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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Historical Organizations, Historical Societies & Historic Preservation, History Museums, Libraries

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 (history, anthropology, archaeology & visual art exhibits); 2) Pioneer House Museum; 3) the 1899 Replica Schoolhouse Museum. These museums are open M-F noon - 4pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am - 4pm, with docent tours of all 3 museums departing from the lobby every day at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm. 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 research library of Florida history with more than 3,000 books, newspaper clipping files that date back to 1910, 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

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

A one of a Kind experience in the ever changing landscape of Ft Lauderdale. Visiting the New River Inn is a visit to the very beginning of modern day Ft Lauderdale. Tucked away in the heart of greater ft lauderdale on the New River is a campus of original structures including the Ft lauderdales first hotel constructed in 1905. Informative displays and guides tell the story of Ft Lauderdale while standing in the very spot it all began. Don’t miss this experince !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working closely with the The Fort Lauderdale Historic Society for the past two years. We are creating an extensive history and photo gallery in our building that was the former site of Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Portions of this 1936 hotel have been preserved. The hotel was instrumental in creating Fort Lauderdale as a tourist destination

Their assistance in researching and furnishing old photographs and the history behind them has been invaluable. Many of the photographs used for the exhibit was obtained from them

After almost a two and a half year process this Gallery will be completed next month. We are very appreciate to all those that assisted from the Fort Lauderdale Historic Society that helped make it possible

Bob Golden-Gallery creater and director

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I call the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society a full service organization. Of course, you learn the history of Fort Lauderdale. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and they take the time to explain as much info as you want. They answer all your questions. Walking through the campus is walking through history. Besides learning the history, it also has informative speaker series that discuss the many events and structures that are the groundwork of Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is also a community meeting place to host any event or activity that wants a special scenic venue being on the river right in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The campus has the building and the grounds to host the most sophisticated as well as a toddlers birthday party. The Historical Society appeals to all ages, cultures, events and activities. It is a must see for every resident and visitor in South Florida.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a non profit that is totally in tune with their immediate community needs by hosting relevant fund raisers and educational seminars to help the community be informed and grow!

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Thank you!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love looking through all of the photographs, artifacts and books, that tell the incredible history and story of Fort Lauderdale. There are also terrific events and speakers. It is so special to walk the grounds and imagine the way it was!

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Thanks, Sharon. We love sharing all the treasures we care for with our terrific partners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization - providing citizens of Fort Lauderdale and visitors with a comprehensive view of Fort Lauderdale’s history.

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is a wealth of information about Fort Lauderdale's fascinating and often overlooked past. The executive director and staff are knowledgeable and helpful. They are truly one of the great treasures of this town!

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

We're very grateful for your kind words!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Historical Society is a well run organization that serves our Broward County Community. It is centrally located right in the heart of the original Fort Lauderdale, New River area. I have used the library at the society to do specific research on residential homes in the eastern section of the city. There is no other facility that offers this type of documentation on the development of our fine historic community. I have also attended presentations on historic homes with my family and it brings a greater understanding of the development of south Florida. This is a very diverse community and the society serves the needs of all residents. Patrick Sullivan, Plantation.

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

As an expert in the field, this is high praise indeed. Thank you, Pat!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLHS is an efficient far reaching Historical Society interested in maintaining the history of our community and aggressively pursues that goal.

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Thank you for taking time to review HS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am at the Historical Society often doing research for my writing and attending programs. The staff is so helpful and the programs are top notch. Gretchen Thompson 954 397 0510

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Thank you, Gretchen. We love working with you on your books and articles.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm part of team that promotes an event hosted at The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Through our interactions with them, I've come to learn their commitment to recognizing various cultures (including my own, which was previously not recognized in any local activity), and to honoring the histories that make Fort Lauderdale such a vibrant and inclusive city. From the artists they house in residence, to the displays of old world metalworking, to their monthly installations, presentations, and even their very housing within a campus of buildings moved to their site from around Fort Lauderdale, they're a pleasure to have access to. They also have an amazing staff dedicated to the work they do. Love them!

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

And we love Island Syndicate! Your team has serious skills in events management and produces a wonderful magazine. Thank you for partnering with HS!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love taking my family to various events at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. We have attended Day of the Dead events for several year. We have also attended archeology day and other one day events. The events are a good mix of events for adults and children.
FLHS also has a great collection of historical materials and archives that document the early history of Fort Lauderdale. FLHS loves working with local organizations and school. They collaborated with Boyd Anderson High School and Plantation High School to preserve a Historic African American Cemetery. FLHS is a great site worth a visit and revisit.

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FTLHistory 07/03/2018

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on our programs. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society plays a pivotal role in the education and cultural significance of our community's history. The staff is not only supportive but very generous with their time and knowledge as well as their resources. If you haven't visited one of their events or exhibits, I would highly recommend it!

5-stars all the way for this wonderful nonprofit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

4 Vanessa32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.