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Broward County's Pioneers for 2018 were honored at the 44th Annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, May 12th at Davie Town Hall located at 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, FL.


Celebrate Broward's 2019 Pioneers at the 45th Annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, May 11th at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. This free event includes music, entertainment and refreshments beginning at noon followed by the recognition ceremony at 1PM. 

Presented by the Broward County Historic Preservation Board and Broward Cultural Division in partnership with the City of Pompano Beach, the event recognizes Broward residents who have been selected by local historical societies and municipalities for their role in creating the diverse and vibrant community that has helped define the Broward County of today. These Pioneers join a distinguished group who have been honored since the beginning of the program in 1972. 

Pioneer Day 2019

Saturday, May 11, 12-2PM

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Free to attend; RSVP here


Municipalities or organizations nominated the following 2019 pioneers to be honored:

  • Tamarac Historical Society – Herbert Daley
  • Pompano Beach Historical Society – Jerry Bowman
  • City of Pembroke Pines – Carl Shechter
  • Genealogical Society of Broward County – Nancy Adams
  • Plantation Historical Society – Philip G. Ammann
  • Old Davie School Historical Museum – Sandy Sturgeon McCartney
  • Oakland Park Historical Society – Susan Gillis
  • City of Lauderdale Lakes Historic Preservation Board – Eulalee Bax
  • Wilton Manors Historical Society – Scott Newton
  • City of Coral Springs – Ernest Kubasek
  • Trailblazers of Broward County, Inc. – Lewis Tunnage
  • City of Cooper City – Suellen Fardelmann
  • Town of Southwest Ranches – Susan Winn
  • City of Fort Lauderdale – Tam English
  • Parkland Historical Society – Michael Shiff
  • Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. – Patsy West
  • Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association – Brendan D. Doyle


Additionally, four awards will be presented:

  • Judge Clayton Nance Award – Tamarac Historical Society
  • Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award – Holocaust Documentation & Education Center
  • Historic Preservation Board Special Award – Sample McDougald House Preservation Society
  • Stuart P. McIver Historian's Award – City of Coral Springs
Broward's 2018 Pioneers - each nominated by local historical societies and municipalities - join the distinguished list of 1,500 other community leaders who have been honored since 1972.
The event was presented by the Broward County Historic Preservation Board, in partnership with the Town of Davie and Broward's Cultural Division. All photos by Downtown Photo.

2018 Pioneers:

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1.  Mary Boast - City of Coral Springs

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2.  Beverly "Jill" Jean Smith Pittillo - Old Davie School

3.  Irwin Harlem - City of Sunrise (unable to attend)

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4.  Pastor Timothy J. Hartner - City of Weston

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5.  Jean Cheany Collins - Broward Trust

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6.   Rosario "Roy" Vizzini - City of Cooper City

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7.   Jeanette Marie Washington - City of Dania Beach

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8.   Frank Coleman - City of Lauderdale Lakes

9.   Diane Wendt - City of Oakland Park

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10. Susie Jones Wells - City of West Park

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11. Alyce Schweyer Culpepper - Plantation Historical Society

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12. Adelaide Judy Austin - The Genealogical Society of Broward County

13. Newell Hollingsworth - Town of Southwest Ranches

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14. William Gundlach - City of Fort Lauderdale

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15. Janet Hoade - Hollywood Historical Society

16. Israel Sweig - City of Margate

17. Arlene Lancaster - Wilton Manors Historical Society
18. Mayor Lamar Fisher - Pompano Beach Historical Society

2018 Broward County Historic Preservation Board Topical Awards:

Judge Clayton Nance Award - Old Davie School

Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award
- Seth Bramson
Historic Preservation Board Special Award - Dirk DeJong
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Stuart P. McIver Historian's Award - Cynthia Strachan Saunders