The Society’s upstairs exhibition space chronicles the course of our waterways in shaping local history. The Adams-Cobb Cultural Center features maps, vintage photographs, drawings based on archeological findings, and other interpretive materials. These resources will provide the historical context for various future educational exhibits and programs about life along the Treasure Coast and its western reaches. Future programs will span various topics and times throughout the centuries—from the culture of early residents, the Ais Indians, through residents’ contemporary concerns for the environmental and economic balance of the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries.
According to Jean Ellen Wilson, the Center’s administrator, St. Lucie Historical Society volunteers will staff the Center, ready to provide answers to questions about the rich history of Fort Pierce and its surrounds.
The Society is pleased to collaborate with various public and private organizations in establishing the Center and is especially grateful to partner on this project with Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. and the Adams family. Mr. Adams, the patriarch of the Adams clan, and his family have made many generous contributions to the arts and cultural mainstays of our community. Mr. Adams’ commitment to preserving the P. P. Cobb building, which started life as a trading post in the 1870s, continues the family’s legacy of preserving local history. Bud Adams father, Judge Alto Adams Sr. was a history scholar, whose scope of pursuits in cultural studies are reflected in the titles, from standards to rare, in the extensive history section of the Adams Library.
Click here to see a Postcards from Home interview with Jean Ellen Wilson and Anne Sinnott.