Researching at History Fort Lauderdale is so fascinating. Although I start to research one project, I find two others that I'm interested in knowing about. There's so much detail, plat maps and photos to clarify a story.
I think it's terrific. Thanks.
Fort Lauderdale has a fascinating past, and HISTORY Fort Lauderdale is helping to keep it alive. I moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1976 and and have seen the city grow into a major metropolis. During most of my time here, I wrote for the Sun Sentinel. I also did substantial freelance writing for various other South Florida publications. Many times, I drew on the HISTORY Fort Lauderdale”s archives and its staff’s expertise for my stories and columns. Along with preserving the community’s history through its extensive collection of photos, stories, documents and artifacts, the organization is doing an excellent job helping to preserve the city’s oldest buildings. For new residents, long-time residents, and tourists alike, a visit to Old Fort Lauderdale Village on the New River is a fun and fulfilling journey into the past. -- Kingsley Guy
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 !
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
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.
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!
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!
Thanks, Sharon. We love sharing all the treasures we care for with our terrific partners.
This is an excellent organization - providing citizens of Fort Lauderdale and visitors with a comprehensive view of Fort Lauderdale’s history.
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!
We're very grateful for your kind words!
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.
As an expert in the field, this is high praise indeed. Thank you, Pat!!
FLHS is an efficient far reaching Historical Society interested in maintaining the history of our community and aggressively pursues that goal.
Thank you for taking time to review HS!
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
Thank you, Gretchen. We love working with you on your books and articles.
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!
And we love Island Syndicate! Your team has serious skills in events management and produces a wonderful magazine. Thank you for partnering with HS!
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.
Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on our programs. Thank you!
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.