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In 1980, a group of prominent citizens came together to create a charitable organization, the Preservation Foundation, to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage and the unique scenic quality of the Town of Palm Beach. The first board members and officers of the Foundation were involved with the beginnings of the local preservation movement and the formation of the Landmarks Commission in
Over the past 40 years, the Preservation Foundation has undertaken numerous projects throughout the island that protect the heritage and enhance the beauty of Palm Beach. Millions of dollars have been raised to preserve and restore historic resources like Sea Gull Cottage and Town Hall. Projects such as Pan’s Garden have fostered a deeper appreciation for the island’s botanical heritage. Most recently, the beautification project at Bradley Park transformed a 4.4-acre public park located on the town’s historic main street.
Along with special exhibitions and publications that advance scholarship in the history of Palm Beach, the Preservation Foundation offers educational programs that serve 6,000 students annually. Heritage Education outreach programs teach the concept of learning about the history and culture of the community through the medium of local architecture. Field trips to Pan’s Garden and the Little Red Schoolhouse create immersive experiences that engage the next generation of stewards.