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West Side Grade SchoolBroward County Libraries Division
Historical Commission
at the historic West Side Grade School
301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Phone: 954-357-5553
Fax: 954-357-5522

In the News

Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program
The Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, hosts it’s Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program on the third Thursday of each month in the Helen Landers Room.
Attendees bring their own lunch. Light refreshments are offered. Parking is available on the east and west sides of the Historical Commission building in unnumbered parking spaces and those marked in yellow. Guests are advised to avoid parking in the white and black numbered spaces to the south and west of the bulding. On-street parking is also available on adjacent streets. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission at 954-357-5553.
Please watch for postings of upcoming programs. 

Pioneer Day 2014
Save the Date

The Broward County Historical Commission will present its 42nd Pioneer Day event on Saturday, October 18, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m. This annual event will be co-hosted by the City of Hallandale Beach at its Community Cultural Center, 410 SE 3rd Street in Hallandale Beach.
Individuals selected by the various historical societies and municipalities will be recognized and honored for their respective contributions to their communities.
Please make plans to join us for this special event as Broward begins its year-long celebration of Broward’s 100th birthday. You may RSVP by email at or by calling Maria Munoz at the Historical Commission office at 954-357-5553. More information will follow. 


Cartography of South Florida
Broward County Historical Commission Building
301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Traveling Exhibits:

Broward County's Playground: Tourist Attractions of the Past
Main Library
100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Broward County Schools: A Look Back
North Regional Library
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066

The National Register of Historic Places in Broward County
Sample-McDougald House
450 N.E. 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL

WW II, Broward County Goes to War
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
4000 West Perimeter Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL


The mission of the BCHC is “To recognize, protect and support the historical interests of the communities of Broward County and to serve as an advisory board to the County Commission of Broward County, Florida.”

This task is achieved through the following services and programs:

  • Archive and Research Services
  • Historical Education
  • Cultural Resource Protection
  • "Pioneer Day" and "Heritage Celebration" events
  • Broward Legacy Historical Journal
  • Exhibits
  • Must See Historical Sites

Help Save Our History!

Each day we lose more and more of our local history through the passing of early pioneers and the loss of historic and archaeological sites. You are the key to preserving Broward’s past! It’s as easy as:
  • Donating old family photos and documents
  • Volunteering your time
  • Donating to the Broward County Historical Commission Trust Fund

What you do today will help protect and maintain history for the future.
Call today, 954-357-5553.


2014 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day

Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20
Memorial Day

Monday, May 26

Independence Day Friday, July 4
Veterans Day Tuesday, November 11
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 28
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25

The Holiday Schedule is in accordance with holidays as established by the Board of County Commissioners.

Pursuant to Administrative Code, Section 4-6: Whenever a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be designated as a substitute holiday and observed as the official holiday for that year. When the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be designated as the official holiday for that year.

Driving Directions

FROM I-95:
East on Broward Boulevard to River Highlands (S.W. 14) Avenue. Turn right (south) on River Highlands (S.W. 14) Avenue to Middle River Street (S.W. Second Court).
Turn left (east) on Middle River Street (S.W. Second Court) to Harmon (S.W. 13) Avenue.
The two-story building will be on your right.

West on Broward Boulevard to S.W. 11 Avenue.
Turn left on S.W. 11 Avenue to West Las Olas Boulevard.
Turn right on West Las Olas Boulevard to Harmon (S.W. 13) Avenue.
The two-story building is at the very end of West Las Olas Boulevard.

On-street parking in UNNUMBERED spaces or numbered spaces marked in yellow is allowed.

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Must See Historical Sites in Broward County
Index to Broward Legacy
Broward Legacy Historical journal
Pioneer Day
Recent Issues of the Legacy