African American Heritage

Bilingual Heritage Series for Young People

The Orange County Regional History Center continues its “Heritage Series” of bilingual booklets with the February release of a second publication created especially for the many young people who visit the museum and their teachers.

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Todd McLellan at exhibit debut

Meet Creator Todd McLellan at our “Things Come Apart” Opening on February 10. The museum will be open free to the public during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with talks by McLellan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

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Searching for Dr. King

On March 6, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his one and only trip to Orlando to give a speech at Tinker Field. More than 50 years later, the Collections Department at the Orange County Regional History Center is searching through the collections for footage of that historic visit.

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The Great Freeze of 1894-1895

On Dec. 29, 1894, Central Florida felt the first wallop in the one-two punch of cold that came to be called the Great Freeze of 1894-1895. After the Great Freeze, growers reported 21,737 acres planted in citrus and not one box produced.

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Operating Support Grant for 2018 Educational Outreach

The Board of United Arts of Central Florida announces its Operating Support Grants for 2018 to 37 Central Florida nonprofit cultural institutions, including $27,400 to the History Center.

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Highwaymen Kids Exhibition

In the fall of 2017, more than 60 students from the Orange County Public Schools’ Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) participated in History Center’s inaugural Highwaymen Kids Art Competition and Exhibition.

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The Road to ‘The City Beautiful’

Recently the finale of our History in a Glass series put the spotlight on Orlando’s path to its well-known nickname, the City Beautiful, as told by the History Center’s chief curator, Pamela Schwartz who cited a recent Brechner Series presentation by our historian, Adam Ware.

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Highwaymen Artists Return

Visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center on December 10 have an opportunity to meet original Highwaymen painters and see their work, as well as paintings by young artists inspired by the Florida legends.

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Support the One Orlando Collection Initiative

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 honors the late Joseph Wittenstein

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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