The arrival of steamboats on the St. Johns River was an important development on Central Florida transportation history.

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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Institute of Museum and Library Services taps Orlando museum for 2019 National Medal

History Center Receives Top National Award for Service to Community

The Orange County Regional History Center has been named one of ten recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the highest honor given to museums and libraries across the nation.

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An undated postcard depicting the Albertson Public Library

Orlando’s Earliest Library

National Library Weeks happens in April, and you might be interested to learn that the current iconic Orlando Public Library at the corner of Central Boulevard and Magnolia was not the first public library in our city.

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Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator & Activist

Known during her lifetime as the “First Lady of Negro America,” Mary McLeod Bethune is remembered for her contributions as an educator and civil rights activist. Although the founding of Bethune-Cookman University is probably her most well-known accomplishment, it is one of many.

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white bird

The Origins of the Florida Audubon Society

Gathering in the lakeside Maitland home of Clara and Louis Dommerich, fifteen men and women—the “Who’s Who” of Central Florida—agreed on March 2, 1900, to create a statewide arm of the national Audubon movement.

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2019 Brechner Speaker Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy”

The History Center has teamed with the League of Women Voters of Orange County to present the 2019 Brechner Speaker Series, highlighting the role of women as “warriors for democracy”.

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