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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 – December 2014

Oct
5
Sun
2014
Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Opening & Family Craft Fair
Oct 5 – Nov 2 all-day

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

Date and Time: Sunday, October 5, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sunday, November 2, 2014.

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:

11:00 A.M.  - “Godmother Death” performance by Simply Puppets- Lucy Bryan Room
12:00 P.M. – Mariachi Performance
2:00  P.M. – Historic walking tour- Riverwalk

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
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 education@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431 ext.12

 

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

Nov
2
Sun
2014
Day of the Dead “Ofrendas” Exhibit Closing & Family Craft Fair
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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

Date and Time: Sunday, November 2, 2014 10 a.m. to 8 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

Nov
10
Mon
2014
Lecture: Seth Bramson and special guest
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society continues its Broward 100 Lecture Series in celebration of Broward’s centennial with Seth Bramson, the company historian for the Florida East Coast Railway and the curator of the Florida East Coast Railway Museum archives. Bramson has written 21 books on the history of South Florida and is an adjunct professor of History at both Florida International University and Barry University. Bramson’s lecture will be a retelling of the history of the Florida East Coast Railway, “America’s speedway to sunshine.”

Bramson will be joined by Ali Soule, public affairs manager for All Aboard Florida, who will follow his lecture with a presentation on All Aboard Florida’s plans for the future of the railways in Florida.

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

Contact Information: Email info@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431

RSVP Below:

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

Nov
13
Thu
2014
Harvest Bites and Holiday Lights @ The New River Inn Museum of History
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In partnership with the Riverwalk Trust’s Light Up Lauderdale event, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society will host their annual Harvest Bites and Holiday Lights. Participants can enjoy an open bar and heavy appetizers as the Historical Society lights the New River Inn for the holiday season. There will also be holiday music on the balcony and a special treat of cookies and punch on the porch for members of the Riverwalk Trust after 7 p.m.

Price: $20 for members, $35 for non-members. RSVP is required.

Contact Information: Email info@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431

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Dec
4
Thu
2014
Holiday Twilight Tour
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy holiday lights and decorations in the Historic District, a docent-led tour of the New River Inn and the King Cromartie House, and egg-nog and cookies with carols on the porch at this special holiday event.

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Dec
7
Sun
2014
Holiday Craft Fair
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Holiday crafts fashioned by local artists will be for sale. Enjoy self-guided or docent led tours of the historic properties, have an old-fashioned lemonade, and join the Historic Walking Tour of the New River at 2:30pm.

Contact Information: Email info@flhc.org or call 954-463-4431

Dec
13
Sat
2014
Winterfest Viewing Party
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy a walking tour of the boats east of the New River Inn at 5 p.m. before returning to the New River Inn for drinks and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind view of the legendary Winterfest Boat Parade begins.

Dec
19
Fri
2014
Holiday Lights Boat Tour
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This enchanting evening on the water will begin at the New River Inn with a docent-led tour of the historic district. Afterward, guests will board a private boat for a tour of the holiday lights along the New River and the inter-coastal waterway.

 

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