“Broward Goes To War” Exhibit in the museum's gallery depicts the economic, social and demographic changes during the war years of 1941-1945, and shortly thereafter. The war put Broward County on the map. It forever changed it. This Exhibit features display panels with graphics, diagrams, photographs and period uniforms, artifacts and memorabilia. Accompanying text provides details and background information. Panels describe the military training that occurred in the area. Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, located where Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is now, was a training base for bomber pilots, and other naval schools also operated in Fort Lauderdale. Local beach areas were restricted to military personnel, and blackouts at night were often called so that the German submarines that commonly patrolled offshore in the early years of the war would have difficulty seeing land.
Thank you to member BRAD WOOD from Merle Wood Yachts, for donating the 13 panels that comprise our "Broward Goes To War" Exhibit. The exhibit was on temporary loan, and we had to give it back to the Broward Historical Commission. Thanks to Brad, we now we have our very own exhibit ! His company created each panel from quality long-lasting, archival material.