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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Hispanic Heritage Month

The History Center Honors Hispanic Heritage

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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The 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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