day of the dead

Family Fun Day: Ofrenda Art Exhibit Opening
Public · Hosted by Florida DAY of the DEAD and Puppet Guild of South Florida
VIP preview 11-noon (by invitation only, please RSVP as space may be limited)
Sunday, October 7 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Exhibition up through November 2, 2018 3:00 PM

This Family Fun Day is a free public event celebrating the opening of the Florida Day of the Dead Ofrenda Art exhibit. The fun will include a shadow puppet show, art activities and a curator's tour of the community “Ofrendas” and art exhibition. Come share your #FTLhistory and culture with us at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society as we learn about Mexico's favorite public holiday!

  • Opening noon
  • Godmother Death Puppet Show
  • Milagros Metalwork Art Making Activity
  • Curators tour of Ofrenda, Fine Art and Bell exhibit

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Mid Century Modern Architectural Tour
Saturday, October 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Join History Fort Lauderdale and Broward's Mid Century Modern community in an architectural tour highlighting the historic mid century modern architecture of our city and the unique works of Dan Duckham.

The tour begins and ends at the New River Inn. Parking is available at the County Garage with entrance on 2nd Street. Lunch is included. Tour leaders are from BroCoMo.
Tickets: $59

October 23, 2018 

Fort Lauderdale is the focus of the new Florida Stories walking tour app.
Watch the short video below to see how how the app works.

Learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale at their own pace and on their own schedule. The content will include the creation of cultural, historical, and architectural walking tour.

What it is

The initiative allows users to walk around downtown with access on smartphones to archival photos, architectural renderings and audio histories. The research covers 12 locations, and the audio descriptions run five minutes or less.

“There will be 20 to 25 images at each of the 12 stops along the tour,” explains Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the society. “Most of the stuff that was old in Florida is not here. You’ll be walking in a modern city. But on your phone, it’ll have the photograph of 100 years ago right where you’re standing.”

How to get it

“You download the app for free on your phone,” Zeiler says. For Android phones, go to Google Play at For iPhones, go to the App Store at

The Fort Lauderdale stops
1. The banks of the New River and the Bryan Homes (now the Old River House Restaurant).
2. The New River Inn (built in 1908)
3. The King-Cromartie House (built in 1907)
4. Philemon Bryan House (built in 1905)
5. Hoch Heritage Research Library
6. The Tom Bryan building designed by Francis Abreu (now the Himmarshee Public House)
7. Railroad crossing on Second Street (The first train pulled into the station on Brickell Avenue on Feb. 22, 1895.)
8. Bus Station, Pace Furniture and Bivans Hotel at 200 SW Brickell Ave. (across Brickell Avenue from the AutoNation Building)
9. Burdines Department Store (where the Government Center is now)
10. Broward County Main Library (an example of Brutalism architecture)
11. McCrory’s Store building at 219 S. Andrews Ave. and the NSU Museum of Art across the street
12. Bryan/Shepherd Building (The DeSoto Hotel was on the second floor and attorney and judge Ennis Shepherd rented the first floor, so locals began calling it the 1914 Shepherd Building — where the Hideaway speakeasy bar and the Las Olas Pizza Company are now.)

And it’s not just Fort Lauderdale

Created by the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Stories Walking Tours is also available in Key West, Pensacola, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Tampa’s Ybor City.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Preservation 52: The Legacy of Local Architects

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and BroCoMo (Bro-ward Co-unty Mo-dern) host Preservation 52: The Legacy of Local Architects - A Community Conversation about the heritage and prominence of mid-century modern architecture in Broward County, featuring architect Dan Duckham. The event commemorates the 52nd anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Cost: Tickets are $25 - $40 and can be purchased at

National Museum of Peace and Justice

Friday, October 26
9:30 am

National Museum of Peace and Justice Jar Collection Ceremony for the permanent remembrance of Ruben Stacy at the historic Woodlawn Cemetery, 1936 NW 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

Lynching victims from all states are honored at National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL. Broward County’s own Ruben Stacy is honored in the museum as he was lynched in Fort Lauderdale in 1935. The museum has sent a jar to be enshrined in their Wall of Remembrance. Our local community will collect earth from Ruban’s grave for the jar.

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To purchase admission or RSVP for a tour visit us at


219 SW 2nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312



Museum Tours Advance Ticket Purchase

Museum Operating Hours

7 Days a Week 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Guided Tours

Docent guided tours – daily at 1, 2 & 3 pm
Walking tours – available upon special request