We would love to help you teach your students about the pioneers who preceded us and their dedication to making Broward County what it is today with our Pioneer School Day Program. We find that the children are fascinated with how life was led by children and adults 100 years ago. Our Pioneer School Day Program presents FCAT topics and Sunshine State Standards.
Students tour three different buildings, and each has a different activity. The Pioneer School Day Program emphasizes the importance of the intersection of the New River and the Florida East Coast Railway to the development of Fort Lauderdale.
In the 1905 New River Inn, teachers are encouraged to guide students through exhibits on the first and second floors, which illustrate Fort Lauderdale history through the years (PHOTOS 1 & 2). The New River Inn is Broward County’s oldest tourist hotel, and it now serves as the Fort Lauderdale History Center’s Museum of History. Please note: second floor is not handicapped accessible.
At the 1907 King-Cromartie House, students enter the world of Fort Lauderdale in 1907. The King family home stands still in time illustrating to children the life of a middle class family at the turn of the 20th century. Students do laundry by hand with washboards and tubs, hang clothes on the clotheslines and learn about living conditions in South Florida 100 years ago (PHOTO 3).
Students are walked to the 1899 Replica School House by a modern Miss Ivy Cromartie, Fort Lauderdale’s first school teacher. They are immersed into the world of 1899, learning about the history of the original school house and how some children had to walk 1-1/2 miles through the wilderness to get to school. Students delight in making butter and lemonade as it may have been made in 1899 (PHOTO 4).
To prepare students for their Pioneer School Day at the Fort Lauderdale History Center, download and print this link.
Education and Docent Guide 2009 (PDF format)
For inquiries please contact
Ellen Ferrelli Director of Educational Services
at 954-463-4431 ext. 12