Florida History and Culture Takes Center Stage @ Broward County Libraries
Looking Back at Hispanic Heritage, Henry Flagler’s Florida Dream and the Historical Commission’s Pioneer Days
The history of Florida is rich and colorful, filled with stories of conquistadors and visionaries. Many searched for golden treasure, and some looked for the fountain of youth while others sought out a good place to build a railroad.
This month, Broward County Libraries takes an eclectic look at Florida’s past, highlighting the last two weeks of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the final months of Viva Florida 500 (a celebration of Ponce de Leon’s exploration of Florida) and the history of rail travel on the Florida East Coast Railway. The Broward County Historical Commission will also host Pioneer Day, an annual event held since 1973, on October 19 with a reception/recognition ceremony for Broward “pioneers.”
Pioneer Day 2013
Broward County Historical Commission joins with the City of Coral Springs and the Coral Springs Historical Society to presents Pioneer Day 2013. The 2013 Broward County “Pioneers” will be honored on October 19 at the Coral Spring Center for the Arts and the Museum of Art, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive in Coral Springs. The event will kick off with a reception at noon followed by a ceremony at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Historical Commission at 954-357-5553.
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book Presents The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast at Main Library’s Bienes Museum of the Modern Book – Exhibit and Viva Florida 500 Finale
Take a ride through the past and visit The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast exhibit, on display at Broward County Libraries Division's Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the sixth floor of the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
On display through March 31, 2014, The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast takes visitors on a journey that began in 1885, when Henry M. Flagler purchased the predecessor of today's Florida East Coast Railway (FEC). The exhibition, which is drawn from the Myrna and Seth Bramson Florida East Coast Railway Archive, heralds the glories of train travel on the FEC and includes model trains from the collections of Jonathan Nelson and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society as well as images, brochures, booklets and other memorabilia from the golden days of rail passenger service.
The opening reception for The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast is scheduled for October 9, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bienes Museum. The exhibit is part of the library’s finale celebration for Viva Florida 500, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s exploration of Florida.
Upcoming special programs and events celebrating Viva Florida 500 and The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast include:
October 21 - 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Florida East Coast Railway: For Almost 120 Years, America's Speedway to Sunshine. Discussion and Q&A on the history of Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway, presented by Professor Seth H. Bramson, Main Library, Bienes Museum.
November 4 - 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension. Talk and Q&A on "the greatest railroad engineering and construction feat in U.S. history," presented by Professor Seth H. Bramson. Main Library, Bienes Museum.
Hispanic Heritage Month Reaches Half-way Mark!
From now until October 15, Broward County Libraries will continue its Hispanic Heritage Month commemorations with Spanish language and dance classes, book discussions, author presentations and just plain fun! Here’s what’s happening at library locations countywide:
Books & Authors
October 2 - Author Book Presentation: No a la Leche with author Tatiana Barrera, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Weston Library, 954-357-5420
October 8 - El Tiempo Entre Costuras by Maria Duenas: Book talk in Spanish, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 954-357-7990 (To place a hold on this item, scroll down to bottom of page.)
October 15 - Booked for Lunch: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. Dessert/beverages provided – bring bag lunch, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Imperial Point Library, 954-357-6530 (To place a hold on this item, scroll down to links at bottom of page.)
October 16 - Let’s Talk About Books: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library (To place a hold on this item, scroll down to links at bottom of page.)
Classes & Workshops
October 1, 8, 15 - Spanish Café: advanced Spanish grammar, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 954-357-7990
October 1, 8, 15 - Toddler Time: story, songs and puppets, ages 12-35 months, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 954-357-7990
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Spanish I, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hollywood Library, 954-357-7760
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - El Club de Conversacion en Español, 6 to 7:30 p.m., West Regional Library, 954-765-1560
October 2, 9 - El Club de Conversacion en Español, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 954-201-8825
October 9 - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Learn popular Latin American dances! 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 954-357-7670
October 2 - Focus on Frida, teens, 4 to 5:45 p.m., Main Library, 954-357-7444
October 5 - Traditional and Contemporary Music of the Andes, 2 to 3 p.m., Tamarac Library, 954-765-1500
October 5 - Pelicula/Movie: Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) 2000/Argentina, 2 to 4 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Library, 954-357-7500 (To place a hold on this item, scroll down to links at bottom of page.)
October 7 - Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: Call 954-201-8870 for title, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 954-201-8825
October 10 - Classical Viola and Piano Concert: David Pedraza and Anastasiya Timofeeva present Around the World in Music, 2 to 3 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 954-357-7990
October 10 - Hispanic Heritage Month Film - Call 954-357-6580 for title, 2 to 5 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 954-357-6580
October 14 - Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: Call 954-201-8870 for title, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 954-201-8825
Fun for Children and Families
October 5 - Magic Show! 12 noon to 1 p.m., Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library, 954-357-7073
October 10 - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Stories & Crafts for Children and Families, all ages 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tamarac Library, 954-765-1500
October 12 - ¡Viva México! A Hispanic Heritage celebration featuring Griselda Castro Mexican Folkloric Show, a piñata for the children and a taste of Mexican foods, all ages welcome! 1 to 2:30 p.m., Miramar Library and Education Center, 954-357-8090
October 12 - Hispanic Heritage Month Concert for Children, all ages, 2 to 3 p.m., 2nd floor, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center
October 12 - Manualidades (Arts and Crafts), 2 to 4 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Library, 954-357-7500