History Fort Lauderdale will feature writer John Bailey on the next segment of its “Meet the Author” interactive Zoom series on April 8 at 12 p.m. The free series takes place on the second Thursday of each month. Viewers may register here.
Bailey is author of A New River Runs Through It, an exciting, comprehensive story of a river and the city that grew up along its banks. Beginning with the legend of how the river acquired its name, this narrative brings the story of the rugged men and women who settled along it and built the city of Fort Lauderdale into a world class international business and financial center to life. The book ends with the current events: the recent expansion of rail commuter service, the city’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a look toward the city’s future. The book is available on Amazon and in signed editions at History Fort Lauderdale’s Museum Shop.
In 1946, at the age of nine, John Bailey arrived at the New River with his parents. He attended several of the area’s different schools: West Side, Davie, Naval Air, Central, and Fort Lauderdale High School. Through his local teachers, Bailey developed an interest in his home town. Many of his personal experiences of growing-up and living along the River are sprinkled throughout this book. His previous best selling history books include Sentinel of the Jersey Cape, The Story of the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape Island, The Jewel of the Jersey Shore and Juet’s Journal, Henry Hudson’s Explorations on the Half Moon.