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.


History of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale History

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The History of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center with Samuel F. Morrison @ The New River Inn Museum of History
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In celebration of Broward’s centennial, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society kicks off their Broward 100 Lecture Series with Samuel F. Morrison, founder and champion of Fort Lauderdale’s African-American Research Library and Culture Center (AARLCC). In his talk, he will discuss the history of the organization and his role in its development.

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

2014 Founder’s Dinner
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

“Anchors Away” at the Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel

Join us as we honor Winterfest Inc. and celebrate 43 years of holiday magic.

Event Co-Chairs: Art Bengochea & Kelly Tortoriello

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Events & Activities

From Walking Tours to Pioneer Day, Luncheons to Dinners, you won’t want to miss out. »

Shop & Gallery

Our store carries books, shirts, home decor, prints & more. The perfect “gift of time.” »

Our Campus

Read more about the six unique and historic buildings on that you can visit and tour. »

Getting Involved

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