October 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Free with Museum admission

       Flagler Knights Key Web Cropped

A rare candid photograph of Henry Morrison Flagler at the
opening of the Knight's Key section of the Over-Sea Railroad
in January, 1908. Knight's Key was the southern terminus for
the Florida East Coast Railway until the 1912 opening of the
Over-Sea Railroad, the most ambitious engineering project
ever undertaken by a private citizen. © Henry Morrison
Flagler Museum Archives

Two thousand thirteen marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Henry Flagler's amazing life, and thus it is the ideal year to reflect on the legacy of Flagler, the person who literally invented modern Florida by laying the foundation for an economy that now ranks third among U.S. states and is larger than 90% of the countries on earth. The Flagler Museum's Fall Exhibition, Man of the Century: The Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler illustrates the stunning impact that Flagler had upon American business and Florida. Man of the Century examines his accomplishments in the areas of business, development, and philanthropy through photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts.

By the time of his death in 1913, Henry Flagler had accumulated almost unimaginable wealth from his business ventures. Flagler's estate was worth an estimated $100 million dollars, equivalent to more than $12.5 billion dollars today. Like other wealthy Gilded Age captains of industry and commerce, Flagler understood his obligation to society to distribute his wealth in such a way that created opportunities for others. According to Flagler, "The hardest problem a man has is how to help people. The desire to help others comes when a man has more than enough for his own needs. I have come to the conclusion that the best way to help others is to help them help themselves."

Henry Flagler's contributions provided land for dozens of schools, churches, parks, courthouses, libraries, hospitals, and cemeteries throughout Florida, especially in Palm Beach County. Photographs, artifacts, and archival documents in the exhibition document Flagler's numerous philanthropic gestures. Even after his death, Flagler's wealth continued to help Florida communities. In fact, a century after Henry Flagler's death, there is more than one billion dollars of his fortune invested in endowments or trusts that support more than 50 million dollars in educational, charitable, and cultural programs nationwide each year.

Man of the Century: The Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler was organized by the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, from its unparalleled collections.


"Flagler: The Right Amount of Wealth and Heart" - Gretel Sarmiento, Palm Beach Artspaper

"A Titanic Legacy: Exhibit Explores Life of Henry Flagler" - Jan Sjostrom, Palm Beach Daily News

Man of the Century - Gallery Talk


December 3, 2013
12:15 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
Space is limited. Please call 
(561) 655-2833 to R.s.v.p.

Join exhibition curator Tracy Kamerer for a tour of the Flagler Museum’s Fall Exhibition, Man of the Century: The Incomparable Legacy of Henry Morrison Flagler. Ms. Kamerer will explore the stunning impact that Flagler had upon Florida, examining his work in the areas of industry, development, and philanthropy through photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts.

Man of the Century Related Activities and Resources

Man of the Century
newspaper tabloid

Man of the Century tab cover
Click the image above to read the digital version of Man of the Century, a Palm Beach Daily News newspaper tabloid.

Children’s Exhibit Activity

Kids Activity

November 9, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
Please call (561) 655-2833
to R.s.v.p.

In conjunction with the Exhibition, the Museum invites fourth through eighth grade children to a special gallery tour with the Museum's Education Director followed by a hands-on learning activity. Children will be provided with decorative materials to craft a gold telegram, or commemorative medallion, as seen in the Exhibition. This event is sponsored by PNC and the Sharkey Family Charitable Foundation.    

Fall Exhibition is sponsored by:

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