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Florida State flagCelebrating Florida Heritage Month at Your Library

Celebrate the rich cultural history of the Sunshine State during Florida Heritage Month, celebrated annually March 15 through April 15 at Broward County Libraries. Children can explore local history through fun, informative story times and a free craft; adults can enjoy a free concert, presentations on the evolution of the Florida East Coast Railway and historic exhibits.
Florida Heritage Month Events

  • March 5 - Sharkey’s Storytime: Florida Fun! Ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center
  • March 10 - EXTRA FARE! Those Fabulous Florida Streamliners and Limited's of the 1950's, Speaker/presentation, 2 to 3 p.m., Main Library
  • March 19 - Celebrate Florida: Alligators, Raccoons & Bears, Oh, My! Fun Stories & Crafts for Ages 6 to 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
  • March 15 - Rod MacDonald - "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" - great musicians from the sunshine states including the Eagles and Jimmy Buffet. Archival video and live music, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
  • March 19 - Dreamers and Schemers Presentation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
  • March 24 - All Aboard Florida! Presentation on the future of rail travel in Florida, 2 to 3 p.m., Main Library
  • April 4 - Suzanne Tripp presents The Last Train from Key West, book talk, 1 to 2 p.m., Main Library

Book Displays/Exhibits: Deerfield Beach Percy White Library; North Regional/Broward College Library; Northwest Regional Library. On display until March 31, 2014: The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast, Bienes Museum, Main Library
Celebrating Florida Heritage with the Broward County Historical Commission’s Brown Bag Luncheon Program

The Fort Lauderdale Wade-Ins
The Fort Lauderdale Wade-Ins
The Broward County Historical Commission will host its next Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program at noon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33312. The program’s topic will be "The Long Hard Fight for Equal Rights: The Fort Lauderdale Wade-Ins of 1961."
In the 1900s, Fort Lauderdale had segregated, whites-only, beaches. In 1954, Broward County created a “Colored Beach,” a mile-long stretch of property in what is known today as John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area. There was no road to this beach, although one had been promised. In protest, some members of the black community staged a series of “wade-ins”. These brave actions eventually led to the desegregation of the beaches.
Guest speaker William G. Crawford, Jr., will present a PowerPoint presentation about the “wade-ins” of the summer of 1961. His meticulously researched article on the long, and at times, contentious integration of the sandy beaches of Broward County was singled out to be included in the Kennedy Center Library's Bibliography on Civil Rights for Elementary and Middle School Students. Crawford's article "The Long Hard Fight for Equal Rights: A History of Broward County's Colored Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Wade Ins of the Summer of 1961" was published by the academic journal Tequesta.
Crawford is the author of numerous articles on Florida History and Florida's Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and he is an acknowledged expert on the waterway. His book, Florida's Big Dig: The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville to Miami, 1818 to 1935, won the Rembert Patrick Award for the “Best Book on Florida History” by the Florida Historical Society in 2008. He has appeared as historian on the History Channel Modern Marvels documentary on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and is the past chair and a 28-year member of the Broward County Historical Commission.
Attendees should bring their own lunch. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is available on the east and west side of the Historical Commission building in unnumbered parking spaces and those marked yellow. Guests are advised to avoid parking in the white and black numbered spaces to the south and west of the building. On-street parking is also available on adjacent streets. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission offices at 954-357-5553.
Free Exhibits from the Broward County Historical Commission
Currently on display at the Historical Commission: Broward County's Playground: Tourist Attractions of the Past and Sailboat Bend, Fort Lauderdale's First Suburban Neighborhood
Traveling Exhibits: The National Register of Historic Places in Broward County, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. Broward County Schools: A Look Back, Southwest Regional Library
Take Your Own Broward County Heritage Tour!
On the National Register of Historic Places: Old Dillard School and Museum in Fort Lauderdale.
On the National Register of Historic Places: Old Dillard School and Museum in Fort Lauderdale.
See Florida history for yourself by discovering and exploring locations in Broward County that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was created by Congress with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as a way to recognize important historic sites in the United States. The first National Register listing from Broward County, The New River Inn, occurred in 1972 while the most recent addition, as of May 2011, is the Dr. Kennedy Homes Historic District. In total, there are 31 listings in Broward County, including two historic districts. Visit the National Register of Historic Places in Broward County online for a full listing and map. 
Another option is the Historical Commission’s "Must-See Historical Sites," which are a unique combination of sites that are located in a variety of Broward County municipalities and offer an intriguing look into early pioneer life, agriculture, marine archeology, tourism and culture.

A Literary Taste of Florida: Fictional, Factual or Just Plain Fun – Available at Broward County Library

Dance of the Reptiles: Selected Columns by Carl Hiaasen (eBook)
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Fringe Florida: Travels among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles by Lynn Waddell
No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken by Norman Van Aken
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face by Edna Buchanan
The New History of Florida (2012) edited by Michael Gannon
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings