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FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

History is a family affair.

aka History Fort Lauderdale   |   Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  www.historyfortlauderdale.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Patricia Zeiler

Main address

219 Sw 2nd Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA

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EIN

59-0993499

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

History has different perspectives. Our region's Tequesta First Nation People were decimated by European diseases inadvertently spread by Spanish explorers. The 400 men who came to Broward County in 1895 to build Henry Flagler's railroad were not counted in the census because they were African American. In more recent history, refugees from Cuba and Haiti were greeted with suspicion and sometimes clear dislike by the immigrant nation on the shores of South Florida. Our agency seeks to collect and share the stories of our many South Florida cultures - how each contributed to the establishment, expansion, and prosperity of the current population. Mistakes were made, like the dredging of the Everglades without thought of environmental damage or the restriction of African Americans to the NW quadrant of South Florida cities propagated by the Army Core of Engineers. Knowledge empowers change as we learn from our past to build a better future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Main Museum exhibits, housed in the 1905 New River Inn - Broward County's first building listed on the National Register, focus on the South Florida's First Nation People, Flagler's Railroad, 1920 Fashion, Military History and early South Florida entrepreneurs. The Pioneer House Museum is a completely restored and furnished home set as if the family will return at any moment. The 1899 Schoolhouse Museum demonstrates the first settlers' concern for education in this pioneer territory.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

IMLS Grant Award 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

K - 12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Museums

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Research Library

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

total research requests logged in at Hoch expert presentations at conferences, local civic associations, professional organizations. Coordinating Traveling Exhibits at other museums/locations.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Museums

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Main Museum ground floor visitation and visitation to traveling exhibits at other locations.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Museums

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of paid museum admissions.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 improvement of all programs.

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.

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.

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 organization's current staff includes 8 staff members dedicated to research, collections management, exhibitions and education. This team oversees all temporary and permanent exhibits, audits and manages all collections, ephemera, and library resources. They word with 2 advisory councils: museum and education, which are comprised of educators and museum professionals representing the diverse populations of the region.

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, 15,000 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.

Historical Society is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary. The future plan is to move the History Museum to a state of the art 2 or 3 story building designed by local architect Art Bengochea & Associates. Mr. Bengochea grew up in South Florida and has a good sense of local history and historic preservation. Historical Society has brought a deputy director on the staff with an eye to succession planning.

The Society has engaged a former curator, Rodney Dillon, who is a recognized and published Florida historian and university professor with over 35 years of experience and a passion for the history of Broward County. Rodney has authored books with Dr. Paul George and with Joe Knetsch, the 2 most recognized living Florida historians. Tara Chadwick, a museum expert with national and international curatorial experience, is curator of exhibits. Tara is Belizean by birth and brings her Mezoamerican artistry and diversity experience to every exhibit that is installed in our museusm. Two staffers with MLS degrees handle research requests and manage the Society's large library and research tools.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patrick Scott

Gray Robinson

Term: 2021 - 2023

Art Bengochea, AIA

Art Bengochea & Assoc.

Ollie Wareham

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Melinda Bowker, CPA

Kate Lochrie

Citrix

Shaun Kelley-Perrone

Zachary Bazara, JD

Greenberg Traurig

Carol Henderson

Broward MPO

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/07/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.