In 1952, B.J. Palmer bought a beach home in Sarasota, Florida. It was here that he spent many of his final days. During this time he wrote ten books, traveled to Davenport to teach, managed his school and broadcasting companies, and visited with chiropractic and circus friends. He also confronted his own mortality.
In recent decades, the home was bought by Sid Williams. The Williams family restored the house and converted it into a museum. The B.J. Palmer Historic Home Foundation manages the property and raises funds to upkeep it. A recent storm damaged the dock B.J built for his boat. I visited the house and created this video in hopes of helping to restore it.
BIG IDEAS FROM THIS EPISODE
- I recorded a four-hour course on the life of B.J. Palmer. It is available for Online CE Credit and life long learning.
- Most of the course I taught was in Sarasota several years ago. Martha Nessler was in the class and also toured the house and blogged about it.
- The article on B.J. Palmer’s Beach Home was written by Michael Wayne, Jennifer Troyanovich, and Steve Troyanovich and published in Chiropractic History in 2013.
- The books that B.J. Palmer wrote while living in Sarasota are listed here: The Greenbooks.
- The B.J. Palmer Historic Home Foundation is in need of your donation to restore the dock and complete several other projects. Please go here to make your donation.
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* Music written, arranged, and performed by Dan Mills, Mark Goodell, Adam Podd