About the Collection

Bountiful Broward: Eating in South Florida, 1880s – 1980s is open to the public from December 7, 2011 to March 31, 2012 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, Broward County Main Library, 6th floor. It was prepared in collaboration with the Broward County Historical Commission.

The exhibition traces Broward County’s history through cookbooks, menus, photographs, postcards, kitchen collectibles, books, and rare artifacts. South Florida’s cuisine has been shaped by many cultures, strengthened by the bounty of the land and waters, and transformed by developments in agricultural practices and food processing. Bountiful Broward shows food items and cooking trends that define the County’s eating and dining traditions. View virtual tour.

Very special thanks are extended to the following institutions for loaning rare books and artifacts that are the very core of the exhibition: the Broward County Historical Commission; the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; the Deerfield Beach Historical Society; the Floyd L. Wray Memorial Foundation aka Flamingo Gardens; the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society; the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club; the Hollywood Historical Society; the Pompano Beach Historical Society; and the Seminole/Miccosukee Archive.

The Bienes Museum is also deeply indebted to local individuals who loaned items from their personal collections; most have never before been seen by the general public. The following collectors deserve special acknowledgment and thanks: Denyse Cunningham; Helen Herriott Landers; Catherine Daum Lucas; John McShane; Dwight L. Rogers Family; Betty Taylor; and Patsy West.

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