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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March 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Broward 100 Lecture Series Continues with “The Last Train from Key West” The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society will host Suzanne Tripp for her lecture “The Last Train from Key West” when their FREE Broward 100 Lecture series continues. Tripp’s lecture is based on a book authored by her mother, Doris Brady, that tells the story of Brady’s trip on that last FEC train to ever leave Key West and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane that destroyed the Oversea Rail and precipitated that voyage. “The Last Train from Key West” lecture will also feature Tripp’s enhancements to the book, which relates[...]
March 11, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and Leadership Broward as we kick off a new business networking series with a historical twist. Network with Debbie Duay (Daughters of Revolution)      
Lecture Series: Frankee Lewis @ The New River Inn Museum of History
March 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Event Name: Women’s History Lecture Organization Hosting: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Event Description and Price: One wonders about the courage of Frankee Lewis, who left her Virginia home for the Bahamas and eventually southeast Florida. History notes that the Lewis family became the first white American settlers in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1700s, and after Mrs. Lewis lost her husband and a son during a storm in 1819, as a single mother, she managed property, animals and crops as her livelihood. Her ability to adapt, to function and to succeed in foreign lands puts her high on the list[...]




Events & Activities

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Shop & Gallery

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Our Campus

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

Getting Involved

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