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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews 240

Address:

219 Sw 2ND Ave Ft Lauderdale FL 33301 USA

Mission:

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society brings the stories of our diverse community to life through educational experiences, cultural exhibits, research, and preservation for future generations.

Results:

The Society operates a campus of 6 historic buildings which includes 1) History Museum Fort Lauderdale, 10,000 sq. ft. of permanent history, anthropology, and archaeology exhibits, with transitional exhibits in engineering, government, and visual arts; 2) King Cromartie House museum (1,500 sq. ft.) of pioneer history; 3) the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Stranahan Replica Schoolhouse. These museums are open M-F noon - 4pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am - 4pm. The Society operates education programs for Broward Schools both on its campus and in schools. Education modules include archaeology, engineering, Seminole culture, Hispanic Heritage, Civil War, Broward African American Pioneers, general South Florida history. More than 2,000 Broward students have participated in Society educational programs this year to date. Life-long learning opportunities, i.e. lectures, book signings, etc., are offered weekly. The Society operates a public library of Florida history with more than 3,000 books, newspaper clipping files that date back to 1901, 5,000 architectural plans, 400,000 historic photographic images, 300 oral histories, and 2,500 historic maps. Any given day (M-S 9am – 5pm) there can be researchers in the library from Broward Schools, 4 local universities, businesses, and property owners seeking historic designations.

Target demographics:

Preserve, educate & entertain visitors with the stories and artifacts of S Florida's unique history

Direct beneficiaries per year:

5,000 K-12 students, 40,000 visitors to historic campus & museums, hundreds of researchers and research requests.

Geographic areas served:

Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL

Programs:

Museum tours, K-12 educational programs, Life-Long Learning, Historic preservation consulting services, public library and research facility

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954-463-4431
www.flhc.org

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Reviews for Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Inc

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Every time I go to the FLHS I feel like I am coming home. The historical homes, the meeting rooms the shaded paths, the friendliness of the volunteers all are so welcoming. But it isn't just the physicality of the atmosphere that keeps me coming back -- it is the adventures of the mind that our founders exhibited and the intellectual pursuit of finding out how they managed their daily lives. We are a young enough area, that there are still folks alive who knew some of our founders when they were youngsters, and their tales are fascinating. It is this combination of intellectual pursuits and the living legacy these buildings embody that keep me coming back again and again. This is one of very few places where we are able to listen to the tales of our founding families.

 
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The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society keeps our local history alive. The preservation of the historical New River Inn is the most charming building in Fort Lauderdale.

We hosted a welcome dinner for 75 out of town guest in celebration of our wedding. The New River Inn was a spectacular venue to host our affair. The staff, the grounds and the ambience created the best party ever.

The guest got to learn history about our community we love and wonderful memories were made.

Thank you Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Inc. for keeping history alive.

Richelle & Todd W. Fort Lauderdale

 
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One year ago my family went to the book signing of the Tom Bryan and Other Movers and Shapers of Early Fort Lauderdale By Keith D. Mitzner. This was the start of my son Tom Bryan and I volunteering over the summer of 2015. We had so much fun with various schools and learning history ourselves thanks to Keith Mitzner and the staff and volunteers there. Tom had the opportunity to complete a butterfly garden as his Eagle project and rare butterflies have been spotted in the garden! Thanks to Mr. Campbell, owner of Riverfront Cruises and Anticipation Yacht Charters for tackling the renovation of Reed and Tom Bryan's homes. When my husband Reed Bryan IV and I were still dating the opening of Reed's River House took place with people dressed up in period clothes, waterfront view and old Florida food. I will never forget that event! Mr. Campbell has the vision to make this a welcome center for folks getting off the Sun Trolley and provide a small snack or drink while they decide what to see in the Ft Lauderdale area. This is a much needed service and it will help increase revenue for the Riverwalk area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last weekend I took Boy Scout Troop 183 on a tour of Las Olas and Historical museums including the FLHS tour. Jeff, you are amazing!!!!!!!!!! The scouts loved it!!!!!!!
Diana Bryan

 
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The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society's dedication to protect and preserve our historical buildings is evident in their continued efforts in our community. They bring history to life with such activities including biking, boating, Segway rides, museum exhibits, and more. They truly inspire a greater appreciation for future generations to build upon.

Highly recommend this nonprofit!

 
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As a former Docent I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the FLHS for the two years I volunteered for them.

 
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They're a wonderful organization. They frequently host groups from various non-profits to educate them on the history of Fort Lauderdale. They're very generous with their time and are very involved with the community.

 
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The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society has an extensive photo archive, and the staff is supportive and willing to help you find the right photo. I was thankful for the entire team's assistance in finding a specific photo I needed for a magazine story.

 
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As a member of the Rio Vista Civic Association Board and contributor to our bimonthly magazine, I have needed information on many historical topics; research on the history of the development of Rio Vista, the 1926 hurricane, Virginia Shuman Young, Mayor and Educator, etc., While I was poking around the FL Historical Society for such information I was astounded to find a multitude of information on those topics and many others, like the city phone book from 1947 that listed the phone number of my family home. The staff took the time to help in my research and find a spot in the corner of the library for me to work while I spread out the files across several tables. Included in the staff's suggestion was access to hundreds of B & W photographs of our small city after the hurricane which provided the image for the magazine cover.
Without access to these archives, many of which are almost 100 years old, I would not have been able to tell the story of how our city survived that disaster or that Virginia, besides being our city's first and only female Mayor, a School Board Member for over 20 years was a fine shot with a pistol.

Fred Stresau

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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They have a great repository of historical photographs and archival files for doing research on the history of Fort Lauderdale.

 
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Fort Lauderdale had a huge impact on shaping South Florida. I love telling people about this rich history of this land, and open their minds to ponder living in another time.

 
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