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Broward County Libraries Division and Broward County Historical Commission Honored Pioneers At 2012 Pioneer Day

The Broward County Historical Commission celebrated four decades of honoring Broward County pioneers at its 40th Annual Pioneer Day Event, that was held on October 20, 2012. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners and the Broward County Historical Commission joined the City of Oakland Park and the Oakland Park Historical Society in co-sponsoring this event. The co-hosts proudly arranged to hold the celebration at the Oakland Park Elementary School, 936 NE 33rd Street, Oakland Park, Florida. The Pioneer Recognition Ceremony was held in the beautifully renovated auditorium. The Oakland Park Elementary School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest operating school in Broward County. The public was welcome at this free event.

The Broward County Historical Commission was pleased to announce that 29 men and women have been selected as Broward County Pioneers. They will join a distinguished group of over 2,000 other Pioneers the Commission has honored since the beginning of the program. The following is the list of those individuals who were recognized and the historical groups or municipalities who have selected them for this honor.

Pioneer/Nominated By                                                   
Dr. Claire M. Crawford, Broward County Historical Commission
William G. Crawford, Jr., Broward County Historical Commission
Ira B. Rubinstein, Oakland Park Historical Society
Andrew E. Buchta, Oakland Park Historical Society
Dennis A. Buchta, Oakland Park Historical Society
Merceda Edwards Dykes, Oakland Park Historical Society
Robert A. McCarty, Jr., Oakland Park Historical Society
Robert W. Holmes, Black Historical Society
James L. Jones, Black Historical Society
Darcia B. Drago, Broward County Retired Educators’ Association
Bob Fleischer, City of Cooper City
Vincent J. Costa, Coral Springs Historical Advisory Committee
Sandra L. Costa, Coral Springs Historical Advisory Committee
Richard A. McCall, Davie Historical Society
Paul H. Wunderlich, Davie Historical Society
Martha L. Butler, Deerfield Beach Historical Society
Margaret Haynie Birch, Elder’s Council African-American Research Cultural Library & Cultural Center
Samuel F. Morrison, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Teresa B. Sjogren, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Jerry A. Dobak, City of Hallandale Beach
Maudie L. James, City of Hallandale Beach
Robert C. Scott, Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association
Charles W. Byron, Parkland Historical Society
Herman Freedman, Pembroke Pines Museum
Dr. Helen R. Ackerman, Plantation Historical Society
Emma R. Sheaffer, Southwest Ranches Historical Society
Simon Lewenberg, City of Sunrise
Dorothy K. Willis, Tamarac Historical Society
Virginia Pearce, Wilton Manors Historical Society


Broward County Libraries Division and Broward County Historical Commission Honored Pioneers At 2011 Pioneer Day

Since 1973, the Broward County Historical Commission has sponsored an annual event honoring Broward County pioneers. This 39th Annual Pioneer Day Event was held on December 3, 2011. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners and the Broward County Historical Commission joined the City of Fort Lauderdale in co-sponsoring this event. The co-hosts graciously consented to hold the ceremony on the grounds of the Fort Lauderdale History Center, 231 S.W. 2nd Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale overlooking the beautiful New River. As Fort Lauderdale celebrates its Centennial, this year, in particular, presented a wonderful opportunity to highlight our shared history and honor Broward County’s local pioneers. The public was welcome at this free event.

The Broward County Historical Commission is pleased to announce that 32 men and women have been selected as Broward County Pioneers. They joined a distinguished group of almost 2,000 other Pioneers the Commission has honored since the beginning of the program. The following is the list of those individuals who will be recognized and the historical group or municipalities who have selected them for this honor. Program available for download.

Administrative Staff Kao Ng, Library Manager Peggy Davis, County Historian Helen Landers  Broward County Historical Commission Chair Hazel Kelley Armbrister and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Director Will Trower  Broward County Historical Commission Chair Hazel Kelley Armbrister
Broward County Libraries  Associate Director Julie Hunter and Libraries Director Robert Cannon at New River Inn  Broward County Libraries Director Robert Cannon speaks  County Commissioners Ilene Lieberman and Chip LaMarca with Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners
Denyse Cunningham and the Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department  Frank Loconto, Library Manager Peggy Davis, Sharron Navarro, Historical Commissioner Phyllis Loconto  Group of Pioneers
Historical Commissioners James Bradley and Renee M. Shrout  View of Reception and New River Inn  Senator Christopher Smith
Plantation Historical Society members with their Pioneers Mr. and Mrs. Davis  Pioneers and City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioners  Pioneers, far left side
Pioneers, left side  Pioneers, right side  
   


Pioneer Day 2010

In 2010 the Broward County Historical Commission joined the City of Pembroke Pines and the Pembroke Pines Historical Museum in co-sponsoring this event. The ceremony was held on October 23, 2010, at the Walter C. Young Center in Hallandale Pembroke Pines. 

gray arrow  View Photos of 2010 Pioneer Day Ceremony
gray arrow  38th Annual Pioneer Day Souvenir Program October 23, 2010 (PDF)

Pioneer Day 2009

In 2009 the Broward County Historical Commission joined the City of Hallandale Beach and the Hallandale Beach Historical Society in co-sponsoring this event. The ceremony was held on October 17, 2009, at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center in Hallandale Beach. 

gray arrow  View Photos of 2009 Pioneer Day Ceremony (PDF)
gray arrow  View 37th Annual Pioneer Day Souvenir Program (PDF)

The Historical Commission also presented awards for those individuals and organizations that exemplified meticulous historical research or preservation advocacy. The Historical Commission actively promotes these ideals in its efforts to educate the public about Broward County's significant local heritage.

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