Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 23, 2014

Book signing with acclaimed local author Carol Matthews Rey at Elisabeth Lahti Library May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday May 3 from 1 to 4pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, Martin County’s very own Carol Matthews Rey will be meeting-and-greeting fans for a book signing of her latest publication, Images of America: Indiantown. Come and enjoy the “old Florida” atmosphere for a reception and book signing. There will be music, refreshments, and lots of fun. Meet local residents mentioned in the book, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

About the book:
Indiantown is named after the Seminole Indians who settled there in the early 1800s. Though the city is small in population and size, it boasts a rich and colorful history that includes connections to English royalty and the filming of Hollywood movies, and it is the birthplace of the only female Seminole tribal leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. In 1924, railroad tycoon Solomon Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, with a stop in Indiantown. Warfield envisioned Indiantown as the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line and planned a model city. He died in 1927 before his dreams were realized. Today, however, Indiantown boasts a thriving citrus and boating industry, is home to one of North America’s largest winter thoroughbred training facilities, and houses the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant.

About the author:
Before creating this book, author Carol Matthews Rey—Martin County’s 2007 Teacher of the Year—worked with colleagues and students on several Indiantown history projects, with the assistance of the Elisabeth Lahti Library archives in Indiantown, and conducted interviews with many longtime community members. Inspired by her connection and love for the community and its residents, Rey tells the story of this small but interesting town. Carol Matthews Rey’s last publication was Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl, released in 2012.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at




February 14, 2013

Dr. Rachel K. Wentz explores prehistoric use of fire in Florida Feb. 28 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 14, 2013                                       
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   

Dr. Rachel K. Wentz discusses the extensive utilization of fire among Florida’s Native Americans on February 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart. Dr. Wentz’s lecture examines how prehistoric Floridians relied heavily on fire and how it affected and shaped their lives. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wentz is the East Central Regional Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, is on the board of the Florida Archaeological Council and is a Brevard County Historical Commissioner.

Prehistoric Use of Fire is one of several Belle Glade Culture events for adults, and is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

To learn more about other Martin County Library System events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website at



February 14, 2012

Professor Robert Farley to Screen and Discuss Sitting Bull Documentary 3pm Feb. 20 at Blake Library


Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                               

DATE:  FEBRUARY 14, 2012




WHO:             The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.,  in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:          Chautauqua South – Lifelong Learning:  Sitting Bull

                        Presented by Professor Robert R. Farley


Robert R. Farley, professor of history at Indian River State College, will give a presentation on Sitting Bull 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 20 at the Blake Library in Stuart.

Professor Farley will screen Sitting Bull Sitting Bull and the Great Sioux Nation, a documentary film from the History Channel’s “The Real West” series, depicting perhaps the greatest of all Native American chiefs. A discussion will follow the one-hour film.

WHEN:          Monday, February 20, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:             Free and open to the public.     


For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System call

(772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library or




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