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Education Background Seminoles large                                                                                                                           (Credit: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society)

STRANAHAN HOUSE , built in 1901, was home to Frank and Ivy Stranahan.

Ivy Cromartie moved from Lemon City (now North Miami) to the New River Settlement (now Fort Lauderdale) in 1899 at the age of 18 to work as the area's first school teacher. Ivy only taught for one year. After her marriage to Frank, she chose to stop teaching professionally but because education was so important to her, she continued to fulfill her passion by working with the Seminole children on the wide porches of her riverfront home. Using picture books, she taught the young Seminoles basic words in English with hopes that they would one day be able to communicate with English speakers in the growing New River settlement.

Throughout her life she stay committed to promoting educational opportunities and improvements for children of all races. 

View some of the STRANAHAN HOUSE Educational Programs:

SCHOOL TOURS   |   GROUP TOURS   |   DISTANCE LEARNING   

 

 Copy of Evelyn at the bell with kids

Check with your school principal or bookkeeper for available field trip money in your  Supplemental Arts and Sciences Program Funds.

 

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Contact Melanie Claros Rodriguez at 954-524-4736 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations

 

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN TOUR  ($7 per student includes an activity book) 

Elementary school students will take a journey into the past with Frank and Ivy Stranahan and learn about their involvement with the Seminole Indians. Students will tour the museum, make butter, ring a historic bell, wash clothes the pioneer way, and participate in a history scavenger hunt while hearing excerpts from Mitchell's Magical Day with Frank and Ivy Stranahan by Bill Sydnor. 

Click here for the elementary school standards that our location fulfills!

 

Middle and High school students will take a journey into the past to early Fort Lauderdale. They will learn about why Frank and Ivy Stranahan individually chose to come to the pioneer settlement, their involvement with the Seminole Indians, and the importance of the New River. 

To schedule a field trip at the Stranahan House, fill out this field trip request form and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for the middle school standards that our location fulfills!

Click here for the high school standards that our location fulfills!

 

THE LAST EGRET TOUR  ($12 per student includes visit to two locations and an activity book)

The Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museums & Gardens partner to present a unique and exciting program based on Harvey Oyer's book, The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last Egret. This program explores pioneer life as experienced by Charlie Pierce, a young boy growing up in the untamed wilderness of Florida. Students will step back in time as they learn colorful tales of Seminoles and early citizens. As 'pioneers', students will barter for supplies at Frank Stranahan's Trading Post and participate in hands-on activities including water testing and butter making. 

To register for this field trip, click here!

 

OLD SOUTH FLORIDA PORTRAIT TOUR  ($12 per student includes visit to two locations and an activity book)

Explore two historic homes of pioneer families from the early 20th century. Examine local history while witnessing the environmental impact on the historical sites of the Stranahan House on the New River and the Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach. Students will compare and contrast the two families, their homes, and their lifestyles with a focus on historic preservation.

To register for this field trip, click here!

 

OUTREACH PROGRAM  ($7 per student at your location*)

No travel necessary! The Historic Stranahan House Museum comes to your classroom with items from the past. Students will experience how early pioneers dressed, tools they used, and participate in making butter. Perfect for kindergarten through second grades.

To schedule an outreach field trip from the Stranahan House, fill out this field trip request form and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      *Location must be within Broward County.

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Group Tours

  • Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private group tour. You will receive a special group discount rate as well as your own private docent!

  •  For more information or for reservations, please call Melanie Claros Rodriguez at 954-524-4736 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group Tour Reservation Form

 

  • Fill out this Request for Group Tour Form and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Policies and Fees

 

  • This program is $10.00 per person and a minimum of 10 people are required for a group tour.

  • Groups are asked to send 50% of the payment at the time of the reservation.

  • Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card (No AMEX please).

  • Special accomodations can be made for groups larger than 25. Contact Melanie Claros Rodriguez for more information.

  • Accomodations can be made for those who are unable to use the stairs and for those hard of hearing. Please let us know at the time of reservations if anyone in your group requires any accomodations.

  • The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  

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