‘Heritage Celebration’ honors Broward’s education history
The Broward County Historical Commission hosted the “Broward County Heritage Celebration” on May 10, at thewest Side Elementary School located in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s theme, “Broward’s Education History: A Path to the Future,” was selected in honor of Historic Preservation Month, which is celebrated in May.
The event featured keynote speaker Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robertw. Runcie, and musical selections by the Blanche Ely High School Jazz Cats, led by band director Richard Beckford. Historical Commission Chair, Bettyw. Cobb, opened the program and Chair of the School Board of Broward County, Ann Murray, also spoke. Historical Commission Board Memberwendy Wangberg presented a program on the evening’s educational theme. By proclamation from the office of Broward County Mayor, John E. Rodstrom, Jr., May 2012 was designated “National Preservation Month” in Broward County.
The program included a presentation of preservation awards, which included: the Judge L. Claytonnance Award; the Dr. Cooper Kirk Award; the Stuart B. Mciver Historian’s Award; and the Historical Commissioners’ Award. High school students who earned first place in the 2012 Broward County History Fair were recognized, as well as Ema Vilchez of Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, the student winner of the Regional History Bee.
The Historical Commission gallery hosted the exhibit “Broward County Schools: A Look Back,” which will be on display at the Historical Commission throughout the summer. Since 1973, the Broward County Historical Commission has recognized those who have made contributions to historic preservation, research, advocacy and education.
The recipients of this year’s awards included:
The Judge L. Clayton Nance Award was presented to the Florida Public Archaeology Network for its continued efforts to educate the public about archaeology and history.
The Dr. Cooper Kirk Award was presented to the Friends of Shippey House, who worked raising funds to save the home from destruction.
The Stuart B. Mciver Historian’s Award was presented to Benjamin B. Little for his book,
written with thewilton Manors Historical Society.
The Historical Commissioners’ Award was presented to Benjamin J. Williams for his commitment and service to the education of Broward County’s children.
The Broward County Historical Commission, the historic preservation agency for Broward County, encourages residents and their communities to promote the unique archaeological and historical legacy of Broward County and to utilize the tools and financial incentives available to accomplish this effort.
For more information, visit www.broward.org.
Sayge Brown,11, left; Makaida Todd, 14; Amber Bender, 15; and Ben Stevens, 16 Benjamin Little, left, Rose Gualtieri, Crystal Geiger, Alisa Plummer, Arlene Fradkin and Benjamin Williams
At right: Emmanuel Rodriguez, left, Angelique Beckford, and Christina Dixon
Sheldon Mccartney, left, Dawn Lavoir, Wendy Wangberg and Betty Cobb
Elsie Johns, left, Bob Cannon and Marla Dumas
Bill Julian, left, and Maureen Dinnen
The event took place on May10 atwest Side Grade School.
Ann Murray, left, and Betty Cobb