Broward Heritage Celebration 2014
Broward County Libraries Division and the Broward County Historical Commission Present the Broward County Heritage Celebration
The Broward County Historical Commission hosted the Broward County Heritage Celebration on Thursday, May 22, 2014 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 was, "New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage" in honor of National Historic Preservation Month.
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:
Juan Hernandez, Architect and Historic Preservationist
Jorge L. Hernandez, noted architect and historic preservationist, was the keynote speaker. His informative and timely message focused on the importance of the younger communities in Broward County to plan for the preservation of their historic and cultural resources.
“The Silver Nightingale”
Musical selections were provided by flautist Laura Sue, "The Silver Nightingale" the reception that was held in the gallery of the Artspace Artist’s Lofts.
A patriotic vocal selection was performed by jazz songstress Monique Davis.
Judge L. Clayton Nance Award Recipients
The Judge L. Clayton Nance Award was 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.
Stuart B. McIver Historian’s Award
The Stuart B. McIver Historian’s Award was 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 traditionally presented to those who have been involved in writing or who support efforts regarding local history. Accepting for Dr. Pleasants was Lydia Acosta, Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian, Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award Recipients
The Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award was 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
The Historical Commissioners’ Award was presented to Edward M. Pickett, a longtime resident and community activist. He was 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.
Additional photos of the 2014 Broward County Heritage Celebration: