J. Michael Francis

Francis reveals Florida’s unknown past in September 18 talk

  Speaking to an overflow crowd at the Orlando Public Library, historian J. Michael Francis explored the many myths that dominate popular perceptions about the Spanish colonization of Florida. His talk on Sunday, September 18, also highlighted the fascinating work Francis and his students pursue as they uncover the truth

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Orange County Library Cardholders Now Receive $2 Off Admission to the History Center

Beginning June 1, Orange County Library System cardholders will receive $2 off admission to the Orange County Regional History Center when they present a library card in good standing.

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A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage through Art

Attention, artists! For Orange County’s annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in the fall, you’re invited to submit original art with a Hispanic heritage theme or by a Hispanic artist.

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Searching for the Seventies in Central Florida

The 1970s gave rise to the birth of modern Orlando as a sleepy citrus town transformed into an international tourist destination in the span of just a few years.

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Women Making History

March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the many achievements of women over the decades such as Juliette Gordon Low – an amazing woman who made history by starting what’s now a nationally celebrated organization empowering girls through education and participation.

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Historical Society honors Orlando trailblazer Isabel Roberts with gravestone

Isabel Roberts (1871-1955) once worked at the right hand of Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed a house that bears her name in Illinois.

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History Harvest Welcomes Central Floridians

The Orange County Regional History Center invites Central Floridians to share their own histories with the museum and with future generations on March 12-13 from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The History Center offers two ways to share your treasures. “First, consider donating original photos and other materials to

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Exhibit Debut Features Live Sculpting – in Chocolate

The History Center’s opening of its newest exhibition will feature two live-sculpting demonstrations by Paul Joachim, the world’s only chocolate speed sculptor.

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The Ralph Bagley Collection: Illuminating an Art Legend

Memoirs and photos from the estate of longtime Central Florida painter and teacher Ralph L. Bagley reveal a lifetime in the arts and a devoted dad.

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The Future of Field Trips: Making History Accessible

As school field trips to museums decrease across the nation, educators at the History Center are thinking outside the box to bring history to students.

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