The Palm Beach Centennial Commission will receive the Judge James R. Knott Award, the highest honor presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. And Lake Worth historian Helen Vogt Greene will receive the society’s Fannie James Pioneering Achievement Award.
The two will be honored at the historical society’s annual meeting, at 5:30 p.m. April 25 at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, which is at the old county courthouse at 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.
The non-profit Palm Beach Centennial Commission, founded for the 100th anniversary of the town’s 1911 incorporation, raised $1 million toward the $8 million renovation of the Memorial Park and Town Hall Square, which included restoration of the Addison Mizner fountain.
“We said, ‘Let’s do something meaningful,’” attorney and Palm Beach resident Bill Bone, who spearheaded the group, said Thursday. “For the first time since it was founded, the town has a true town square.”
The Knott award is named for the late judge who was president of the county historical society from 1957 to 1969 and who produced the “Brown Wrapper” series of historical vignettes, which appeared in The Palm Beach Post from 1977 to 1985.
Greene has lived in Lake Worth for more than a half century. She founded the Lake Worth Historical Museum in 1983 and got it reopened in 2012 after the recession had shuttered it for three years.
The Fannie James award honors people who preserve the history of Palm Beach County’s pioneering days. Established in 2003, it’s named for an African-American pioneer who served as the first postmistress of the post office in the settlement of Jewell, now Lake Worth, from 1889 until 1903.
For more information, visit www.historicalsocietypbc.org/ or call 561-832-4164.