Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Find Out How Fort Lauderdale Really Started

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of the popular Historic Walking Tours of Fort Lauderdale. Hear stories about Old Fort Lauderdale and the early Pioneers, learn about Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railroad and visit some of the oldest buildings in the city. Tours begin at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby area of the New River Inn, one of the first hotels built in Fort Lauderdale. Tours take place on the first Sunday of the month October through May immediately following the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Tours are open to the public and free of charge, but donations to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society are greatly appreciated. Historian Jim Sweeney will be leading the tours. For more information contact Ellen Ferrelli at 954.463.4431 (ext. 12) or education@fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org

ABOUT THE FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) continues to work toward fulfilling its mission of preserving the historic heritage of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and keeping alive the history of the region. The FLHS strives to encourage the love of local history in the youth of the city; to foster and support investigation, study and research into the historical information pertaining to the City; to publish, and disseminate historical information; and to encourage the preservation of historical sites and structures.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Author René Silvin Speaks at the New River Inn

2011 FLHC Speaker Series Presents Author René Silvin
Monday, October 10 at 6:00pm

The Fort Lauderdale History Center’s 2011 Speaker Series welcomes author René Silvin on Monday, October 10 at 6:00pm in the Lucy Bryan Room at the New River Inn as well as Tuesday, October 11 at noon for the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn. Mr. Silvin will be speaking on An Insider’s view of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Speaker Series and Brown Bag Lunch and Learn are free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please be sure to RSVP.

René Silvin is a retired CEO of a publicly traded, European hospital corporation Industry and Who's Who in Health Care. He is also a Knight of the Franco Britannic Order. His mother was a close friend of the Duchess' (beginning in 1937) when they both lived in the South of France. When the Duke died in 1972, Mr. Silvin was appointed by the US State Department to run the American Hospital of Paris which was the Duchess' only charity -- and where she and the Duke were treated. During the three year period between her being widowed and the onset of her dementia, he was frequently her escort in Paris. He also serves on the board of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Historical Society. 2011 will see an onslaught of new information about the Windsors, a movie, a play and two books. His book which is called "Noblesse Oblige -- The Duchess of Windsor as I knew her" will be published after Madonna's film ("WE") has been released.

For more information or to RSVP for the 2011 FLHC Speaker Series, please call (954) 463-4431 ext.12 or email education@fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org. The New River Inn is located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301. www.fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org

ABOUT THE FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Formed in 1962, the Society is responsible for the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the Fort Lauderdale History Center (FLHC). FLHC is home to six different buildings (four of which are historic): the New River Inn, built in 1905; the Philemon Bryan House, built in 1905; the Acetylene Building, built in 1905; the King-Cromartie House, built in 1907; the Hoch Heritage Center, built in the 1940s as a post office warehouse; and the 1899 Replica Schoolhouse. All of the buildings are open to the public over 300 days a year. Through a wide range of educational programs, exhibits, publications, research, tours, outreach and the historic preservation of our buildings, the Historical Society shares the story of the history of our community and the individuals who shaped it.