Learn how to become the makers of your own history!

Plan a field trip to the History Fort Lauderdale and experience our various interactive educational programs! History Fort Lauderdale offers programs dedicated to the history of Broward County and Fort Lauderdale where students will be able to understand our rich cultural past through interactive modules. Interested in science? History Fort Lauderdale offers several science based hands on programs where students discover how history and science can be entwined during the learning experience. If you decide to join us at History Fort Lauderdale, each field trip participates in a tour of the main History Museum, the Pioneer House Museum, and the 1899 Schoolhouse Museum as well as the program(s) of your choice.

All Educational Programs meet Florida State Standards

Fort Lauderdale History Museum education photoPioneer Experience: Grades pre-K – 5th
Students learn about living conditions in South Florida over 100 years ago by participating in this interactive program. They are immersed into the world of 1899, learning about the history of the original school house as well as the King-Cromartie House. Students learn how to do laundry by hand with washboards and tubs, hang clothes on the clotheslines and delight in making butter and lemonade as it may have been made in 1899.

Hispanic Heritage: Grades 6th – 12th
Students will engage and explore some of the primary source materials describing social and political circumstances surrounding the first European settlements in North America – right here in Florida - during the early 1500’s. This experiential adventure will capture the attention and interest of students and staff alike. Using interactive and inquiry-based learning methods, a visit with to History Fort Lauderdale is sure to open up a world of interest in the art and science prevalent at the time of our earliest Spanish speaking arrivals.

Fort Lauderdale History Museum education photo 2African American Pioneers: Grades K – 12th
In this program dedicated to the life of our African American Pioneers, students will learn about the contributions of early settlers like Sylvia Aldridge, Eula Johnson, Dr. Von Mizell, and Dr. Sistrunk. History Fort Lauderdale partners with Old Dillard Museum staff to present an overview of the African American Community of Fort Lauderdale that spans from the 1800s through the present time with a focus on the artistic, entrepreneurial, educational and health contributions of the African American community over time.

Tracing the New River: Get ready to raise the level of inquiry in this real life, student-centered study on the history and future of Florida’s approach to water management. Utilizing an actual historical problem statement from hydrological reporting on Fort Lauderdale’s New River, students will demonstrate their skills in knowledge acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling as they read, review and understand the process of planning and maintaining one of South Florida’s very first engineered waterways.

CSI New River: Grades 6th – 12th
Explore a modern look at the Cooley incident on the New River through a forensic anthropologist and bio-archaeologist lens. Examine the events that led to the death of William Cooley’s family and their tutor Joseph Flinton. Learn how a forensic team would determine the cause of death among the Cooley family by the skeletal markers which are left behind for archaeologists to find. Discover how a CSI team collects and interprets evidence as well as how evidence is used in criminal cases.

Fort Lauderdale History Museum education photo-3Maritime Archaeology: Grades 5th – 12th
Students discover how archaeologists uncover and excavate underwater sites in an interactive program that compares maritime and terrestrial archaeology. Students participate in a simulated marine archaeology dig where they learn how archaeologists use science, technology, and history to recover and analyze artifacts from a shipwreck. The simulated shipwreck is based off of the actual real world archaeological shipwreck site and final resting place of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Archaeology on the River: Grades 4th – 12th
Students experience an interactive study on the pre-historic and historic archaeology of South Florida and the New River. They examine a South Florida archaeology site after participating in an overview of anthropology and archaeology. This is followed by an interactive simulated archaeology dig before working in teams to determine outcomes from analysis of the archaeological data



  • The base program fee is $7.00 per student and $10.00 per parent/chaperone. There is no charge for school personnel.
  • Groups are encouraged to send 50% of the payment at the time of reservation.
  • Payments can be made by cash, check (made out to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Inc.) or credit card.
  • It is recommended that groups of more than 50 students be split between two or more days.The program lasts approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Please arrive at the scheduled time.
  • Please check in at the New River Inn located at 231 Southwest Second Ave.
  • Cancellation policy: 72 hours notice is greatly appreciated.
  • Suggestion: Pack a brown bag lunch for eating on the picnic tables near the New River. Some groups like to pack a pot-luck style lunch.
  • The 1899 Replica School House is handicapped accessible, but the New River Inn Museum's second floor and the King-Cromartie House are not.

Complete the contact form at right and Ms. Ellery Andrews will get back to you for details.
Contact Information:
Ellery Andrews
(954) 463-4431 ex: 105