The South Brevard Historical Society was founded in 1966 to bring together citizens interested in the history of Florida and especially South Brevard County. The Society’s purpose is to provide the community with the means to draw strength and perspective from the past, realize a sense of regional identity, and find direction for the future, thus enhancing the quality of life and vitalizing the communities of South Brevard.
The Society has met continuously and continues to provide programs and activities to educate members and the general public. We hold monthly general meetings the 2nd Saturday of the month from September through June. Members and guests have an opportunity to share ideas and information. The public is always invited to attend. The Society publishes ten newsletters a year to inform members of upcoming programs and news of the Society as well as information about new history publications, other history organizations and news of general historic interest. These newsletters will be published online at this website as well.
Our May Program
GROWING UP IN SOUTH MELBOURNE
Presented by Eugene C. Johnson
Please join us as Mr. Johnson shares his recollections of growing up in south Melbourne during the first part of the twentieth century.
Eugene C. Johnson is the grandson of Isaac Johnson, patriarch of one of the founding families of the south Melbourne area. Mr. Johnson was born and raised in south Melbourne and resided there until he graduated high school from Melbourne Vocational School. After high school he attended Florida A&M University and then enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. After serving 31+ years and achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, Mr. Johnson retired from the Air Force and returned to Brevard County.
Since his return he has been a prominent member of the community. Among his many noteworthy accomplishments, Mr. Johnson served eight years as a BCC trustee, three as Chairman of the Board, and eight years on the Wuesthoff Board of Directors. He is President Emeritus of The Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund Club, Inc., which was established after his son Reginald lost his life in a training accident at West Point just twenty days before graduating. The scholarship is awarded to qualified Brevard County high school students who plan to attend an accredited college or university. To date, over four and one half million dollars have been awarded to graduating seniors. This year scholarships will be awarded to 42 seniors.
3:00 PM - Saturday, May 11th
Melbourne Public Library
540 E. Fee Avenue
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2013 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The President addresses the meeting
Carol Andren President
Sandy Wilson, Vice-President and Program Chair Nan Roberts, Secretary Kathi Harbaugh, Treasurer
A board meeting
Barbara Arthur Jill Berry
Diane Barile Nancy De la Mornier, Publicity Chair
Patty Fabian, Editor John Fergus Dory Fredrickson Patsy Oliphant, Kellersberger Fund Chair
Ed Vosatka, Archives/Collection Chair
Immediate Past President Diane Barile
You may contact us at:
South Brevard Historical Society PO Box 1064 Melbourne, FL 32902-1064
United States Call: 321-725-4115
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The South Brevard Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible by limits of law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-HELP FLA.