‘Her­itage Cel­e­bra­tion’ honors Broward’s ed­u­ca­tion his­tory

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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

Pho­tos by Gina Fon­tana

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

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