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"The Rainy Season" Everglades Exhibit May 7 at Main Library Bienes Museum
- Includes documentary photographs featured on "PBS American Experience" -

DATE: May 7, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, on the 6th floor of Broward County Main Library, located at 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, presents “The Rainy Season: The Everglades and Broward County,” which will be on exhibit from May 7th through August 20th, with a free opening reception scheduled on May 12th.  


"The Rainy Season: The Everglades and Broward County” previews rare, original photographs from the Broward County Historical Archives that will be featured in an upcoming PBS American Experience documentary about the Everglades, and includes the Historical Archive’s priceless collection of dredging photographs. Over a century old, the photographs document the heroic efforts to dredge the 266 miles of canals that earned Broward County the nickname, “Venice of the Americas.”

The exhibit documents the intertwined histories of South Floridians and their ecosystems over the last 150 years. Visitors will learn about the surprising alliances it took to conserve, preserve and protect South Florida’s rich natural resources; become informed about current events impacting the Everglades in our area; and get inspired for future explorations into the unique Everglades ecosystems.

Main Library will host an opening reception on May 12th from 1 to 3PM with light refreshments and “Stories from the Everglades,” presented by Curator Erin Purdy. Educational crafts will follow the presentation.

In conjunction with the Bienes Museum exhibit, a special gallery on the 5th floor of Main Library features “Maps of the Everglades.” The maps span two centuries and vividly highlight the large-scale changes that humans have made to the topography of Florida.

“I’m thrilled to be able to share these historical treasures with the public. The ecological history of Broward County is fascinating, especially when you consider how quickly swampy South Florida was transformed by dredging into the manicured metropolitan area it is today,” says Purdy. “History proves that, although it may not seem like it, anyone who lives in Broward County can have an immediate impact on the Everglades and its future.”

About Broward County Library's Special Collections
Broward County Library Special Collections include the Broward County Historical Archives and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. Special Collections make rare books, artifacts, and historical archives available and accessible to the public. For more information about upcoming exhibits and programs, or for a research consultation, please call 954-357-7363.             

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