Panama City Publishing Museum

George Mortimer West, a writer, promoter, economist, horticulturist, publisher, and entrepreneur, is credited as the founding father of Panama City, developing it into an economically viable city and port on the shores of St. Andrews Bay. He built the Panama City Publishing Company building in 1920, in the heart of historic St. Andrews. The building served as the home of Panama City’s first newspapers, including the St. Andrews Buoy, the Panama City Pilot, the St. Andrews Bay News and Lynn Haven Free Press. West died in 1926, and his wife, “Miss Lillian,” continued to run the business. She was an outspoken and sharp businesswoman, and one of the first women registered to vote in Bay County. Miss Lillian sold the St. Andrews Bay News to John Perry, owner of the Panama City Herald in 1937, and he merged the two papers into the current Panama City News Herald. In addition to photos, newspapers, and documents, produced by Mr. West, the building houses more than 70 major historical items, including original printing presses and office furnishings, which were still in use by Mr. West’s great-great grandson Charles (Buddy) West, who operated the business until the City of Panama City purchased the building in October 2005, restored it, and opened it as a museum in 2008.

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1134 Beck Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32401
850-872-7208

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3 weeks ago

The Panama City Publishing Company Museum

We always knew our Butterfly Gardens were special, but we are pleased to announce that the George West Memorial Butterfly Garden is now a member of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.

When Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter learned of the struggling Monarch Butterfly population and threatened migration from North America to Mexico, she called on her neighbor and friend Annette Wise for advice on planting the right native plants in her garden. When friends and neighbors in Plains, Georgia learned what she was doing, they wanted to provide habitat in their gardens to help pollinators. Eventually, a "trail" started of butterfly gardens one house at a time, one church at a time, one library, one state, and so on.

The more butterfly gardens that exist, the greater the population of Monarch Butterflies which have been so threatened for the past several decades primarily due to the removal of milkweed plants from farms and properties. Monarch butterflies need milkweed on which to lay their eggs. Otherwise, the cycle of life for butterflies ends. All pollinators benefit from native nectar and host plants.

We are thrilled for our garden to be included on Rosalynn Carter's Butterfly trail. Come to the Publishing Company Museum to enjoy our Butterfly Garden and visit the others in our area as well. Then, stop into the Museum to see the very special Anniversary Wall which honors the 100-year celebration of the Publishing Museum building, and the contributions that the West family made to Panama City.
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We always knew our Butterfly Gardens were special, but we are pleased to announce that the George West Memorial Butterfly Garden is now a member of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.  

When Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter learned of the struggling Monarch Butterfly population and threatened migration from North America to Mexico, she called on her neighbor and friend Annette Wise for advice on planting the right native plants in her garden.  When friends and neighbors in Plains, Georgia learned what she was doing, they wanted to provide habitat in their gardens to help pollinators. Eventually, a trail started of butterfly gardens one house at a time, one church at a time, one library, one state, and so on.

The more butterfly gardens that exist, the greater the population of Monarch Butterflies which have been so threatened for the past several decades primarily due to the removal of milkweed plants from farms and properties.  Monarch butterflies need milkweed on which to lay their eggs. Otherwise, the cycle of life for butterflies ends.  All pollinators benefit from native nectar and host plants. 

We are thrilled for our garden to be included on Rosalynn Carters Butterfly trail.  Come to the Publishing Company Museum to enjoy our Butterfly Garden and visit the others in our area as well.  Then, stop into the Museum to see the very special Anniversary Wall which honors the 100-year celebration of the Publishing Museum building, and the contributions that the West family made to Panama City.

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Love the butterfly emblem- thanks, Kim Griffin White! My favorite! ❤️❤️

THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY TO HAVE ❤️❤️🥰🤩

A wonderful addition to our community!!

This is the best for our Monarch 🦋

Very wonderful to have in St. Andrews.

Awesome!! Great job!

Just planted some milkweed.

Awesome

❤️ the butterfly Kim Griffin White❤️

This is great!

Nice

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Museum Docents Needed

The Publishing Museum is looking for volunteers to assist as docents to greet visitors and share the history of the museum as well as St. Andrews. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to participate in a docent training session, call the Museum at 872-7208 or stop by the museum. Click here for Volunteer Application.

Panama City Publishing Co. Museum

1134 Beck Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32401
850-872-7208

Free Admission!

Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM