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The mission of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is to bring the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations.

We are an organization formed of many parts. Most of our buildings were built in early 1900s as school houses, inns, and homes, but are now used to explore the history of what we call “Old Fort Lauderdale.” Because a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, we collect, preserve and share material from our community’s past so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.

We offer public lectures and workshops; arrange school and general group tours; operate a research center; maintain a 1907 house museum, three other 1905 historic structures and a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions.

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October – November 2014

Oct
5
Sun
2014
Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Opening & Family Craft Fair
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Event Name: Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Opening & Family Craft Fair

Date and Time: Sunday, October 5, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: The New River Inn Museum of History, 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Organization Hosting: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Event Description: This exhibit, which is a partnership with local artist Jim Hammond, will open on Sunday, October 5, 2014, with a family-friendly event offering a host of activities including:

A Family arts and crafts event with giant puppets, various craft activities from 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
The “Godmother Death” performance by Simply Puppets at 11 a.m.
An opening welcome and Mariachi performance at noon
A mask-making station
The opening of the New River Inn Museum of History’s official merchandise kiosk
The exhibit will remain open for a month culminating in the highly- anticipated Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday, November 2, 2014, with face painting, mask-making, and other entertainment.

Contact Information: Email cthompson@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431 ext.16

Oct
13
Mon
2014
Lecture: Samuel F. Morrison @ The New River Inn Museum of History
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Topic: “The History of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center” Talk

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Launches the Broward 100 Lecture Series with Samuel F. Morrison’s Talk About the History of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 10, 2014) – On Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Historical Society will host Samuel F. Morrison at the New River Inn Museum of History for a talk about the history of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, which he founded, for the start of their Broward 100 Lecture Series.

The Fort Lauderdale African American Research Library and Cultural Center might have happened without Samuel F. Morrison – but it would not be the gem that it is today.

“I had to convince my superiors at the county to build a larger library than they had planned,” said Morrison, the former director of the Broward County Library system.

In 1996, Morrison got the library’s location construction approved, “with the understanding I would raise the rest of the money.” In 2002, he saw his goal achieved when the facility opened.

But while the size and scope of the library and cultural center was Morrison’s idea, he says it was the entire African American community – clubs, organizations and church groups – that came together to raise money.

The library also put Fort Lauderdale among a very select group of cities. “At the time it was conceived, it was only the third public library of its kind in the U.S,” said Morrison. “And today, there are still only about five or six of them.”

Now, the facility, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., boasts literary collections of African-American authors, books and artifacts from Africa, the Caribbean, and North and South America, a Small Business Resource Center, resources for information on local history, and a 5,000-square-foot art gallery.

“The building itself provides a great service point for the community,” said Morrison.

Morrison’s talk will be the first in the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s Broward 100 Lecture Series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Broward County.
The New River Inn Museum of History is located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.FortLauderdaleHistoricalSociety.org.

About the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society
The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) brings the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations. Believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, the FLHS collects, preserves and shares material from our community’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.

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Once you RSVP, you will receive updates via email in regards to future lectures at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.

Oct
17
Fri
2014
Dock, Dine, & Dance
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Dock, Dine, & Dance

Event Name: 2014 Founder’s Dock, Dine & Dance

Date and Time: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Pier 66 – Pier Top (2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316)

The 2014 Founder’s Dock, Dine & Dance event will honor Winterfest Inc. and celebrate their Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade that has provided 43 years of holiday magic in South Florida. This exclusive event in one of Fort Lauderdale’s most special venues, the Hyatt Pier 66 – Pier Top, offers panoramic views of downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Tickets are $150 per person and include open bar, various food stations and dessert. The event will be co-chaired by Art Bengochea and Kelly Tortoriello.

 

Contact Information: Patricia Coyle Zeiler at (954) 463-4431 ext 15 or pzeiler@flhc.org.

 

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Oct
26
Sun
2014
Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Name: Trick or Treat on 2nd Street

Date and Time: Sunday, October 26,1 to 5 p.m.

Location: Parade Ends at the New River Inn Museum of History, 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Event Description: The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society collaborates with the Parks and Recreation department for the City of Fort Lauderdale and other community organizations to present an afternoon of Halloween fun for families. The front of the New River Inn will serve as the final location in the parade and will host a variety of booths offering different activities.

Contact Information: Email cthompson@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431 ext.16

Nov
2
Sun
2014
Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Closing & Family Craft Fair
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Event Name: Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Closing & Family Craft Fair

Date and Time: Sunday, November 2, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: The New River Inn Museum of History, 231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Organization Hosting: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Event Description: This exhibit, which will run in partnership with local artist Jim Hammond, will close on Sunday, November 2, 2014, the Day of the Dead with a family-friendly event offering face painting, mask-making, and other entertainment.

Contact Information: Email cthompson@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431 ext.16

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