Melbourne Author Offers Local History Presentation

By  //  January 13, 2013

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Public Invited To Free Lecture

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The early history of Melbourne and Eau Gallie will be the topic of a presentation by historian and author Karen Raley as part of a quarterly lecture series presented by Melbourne’s Historic Preservation Board.

Historian Karen Raley, the author of Melbourne and Eau Gallie (Images of America) will present a free lecture Jan. 15 in Melbourne. (Image courtesy of Acadia Press)

The pubic is invited to attend the lecture, which will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Melbourne City Hall Council Chamber at 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue.

“The public is encouraged to attend as part of the board’s community outreach initiative,” said Kelly Delmonico, a planner for the City of Melbourne.

The advisory board is comprised of volunteers appointed by the City Council, and the board works to encourage the preservation of structures of historic significance.

Raley’s lecture “Melbourne & Eau Gallie’s First Hundred Years” focuses on the evolution of two communities that grew steadily alongside the Indian River Lagoon and were eventually impacted by America’s space program.

The former municipalities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie merged in 1969 to become the City of Melbourne.

Raley taught history for many years at the University of North Carolina. She and her sister, Ann Raley Flotte, grew up in Melbourne and are the authors of the local history, Melbourne and Eau Gallie, (Images of America) published by Arcadia Press.

Additional information is available by calling 321-608-7511 or by sending an e-mail to