The City of Fort Lauderdale will turn 100 in 2011! To mark this momentous occasion, the City Commission established a Centennial Celebration Committee. This volunteer committee is in the process of planning events and projects to celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s past, present and future in 2011.
The City of Fort Lauderdale has retained Susan Gillis as the historical research consultant for the celebration.
Gillis has more than 30 years experience as an expert on local lore, working as a curator, archivist and consultant at various local cultural facilities, including the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Stranahan House and Bonnet House. She has authored four books and co-authored another on Fort Lauderdale’s history.
“I am delighted to be working with the Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration Committee,” said Gillis. “I believe that sharing history is key to building a community and I look forward to helping bring our City’s past to life and celebrating all that we have accomplished.”
Gillis will work with the City’s Centennial Celebration Committee to preserve, recreate and promote Fort Lauderdale’s history through research, as well as spearheading several educational initiatives throughout 2011.
Among the many events planned to pay tribute to the past century will be a series of traveling “centennial exhibits,” walking tours, state heritage markers and speaker presentations.
Preparations to celebrate the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 100th birthday next year are underway and residents are encouraged to take part. In planning for this historic milestone, the Centennial Celebration Committee invites residents and organizations to submit photographs from the past century to commemorate the City’s history, colorful past and recount its evolution.
Black and white or color photography of families, landmarks, scenic beach or cityscapes are of particular interest, but all photos reviving the past 100 years are welcome. The Centennial Celebration will showcase select photographs, providing snapshots throughout the years of Fort Lauderdale’s rich cultural heritage through a series of exciting events, visual presentations and educational programs that pay tribute to Fort Lauderdale’s past, present and future.
Photographs are to be scanned at the highest resolution available to the sender at a maximum 10MB file size and submitted digitally via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please caption any persons pictured with first and last name, note location and approximate year the photo was taken.
To inquire about a mailing address if you would like to send photos, or to learn more about the Centennial Celebration, visit the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov
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