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Pioneer Day Event

What is "Pioneer Day"?

"Pioneer Day" is an honorific event sponsored by the Broward County Historic Preservation Board in recognition of residents of Broward, who, through their professional or business, civic, educational, historic, artistic or inspirational contributions, have made an impact to the local communities.

Held by the Historic Preservation Board and the Cultural Division in conjunction with a hosting municipality or municipal historical society, the event rotates year-to-year among Broward's 31 municipalities.

When is "Pioneer Day"?

In 1973, the first Pioneer Day was celebrated, in conjunction with "Heritage Celebration", both Historical Commission events.  This was observed during the month of May, nationally and state recognized as "Preservation Month".  Starting in 1974 to 2010, these were celebrated around October timeframe.  While both Pioneer Day and Heritage Celebration were celebrated over a two-day period that included booths, costumes, music and fanfare, in 2005 this became a one-day event.

From 2011 to 2014, the two events were separated with Pioneer Day the main focus, now sponsored by the Historical Commission and the Libraries Division.  Heritage Celebration was still observed in May through differing sponsors, Pioneer Day was observed either in October or December, depending on host availability.

Quiet for 2015 and 2016, Pioneer Day annual event was re-established in 2017 under the new Historic Preservation Board, back to its initial May timeframe, National Preservation Month.  This event is co-sponsored each year with the Broward County Cultural Division and hosted by a select municipality.

What are the "Pioneer Day" honors?

One person from each municipality is nominated and honored each year at the ceremony for their impact to their community.  In turn, the Historic Preservation Board awards four additional categories to a person or group specific to the scope of that award.
  • Judge Clayton Nance Memorial Award - This is presented to a person or group devoted to the study of local history, support of historical research, preservation, or for helping promote local history and resources.
  • Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award - This is presented to those involved in writing or supporting efforts regarding local history.
  • Historic Preservation Board Special Award - This is presented to a person or group who has contributed to the mission of Broward's Historic Preservation Board to help preserve the local sites of historic, architectural, cultural and archaeological significance.
  • Stuart P. McIver Historian's Award - This is presented to a person or group who has contributed to the mission of the Historic Preservation Board through support of historical areas or properties.

History of Pioneer Day events

Date
​Annual
Host/Location
May 11, 2019 | Program
45th​
​City of Pompano Beach / Pompano Beach Cultural Center
​May 12, 2018 | Program
​44th
Town of Davie / ​Davie Town Hall
​May 20, 2017
​43rd
City of Parkland / Parkland City Hall​
​December 6, 2014
​42nd
​City of Hallandale Beach / Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center
​October 19, 2013
​41st
​City of Coral Springs / Coral Springs Center for the Arts and the Museum of Art
​October 20, 2012
40th​City of Oakland Park ​/ Oakland Park Elementary School
​December 3, 2011
​39th
​City of Fort Lauderdale / Fort Lauderdale History Center
​October 23, 2010
​38th
​City of Pembroke Pines
October 17, 2009​
​37th
​City of Hallandale Beach / Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center
​October 11, 2008
​36th
​City of Pompano Beach / E. Pat Larkins Community Center
​November 3, 2007
​35th

October 14, 2006
​34th

October 1, 2005
​33rd

​October 16 & 17, 2004
​32nd

​November 1 & 2, 2003
​31st

​November 2 & 3, 2002
​30th

​October 6 & 7, 2001
​29th

​October 14 & 15, 2000
​28th

​November 6 & 7, 1999
​27th
​City of Lauderdale Lakes / Vincent Torres Memorial Park
​October 17 & 18, 1998
​26th
​​City of Hollywood / Anne Kolb Nature Center, West Lake Park
​October 18 & 19, 1997
​25th
City of Hollywood / Anne Kolb Nature Center, West Lake Park
​October 19 & 20, 1996
​24th
​City of Deerfield Beach / Deerfield Beach Old School House
​November 4 & 5, 1995
​23rd
​City of Pembroke Pines / Walter C. Young Resource Center
​November 5 & 6, 1994
​22nd
​City of Dania
​October 23 & 24, 1993
​21st
​City of Hollywood / Anne Kolb Nature Center, West Lake Park
​October 24 & 25, 1992
​20th
​City of Pompano Beach / Pompano Multi Purpose Center
​October 5 & 6, 1991
​19th
Town of Davie / Davie Town Hall​
​September 22 & 23, 1990
​18th
​City of Hollywood / Presidential Circle Building
​September 23 & 24, 1989
​17th
City of Wilton Manors / Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24​
​October 22 & 23, 1988
​16th
City of Coral Springs / Coral Square Mall​
​October 3 & 4, 1987
​15th
Broward County / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​October 11 & 12, 1986
​14th
​City of Fort Lauderdale / Main Library
​October 19 & 20, 1985
​13th
City of Pembroke Pines / McArthur High School​
​October 6 & 7, 1984
​12th
​Town of Davie / Davie Town Hall
​October 1 & 2, 1983
​11th
City of Pompano Beach / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​October 2 & 3, 1982
​10th
​City of Sunrise / Sunrise Music Theatre
​November 7 & 8, 1981
​9th

​September 27 & 28, 1980
​8th
​Broward County / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​September 29 & 30, 1979
​7th
​City of Dania / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​September 30, October 1, 1978
​6th
​City of Oakland Park / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​October 1 & 2, 1977
​5th
​City of Pompano Beach / ​Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​October 9 & 10, 1976
​4th
​Broward County / Port Everglades, Terminal 22-24
​October 18 & 19, 1975
​3rd
City of Hollywood ​/ Hollywood Hills High School
​October 5 & 6, 1974
​2nd
City of Fort Lauderdale / ​War Memorial Auditorium and Holday Park Grounds
​May 5 & 6, 1973
​1st
​City of Wilton Manors / 1776 26th Street