Two girls; one with a telescope, one wearing a conquistador helmet

Make a difference in the lives of children

Each year the History Center provides top-quality learning experiences to the children of our community. Through programs such as onsite field trips, school teach-ins, and Adventures in History summer camps, young lives are enlightened, and horizons expand.

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Color illustration of Hiram Calder with montage of newspaper article headlines in the background

Who Was Hiram Calder?

A revelation after an Orlandoan’s death in 1914 shocked the city. Now, new research reveals much more about one of Central Florida’s enduring enigmas.

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Historical Society of Central Florida 2019 Donald A. Cheney Award recipient Fairolyn Livingston.

Historical Society to honor Fairolyn Livingston

The Historical Society of Central Florida will present its 2019 Donald A. Cheney Award to Fairolyn H. Livingston, chief historian of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park. The presentation is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at the Orange County Regional History Center.

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Three years after the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, this remembrance exhibition shares artwork from across the nation created in the wake of this senseless act of violence.

History Center offers Free Admission through Oct. 13

Admission to the Orange County Regional History Center will be free to all through Sunday, October 13, to coincide with Orlando’s Come Out with Pride festival.

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This illustrated presentation invites the audience to venture beyond traditional stereotypes to explore the deeper meanings and richness of Latin American cultures.

Expert to Speak on Latin American Culture

Prof. Luis Martínez-Fernández honors Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15. Prof. Luis Martínez-Fernández rinde honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana el 15 de septiembre.

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Old postcard of steamboat on Florida river at night.

Are We There Yet? Central Florida’s Transportation History

This new fall series offers a more in-depth look at the relationship between the growth of the region and the various means by which people arrived here and then moved around within the region.

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It seemed to be an open and shut case; an 18-year old boy on trial for the stabbing and murder of his own father. Twelve Jurors are shoved in a hot, bleak, room in mid-summer New York, and all assume to be in agreement until the votes rolled in: 11 – guilty, 1 – not guilty. Tempers get short as the clock ticks and the temperature rises. Can they all agree on one person’s fate?

Central Florida Community Arts “Presents Twelve Angry Jurors”

Twelve Angry Jurors, by Reginald Rose, will be performed in the historic courtroom of the 1927 courthouse that is home to the Orange County Regional History Center. Central Florida Community Arts exists to build and serve community through the arts.

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Saturday, August 10, noon – 2 p.m.

Fabulous Floridiana Auction August 10

As the Orange County Regional History Center prepares for a massive, multi-year renovation, the museum is saying goodbye to dozens of decorative items representing Florida’s history and culture at a live auction on August 10. Most of the props were built by exhibit professionals.

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Prompt: “Life in Central Florida Today”

The Accidental Historian Poetry Contest

To warm up for "The Accidental Historian" exhibit, we’re seeking your poetry and flash prose. Write about how you see and feel about Central Florida right now. How would you narrate life today to those living more than 100 years from now?

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A beautiful art exhibition

“Love Speaks” Highlights Artistic Responses to Pulse Tragedy

In honor of the third annual remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, the History Center presents a moving and beautiful art exhibition titled Love Speaks: Artistic Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy.

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