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Broward County Historical Commission Presents Award to Author of Book on the History of Nova Southeastern University

Lydia Acosta, Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian at the Broward County Heritage Celebration.

Lydia Acosta, Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian at the Broward County Heritage Celebration.

The Broward County Historical Commission hosted the Broward County Heritage Celebration on Thursday, May 22 at the historic West Side Grade School in Fort Lauderdale.

The theme for this year’s event was, “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage” in honor of National Historic Preservation Month.

Several historical preservation awards were given out including the Stuart B. McIver Historian’s Award presented by historical commissioner Daniel J. Stallone, J.D., to Julian M. Pleasants, Ph.D., author of The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014.  Lydia Acosta, NSU’s vice president for Information services and University Librarian accepted the award on behalf of Pleasants.

“Julian has an impressive background as an educator, historian and scholar, as well as his well-known expertise in oral history,” said Acosta. “He brilliantly captured the history of NSU describing how it transformed from its humble beginnings in 1964 to the university it has become today producing over 150,000 alumni in more than 150 academic programs and having a $2.6 billion dollar impact on the state of Florida.”

The event also featured a special recognition of the historical societies in Broward County.

Since 1973, the Broward County Historical Commission has recognized individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to historic preservation, research, advocacy and education.