The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Welcomes New Executive Director, Patricia Coyle Zeiler

Jun 23, 2014, 19:00 ET from The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is pleased to welcome Patricia Coyle Zeiler as their new Executive Director.

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"With more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience, Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge to the Society – we are so excited to have her join our team," said Barbara H. Jones, President of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Zeiler served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, the nonprofit organization that administers the Sun Trolley.

During her five year tenure with Sun Trolley, Patricia is credited with; bringing in more than $1.8 million in corporate sponsorships, grants and advertising, increasing ridership from 18,000 passengers per month to an average of 40,000 passengers per month, and spearheading the launch of Sun Trolley's Tracker App which has earned national media attention and surpassed 10,000 downloads in its first year.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees we are most impressed with Patricia's ability to work with public, private and nonprofit community partners," said Jones. "We know Patricia will be a tremendous asset to the Historical Society as we work to continuously bring the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations."

Patricia Coyle Zeiler started her work with the Society on June 2, 2014 following the retirement of Bonnie Flynn. Flynn served as Executive Director of the Historical Society for two years.

To connect with Patricia Coyle Zeiler send an email to or call (954)463-4431.

About the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society
The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) brings the history of greater Fort Lauderdale to life through education, research and preservation for the enrichment of present and future generations. Believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, the FLHS collects, preserves and shares material from our community's past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community and themselves.

With education as the primary focus FLHS offers public lectures and workshops; publish teacher resource materials; arrange school and general group tours and activities; support scholarly research through significant research assistance; maintain a 1907 house museum and three other 1905 historic structures, and a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions, and operate a research center that has functioned uninterrupted for more than 50 years. To learn more visit

CONTACT: Laurie Menekou, (954) 271-4666 (or)

SOURCE The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society