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History Fort Lauderdale Named “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits

Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

“History Fort Lauderdale is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with History Fort Lauderdale.”

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Best Historical Hidden Gem: Hoch Research Library

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s “campus” near the banks of the New River includes several of Fort Lauderdale’s most historic buildings. There’s the Historic New River Inn, which houses the history museum and shop, and the King Cromartie House Museum, preserved and decorated to look as it would have in the early 20th century. Next door to them, the Hoch Research Library does not, we’ll admit, offer quite the same historical glamour. But if you want information on your neighborhood, your local school or just the city in general, this place is a treasure trove. Architectural blueprints, maps, newspaper clippings and hundreds of thousands of historical photographs make this a fantastic journey back in time.


Historic Venues Lure Meeting Groups To Florida

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Located in Riverwalk Park, Broward County’s oldest hotel building, the New River Inn Museum of History, part of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society campus, dates back to 1905. It is highlighted by a charming all-white exterior and nearby gazebo.

“We have a six-building campus where we can do everything from a full IT package to a historic tea indoors,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Historical Society. “Outdoors, we’ve had as many as 10,000 people on the full grounds. We once picked up a group of about 80 Greek scholars and gave them a historic boat tour, pointing out the major area architecture sites on the water. They disembarked in front of our main building right on the New River and enjoyed a buffet dinner on the front lawn.”


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To purchase admission or RSVP for a tour visit us at


219 SW 2nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301



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

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