Become a Member
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Become a Member


Learn how to become the makers of your own history!

Plan a field trip to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and experience our various interactive educational programs! The Historical Society 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? The Historical Society 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 the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, each field trip participates in a tour of New River Inn, the King-Cromartie House, and the 1899 Replica School House as well as the program(s) of your choice.

All Educational Programs meet Florida State Standards


Pioneer Experience: 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.

Grades pre-K – 5th

Hispanic Heritage: 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 the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is sure to open up a world of interest in the art and science prevalent at the time of our earliest Spanish speaking arrivals.

Grades 6th – 12th

African American Pioneers: The Old Dillard Museum features a historical timeline 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. In this program dedicated to the life of our African American Pioneers, students will learn about the contributions of early settlers like Sylvia Alridge, Eula Johnson, Von Mizell, and Dr. Sistrunk.

Grades K – 12th


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.

Grades 6th – 12th

CSI New River: Explore a modern look at the Cooley Massacre through a forensic anthropologist and bioarchaeologist lens. Examine the events that led to the murder 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.

Grades 6th – 12th

Archaeology on the River: Take a chance on an adventure with an interactive study on the pre-historic and historic archaeology of South Florida and the New River. Examining a South Florida archaeology site, participants will begin with an overview of anthropology and archaeology. This will be followed by an interactive simulated archaeology dig before delving into an archaeologist’s study and analysis of the archaeological data.

Grades 4th – 12th

Maritime Archaeology: Discover how archaeologists uncover and excavate underwater sites in an interactive program that compares maritime and terrestrial archaeology. Students will participate in a simulated marine archaeology dig where they will 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 site and final resting place of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Grades 5th – 12th


  • 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.

Contact Us Today

Contact Information:

Karl Herbert

(954) 463-4431 ex: 105