The Orange County Regional History Center invites Central Floridians to share their own histories with the museum and with future generations on March 12-13 from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
The History Center offers two ways to share your treasures. “First, consider donating original photos and other materials to the collection, where they’ll be kept safe by a professional staff in our climate-controlled archives, and we’ll make you a high-quality digital scan to keep. We’ll also provide professional photographs of any three-dimensional objects that are donated. Second, if you’d prefer to keep your originals at home, we’ll make a scan for our digital archives so that researchers have access to the information,” says the museum’s manager, Michael Perkins.
“Both ways help ensure that future generations will have access to the rich resources that reveal so much about a certain place and time. Photos, letters, diaries, brochures, scrapbooks, and other materials accumulated over the years offer vital information about the history of a family, business, or community.”
The History Center welcomes material concerning Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Polk, and Brevard counties.
“Because of space limitations, it’s not possible for any archive to accept everything that’s offered,” Perkins notes, “but we welcome the opportunity to review the material and help with suggestions about how best to preserve your family archives.”
“A History Harvest is more than a great way to have a hand in growing a research collection – it’s also a wonderful opportunity to mingle and share family stories with other Central Floridians,” notes the History Center’s collections manager, Whitney Broadaway.
History Harvest participants will receive free admission to the museum. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E Central Blvd. (annual pass members receive 2 hours of free parking with each visit to the museum).