The Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Southeast Region hosted an exhibit to commemorate Fort Lauderdale’s 100th anniversary. “Then & Now: Life along the New River” is a celebration of Fort Lauderdale’s rich past, told through the stories of those who lived along the banks of New River. Although the entire story of the New River is too complex to tell here, this exhibit highlights a sample of narratives that drift from the river’s memory. The story of the New River is ultimately about the people who have lived along its banks. Prehistoric artifacts, historic objects and photographs reveal how the river has shaped the cultures and communities of Fort Lauderdale’s rich past, and how it continues to influence the city’s dynamic present.
The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology.