The Whitehall Society's purpose is to cultivate the support and patronage of a new generation of residents of the Palm Beach area who have an interest in arts and culture, history, architecture, and the preservation of Whitehall. Funds raised support children's educational programs.
February 21, 2015
In honor of Henry Flagler's extraordinary life and legacy, in Florida and Palm Beach, the Whitehall Society will host a Bal Poudré at the Flagler Museum on Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Bals Poudré, literally meaning powdered wig balls, were popular, both in America and in England, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In England the Countess of Warwick loved to host Bals Poudré (Whitehall's Breakfast Room ceiling is a copy of the State Dining Room at Warwick Castle). In America, Bals Poudré were an interesting fusion of America's fascination with Marie Antoinette (Whitehall's Drawing Room is an homage to Marie Antoinette) and its hero worship of George and Martha Washington.
Bals Poudré were typically hosted around the time of George Washington's birthday which in the early nineteenth century coincided with the end of the Season in Palm Beach. The first Bal Poudré in Palm Beach was hosted at Whitehall by Mary Lily and Henry Flagler on March 3, 1903, and was described in a national newspaper as "one of the most sumptuous social affairs ever attempted south of Washington." From the first Bal Poudré at Whitehall sprang the tradition of hosting an extraordinary number of galas each year in Palm Beach, which raise much-needed funds for an impressive number of worthy causes.
Two thousand thirteen marked the centennial of the end of Henry Flagler's extraordinary life, though his profound legacy and influence in Florida continues even today. In honor of Henry Flagler's amazing and enduring legacy in Palm Beach and Florida, the Flagler Museum's Whitehall Society will host the 2015 Bal Poudré, at Whitehall, where it all began 112 years ago.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Flagler Museum's exceptional education programs.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities please call Sarah Brutschy at (561) 655-2833 ext. 12 or complete this e-mail form: e-mail contact form
Click here to watch a video summary of the 2013 Bal Poudré.
2013 Bal Poudré sponsored by:
Glen Dombrowski Will & Jean Matthews Paige Rense Noland
Rob & Lynn Hanke Tom Kenan Betsy Matthews
Guy & Linda Ashley II Duke & Hannah Buccan III John & Debbie Oxley John & Monica Preston
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