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!
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.
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
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!!!!!!!
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!
As a former Docent I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the FLHS for the two years I volunteered for them.
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.
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.
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.
They have a great repository of historical photographs and archival files for doing research on the history of Fort Lauderdale.
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.
I have been volunteering internship since July 2015. I love working there I have learned so much. Plus I get interact with customers and share the knowledge of the museum.
Tara revisited along the New River, the heart of the Historic District. We drove down on Memorial Day to avoid the crowds. I now appreciate the lifestyle that existed in the Old South, but understand the commitment and cost to preserve history. The Society replaced the roof on the King-Cromartie House and recently started replacing the metal roof on the New River Inn &Museum.
For a great Jazz experience, the first Sunday of each month the Riverfront is alive with thousands of people with lawn chairs and baskets of food and drink. Dogs walkers are everywhere along with food and drink concessions. Best spot is behind the Inn, plenty of shade trees and a great spot to enjoy Jazz Fest. The Society has daily tours, but after the Jazz Fest they sponsor a tour along the river to Himmershee and Brickell Ave--its both interesting and beautiful!
The history and growth of Fort Lauderdale started at the intersection of the New River and Florida East Coast Railroad. The New River Inn was the first hotel in what is now Fort Lauderdale and is the "grand dame" of architecture and Southern charm. The Museum captures the themes from Second Seminole War to the boom/bust cycles of the 20th Century to the explosive growth until present. You can see the contrast from the river of commerce looking east and west--the dynamic growth is amazing. The Historical Village includes the first residential buildings in 1905 for the Bryan Family. And, the Pioneer Home of the King-Cromartie Family, restored to its 1907 preserving most of historic lifestyle, the only example of its kind
As an elementary teacher with 25 years experience, one of the most educational and fun trips for students was Pioneer Day at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Village. The girls are intrigued with the King-Cromartie House and dresse in pioneer attire and use scrub boards to do wash. Yes, they have fun! The boys enjoy the 1899 Replica School House and all their choirs to assist their first teacher, Miss Ivy Cromardie, to chase away the bugs and vermin before entering the schoolhouse in the 1900s. Now, they are rewarded with cold lemonade. The grounds are perfect for picnics and easy transportation. The New River Inn is stately with animated panoramas depicting the Indian Wars to 21st century tribute--Fort Lauderdale still is pioneering new achievements. It's good fun for the children, teachers and parents alike.