Broward County Libraries Division and the Broward County Historical Commission Present the Broward County Heritage Celebration
- This year's theme is  "New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage" -

Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side School in Fort Lauderdale.

Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side School in Fort Lauderdale.

DATE: April 30, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Maria Munoz, Historical Commission
PHONE: 954-357-5553

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Broward County Historical Commission will host the Broward County Heritage Celebration on Thursday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, where the Historical Commission is located. The theme for this year's event is, "New Age of Preservation:  Embark, Inspire, Engage" in honor of National Historic Preservation Month.

Jorge L. Hernandez, noted architect and historic preservationist, will be the keynote speaker. His message will focus on the importance of the younger communities in Broward County to plan for the preservation of their historic and cultural resources. There will also be special recognition of the historical societies in Broward County. The Historical Commission gallery will have on display an exhibit entitled Cartography of South Florida, featuring historic maps and artifacts from Broward County and South Florida’s past.

Since 1973, the Broward County Historical Commission has recognized individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to historic preservation, research, advocacy and education. The Historical Commission will present the following four awards:

The Judge L. Clayton Nance Award will be presented to a group of students from Boyd H. Anderson High School, who were so inspired by the willingness of the Florida Department of Transportation and Durrs Community Association to save the Woodlawn Cemetery from further encroachment, that they created and implemented the History Across Broward Initiative.  These students, Anice Altema, Chelsea Blackmon, Sharilee Francis, Alicia Gordon, Gabrielle Hernández, Robert McBean, Kristin Nguyen, Michael Ojeda, Evan Randall and Jose Torruellas focused this program on the documenting of those individuals buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the early 1900s, this was the only cemetery within the city where African-Americans could be buried. This dedication and commitment to the preservation of this cultural heritage follows the tradition set by Judge Nance when he founded the Historical Commission in 1972.

The Stuart B. McIver Historian’s Award will be presented to Dr. Julian M. Pleasants for his book The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. This outstanding book provides a look at the historic journey of Nova Southeastern University.  This award is presented to those who have been involved in writing or who support efforts regarding local history.

The Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award will be presented to the GFWC Hollywood Women’s Club for its efforts in the restoration and preservation of its historic building. Since the completion of the original building in 1927, the GFWC Hollywood Women’s Club has continuously occupied this club house.  The Club’s efforts mirror those of Dr. Cooper C. Kirk, whose dedication to historical research and the sharing of his knowledge of Broward County history was unparalleled.

The Historical Commissioners’ Award will be presented to Edward M. Pickett, a longtime resident and community activist. He is being recognized for his efforts in halting the demolition of the historic Curci House, located in Hallandale Beach.  His actions led directly to the saving of this valuable historic resource, which is open to the public to enjoy.

Refreshments will be served, and musical selections will be provided by flautist Laura Sue, "The Silver Nightingale." A patriotic vocal selection will be performed by Monique Davis.

The Broward County Heritage Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 954-357-5553.

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Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps, movies and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.

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