site, we’ve added a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Readers have submitted more than 300 comments and photos to the site, including dozens of stories contributed to the Your History section and dozens of photos.

We’ve made the historic archives of The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, and other historic south Florida newspapers available for free through a partnership with Google News Archive.

At the beginning of 2010 we added a This Week in History feature and a Then and Now photo gallery. During the month of February we added a Black Palm Beach section for Black History Month.

And we’ve created a place names map with links to more than 100 stories of the people and stories behind the names of cities, parks, lakes, streets, schools and more.

We continue to invite readers to contribute your stories, photos and questions about local history. We hope you’re having as much fun with HistoricPalmBeach.com as we are!


Posted in Flashback blog July 16, 2010 at 9:16 am.

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