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History for Lauderdale Celebrates Native American Heritage Month With “CIRCLE OF UNITY” Exhibit Opening November 9

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –  History Fort Lauderdale, proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will celebrate the significant contributions of local Native American artists during Native American Heritage Month in November. On Monday, November 9, "Circle of Unity,” will go on display in the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale. This intergenerational, multi-disciplinary exhibition that presents a contemporary perspective of Seminole artists on the cycles of solidarity and patterns of resilience that have always existed within the histories of the Seminole and Miccosukee People of Florida will be on view through January 12, 2021.

South Florida residents and visitors are invited to view the exhibit’s digital premiere by joining a virtual tour and discussion featuring the artists and a few of the stories behind the works on Friday, November 20, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. RSVP to receive a link on the day of the event at http://bit.ly/HFLCircleofUnity.

“It is an honor and a privilege to host ‘Circle of Unity’ in the very spot that the original people of the land we now know as Fort Lauderdale helped build and cultivate,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. “We are grateful to the Native American artists for sharing their tradition, culture and vision with the community and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for its unwavering support of History Fort Lauderdale during Native American Heritage Month.”

"Circle of Unity" is one of several insightful experiences at History Fort Lauderdale. Permanent exhibits include “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale” which allows visitors to experience the story of the City of Fort Lauderdale as told through the pioneer family that shaped its development from an agricultural outpost in 1896 to a bustling city in the 1920s to its current status as a leading Metropolis, “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo-Soprano,” a fashion and lifestyle glimpse of the socially prominent Fort Lauderdale resident with a lauded career as a star vocalist of musical comedy, plus “Archaeology of the New River” and a multitude of narratives and photos sharing the history of other founding families of Fort Lauderdale. The nonprofit museum also hosts a variety of yearly multicultural exhibits highlighting African American, Caribbean, Latin, and women artists sharing their views of history and an artists’ collective collaborative space.

“Circle of Unity” is sponsored, in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. With additional support from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.

History Fort Lauderdale admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/HistoryFortLauderdaleTickets.

In compliance with local and state health guidelines, visitors to History Fort Lauderdale will be required to wear a mask, have a digital temperature reading and practice safe social distancing of six feet apart. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk admission point and all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times a day, per CDC guidelines. Additionally, guests will be asked to sign-in, daily, for contact tracing.

For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit us online at historyfortlauderdale.org.

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