Hollywood Historical Society Takes to the Waterways Exploring Another Source of Hollywood’s Charm

The Hollywood Historical Society is readying for the January debut of a new exhibit, “Waterways,” exploring our city’s intricate and intimate association with the element that is so much a part of our South Florida lifestyle.

“Of course, our Broadwalk, beach, and ocean are well-known assets of our city,” said Curator and HHS board member Andy Ruffner.  “But we also want people to appreciate the history and beauty of our other waterways, which have all been so important in the creation of the unique neighborhoods and communities throughout the city.”

Waterways, which will run through April, will take place at the Historic Hammerstein House at 1520 Polk Street in Hollywood. The exhibit features maps, photographs, and memorabilia related to the history of Hollywood’s relationship with water—the Atlantic Ocean, the marshes, the lakes, and the canals.

Visitors will learn how managing water and its many uses — transportation, recreation, wildlife, and trade – have shaped the physical and economic development of Hollywood. There are in-depth sections on the Hollywood Lakes neighborhood, the Intracoastal Waterway, the C-10 Canal, and Hollywood’s role in the creation of Port Everglades. A special section on the future considers how Hollywood is addressing concerns about climate change and rising sea levels. 

Later in the season, the Hollywood Historical Society will host a Waterways boat tour as a fundraiser for its educational outreach programs. The event is being developed as a community service project with Leadership Hollywood, a program of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Please visit our website http://www.hollywoodhistoricalsociety.org/, or follow HHS on social media, for more information. 

Waterways and other programs are just a part of the Hollywood Historical Society’s slate of activities and events supporting its mission to keep the City’s history alive for current and future generations.  The Hollywood Historical Society offers free tours of the exhibit and the Historic Hammerstein House on the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 pm, and by appointment. Call for info or to schedule. 954-923-5590

To learn more about the Hollywood Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)* cultural organization founded and operated by volunteers, or to join us, email [email protected], or visit hollywoodhistoricalsociety.org/.   

The Hollywood Historical Society has over 20,000 items in its collection and also offers many unique items, including books about Hollywood, historic postcards, photographs, maps, and posters, for sale at the Research Center behind  Hammerstein House at 1520 Polk Street.  Please call 954-923-5590 for hours.