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Support the One Orlando Collection Initiative on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28

November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity for nonprofits around the world. Donations to the Historical Society of Central Florida can make a real difference in our community.

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Historical Society of Central Florida honors Joseph Wittenstein with 2017 Cheney Award

Wittenstein's longtime community service included membership on the board of the Orange County Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Central Florida).

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The History Center Honors Hispanic Heritage with New Bilingual Booklet

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Orange County Regional History Center is celebrating centuries of Hispanic influence, history, and culture in Florida with a new publication.

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History Center Explores Roots of Orlando’s Vietnamese Community

A new limited-run exhibition, Leaving Vietnam: Building a New Life in Central Florida, is on display at the Orange County Regional History Center through November 5.

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Introducing the Brechner Speaker Series

Named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate, this new series of speaker programs focuses on the media in Florida’s history.

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Weavers of Orlando Guild celebrates 75 years with new exhibition

This year, the Weavers of Orlando—a regional guild of fiber artists—turns 75 years old. Members of the Weavers have met every month since the guild’s founding in 1942, during the World War II years.

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Celebrating African American Inventors & Innovators

The History Center has created Celebrating African American Inventors & Innovators, a collection of 32 brief biographies. We hope their stories inspire you to learn more about African American innovators throughout history.

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An icon of plastic finds a home in Florida

In 1953 Tupperware headquarters moved to Osceola County next to Gatorland. Central Florida drew Tupperware salespeople for training and was home to the company’s Jubilee, an annual sales convention and celebration.

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New exhibition reveals complex role of plastics in our lives

The Orange County Regional History Center’s latest limited-run exhibition, Plastics Unwrapped, explores one of the 20th century’s most-debated inventions: the synthetic polymers we call plastics.

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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.

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