Arts, Culture, and Humanities

FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • www.flhc.org

Mission Statement

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society brings the stories of our diverse community to life through educational experiences, cultural exhibits, research, and preservation for future generations.

Main Programs

  1. K - 12 Education
  2. Museums
  3. Research Library
  4. Visual Arts Series
Service Areas

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Florida

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society preserves and displays collections of early settlers to Broward County through present day. Our research center and library draws writers, university professors and students, architects, and researchers from the entire South Florida region.

ruling year

1963

Principal Officer since 2014

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Patricia Zeiler

Keywords

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museum, history, library, education center

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Also Known As

History Museum Fort Lauderdale

EIN

59-0993499

 Number

4454252951

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society develops unique educational opportunities for K-12 students through life long learners. Learning modules are drawn from its museum collections and developed with partner museums and teaching artists. The Society operates a comprehensive research library on South Florida history which offers public access to 400,000 historic photos, newspaper clipping files dating back to 1910 and updated daily, 5,000 historic blueprints, 2,500 historic maps, and hundreds of rare books. The Society's campus includes six historic buildings - the largest concentration of historic structure remaining in the county. Our three museum buildings offer exhibits on the Seminole People, Railroad and Land Development, Military History, local pioneer families, and education. The Society continues to collect and access artifacts from South Florida pioneer families and the Seminole Tribe. Surveys and comments are solicited from everyone who visits museums or research library. In 2016 the Society engaged in a full year of community outreach to determine the community's need for programs and services.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

K - 12 Education

Educational experience with pre and post exercises for public and private school students and home-school groups. Teachers select, in advance of their campus visit, from learning modules in archaeology, anthropology, African American pioneers, engineering, Hispanic culture, Seminole Arts & History, and the Pioneer Experience. Their campus visit includes some of the above modules combined with a full tour of the history museum, 1899 replica school house, and the King Cromartie House Museum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

Budget

$67,500

Program 2

Museums

The History Museum exhibits , housed in the New River Inn - Broward County's first building listed on the National Register, focus on the South Florida's first settlers, the Seminole Wars, and early South Florida entrepreneurs. The King Cromartie House Museum is a completely restored and furnished pioneer home. The 1899 replica Schoolhouse demonstrates the first settlers' concern for education in this pioneer territory.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$480,000

Program 3

Research Library

Historical Society maintains and staffs the most significant library and research center for early South Florida life in the region. Society Research Director and Collections Supervisor, along with support staff, provide research assistance to hundreds of authors, attorneys, architects, historic preservation boards, municipalities, property owners, university professors, higher education students, and the general public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$200,000

Program 4

Visual Arts Series

Art installations by local artists showcased in the first floor galleries of the History Museum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

34,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To provide an enriching guest experience that demonstrates the diversity of South Florida history.
    To offer exceptional educational programs based on the museum's collections.
    To grow the museums' collections with important artifacts, oral histories, and documents from South Florida's past and present.
    To continuously seek community input for continuous improvement of all museum programs.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Historical Society promotes Seminole Nation artists every year in visual arts exhibits, performances, and exhibits in its permanent collection. A member of the Tribe sits on the Society's Board of Trustees. In a similar way, the Society sponsors African American and Hispanic heritage encounters where present generations can learn the stories of pioneer generations to our region.

    In the past 2 years, Historical Society has expanded its educational programming to include modules in Archaeology, Anthropology, Engineering, Hispanic Heritage, Seminole Culture, and South Florida African American Pioneers. Cultural modules are taught by visiting teaching artists from that tradition. Each module is current with Florida Core Curriculum standards and is adjustable for different age groups.

    The museums' collections are constantly expanding. Just this year several pioneer families' collections have been accessioned. The museum staff is currently working on acquiring a significant archaeological collection, and a Smithsonian-worthy local collector's Seminole artifacts. A new oral histories project will launch in 2017 for the Society's 55th anniversary.

    Historical Society spent the past year conducting extensive community meetings to seek input on the organization's future mission. One of the projects it has adopted through this process is restoration of the historic Woodlawn Cemetery - Broward County's earliest African American cemetery. Another project born of this community outreach is a new Oral Histories project.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Historical Society's main museum offers 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. Two exhibit rooms in that museum interpret the Seminole experience and the Tequesta First Nation People. The Schoolhouse Museum honors two significant African American pioneers: Dr. Susie Holly and Sylvia Aldridge. Local African American visual artists and performers are featured at the museums throughout the year. The History Museum works with the Mexican Consulate to promote the South Florida Day of the Dead celebrations and offers exhibit space for all visual artists engaged in this celebration.

    The Society's campus, located on the Riverwalk Linear Park in Fort Lauderdale, lends itself easily to outdoor festivals and museum family fun days. For example, the City holds a Jazz Brunch on the Riverwalk every first Sunday. The History Museum offers free admission to its first floor galleries on that Sunday and invites local visual artists to share their work with visitors.

    Historical Society's current collections include 400,000 historic photographic images, 5,000 historic blueprints, 2,500 local historic maps, hundreds of oral histories, a full research library of South Florida History, and 6,000 square feet of artifacts. The collection is supported by a full time curator, a full time education director, and a part time research director. The Society manages a campus of six historic buildings - the largest concentration of historic properties remaining in Broward County.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Progress indicators include:

    Museum attendance (which includes tracking demographics for communities served)
    Number of Consultations (archival contracts, historic preservation contracts, education)
    Number of Educational Field Trips & Adult Tours
    Number of request for speakers at community meetings and seminars
    Reviews of services provided on TripAdvisor, Yelp, FaceBook, Instagram, and other social media channels.
    Surveys completed by visitors to the campus either in-person or solicited through HS website.
    More economic support for HS programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Historical Society is currently engaged with Dennis Stefanacci & Associates. They are conducting a fundraising audit and positioning the agency for a capital campaign to expand museum space and collections. The future plan is to move the History Museum to a state of the art 2 story building designed by local architect Art Bengochea & Associates. Mr. Bengochea grew up in South Florida and has a good sense

    The Society has engaged a former curator, Todd Bothel, who is a musuem professional with over 25 years of experience and a passion for the history of Broward County. Todd has authored three books on Broward's history, the latest published in 2015 focusing on Local Legends. Ellery Andrews joined the museums in 2015 as a collections assistant and has just assumed the position of Director of Education. Ellery holds a BS in Anthropology and Archaeology and has been instrumental in expanding the educational opportunities offered by the Society. The Society's research director has lived locally since the 1940's and is considered an expert on mid-century modern architecture.

    The Society's educational programs and exhibits have not yet expanded to include interactive technology. This accomplishment is a critical need expressed in community meetings last year. The Society wishes to send all of its staff and volunteer docents for interpretative training and certification on the national level. Once accomplished this will improve the visitor and the volunteer experience.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society preserves and displays collections of early settlers to Broward County through present day. Our research center and library draws writers, university professors and students, architects, and researchers from the entire South Florida region.

Funding Needs

Historical Society is exploring a capital campaign to build a new history museum. The current museum is housed in a National Register property which cannot be made accessible in many areas. Because nothing can to attached to the outside of that building nor can the exterior walls be touched, technology accessibility is a challenge for educational programs and for museum exhibits. The society has commissioned architectural plans to expand its current research library, which is NOT on the National Register, with a second floor. The first floor space, approximately 8,000 square feet, would become the new museum space for exhibits, lectures, and public meetings. Need #1 and #2 are part of this capital campaign. The third need is for an increase in the current endowment fund for the museums to $6,000,000.

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FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Principal Officer

Patricia Zeiler

BIO

Patricia Zeiler is the executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. The Society is the steward of the county's first property listed on the National Historic Register, the New River Inn. Built to service railroad visitors in 1905, this property currently houses the Fort Lauderdale Museum of History. The Society manages a full educational campus which includes the King Cromartie Museum of Pioneer History, the Philemon Bryan House, a full service Library and Research Center, and an 1899 replica schoolhouse.

Patricia has called Fort Lauderdale home since 1963. She has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors for 30 years. She began her career as a church musician, with an undergraduate degree in piano and vocal performance and graduate studies in choral conducting at Princeton. In 2009 Patricia earned a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University. She is active in Junior League, sits on the board of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the board of Broward Women's Alliance, and is a member of the Urban Core Committee of the Broward Workshop. In 2014, Patricia was selected Broward's Nonprofit CEO of the year and her agency was recognized by Fort Lauderdale Chamber as Nonprofit Business of the Year.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Katherine Lochrie

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