A sculpture of Annie Oakley and Dave the Wonder Dog. Oakley kneels down holding a rifle, Dave is on the opposite side, sitting.

Little Sure Shot’s Snowbird Days: Annie Oakley in Central Florida

Like so many Midwesterners, Annie Oakley wintered in Florida, and despite her fascinating, globe-trotting personal history, two of the most “pivotal events of her life” happened in the Sunshine State. She was a part of our history, as Florida was of her’s.

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Mary McLeod Bethune wearing a Victorian-stye dress with a locket

Inaugural Women’s History Breakfast Honors Mary McLeod Bethune

On March 12, the Orange County Regional History Center presents its inaugural Women’s History Month Breakfast with a program honoring Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), the legendary Daytona Beach educator who is hailed as one of our nation’s most powerful advocates for civil rights and suffrage.

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Silohuette of marching band again a sunset with images of band leaders

Screening of “Marching Forward” Tells Inspiring Orlando Story

In honor of Black History Month, Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the History Center proudly presents a special showing of the award-winning documentary film “Marching Forward.”

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Postcard of House of Mystery shows parking lot and couple standing in an optical illusion

Land of the Lost Attractions

Central Florida has long been a tourism hot spot where roadside attractions that have come and gone. Some, such as Cypress Gardens, loom large in Florida’s history, while others have been largely forgotten. Here’s a photographic look back at just a few.

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Arched type reads Orange County Heritage Day with citrus grove in the background

Orange County Heritage Day Returns January 25

The celebration marks 175 years since Orange County traded in its first name: Mosquito. For the second year, the Orange County Regional History Center celebrates Orange County’s official beginnings with free admission and fun activities for the whole family.

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Head shot of Mary Ann Carroll in front of the painting

Mary Ann Carroll: “First Lady” of Highwaymen Leaves Rich Legacy

History Center staff members were saddened to learn of the death on Dec. 4, 2019, of Mary Ann Carroll, who was long a stalwart member of the group of Florida Highwaymen artists who have visited the museum for Meet & Greet events twice a year.

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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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