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The historic 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 Historic Stranahan House Museum Educational Programs: