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The Orange County Regional History Center: Selected Awards and Honors

2021 Awards and Honors

American Alliance of Museums
Reaccreditation

Florida Historical Society -2021 David C. Brotemarkle Award
Awarded to Yesterday, This Was Home exhibition

Downtown Orlando Partnership – 2021 Golden Brick Award
Awarded to Awarded to Yesterday, This Was Home exhibition, Category: Diversity

2020 Awards

Society for American Archivists Awards (SAA) – Distinguished Service Award
Orange County Regional History Center received SAA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2020 for its “outstanding service to its public” and “exemplary contribution to the archives profession” in its response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Within days of the shooting, the History Center mobilized to begin collecting materials from memorial sites, which became the foundation of its One Orlando Collection initiative. The History Center has since built relationships and support systems with cultural heritage professionals across the country who have experienced their own mass tragedies in cities including Las Vegas, Parkland, and Dallas. To view details of the SAA Awards, click here.

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Gold Award – Exhibition

The Accidental Historian

Orange County Regional History Center received SEMC’s Gold Award for Exhibition in 2020 for The Accidental Historian, which was offered at the History Center from Sept. 21, 2019 through Jan. 19, 2020. The engaging exhibition recognized how pervasive the act of documenting the world has become and what has changed over the last century. Visitors were asked to reflect on how they see themselves as accidental historians and how the memes, viral cat videos, and carefully curated selfies of today will be used by historians of the future. The exhibition featured both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley and Urban Sketchers Orlando; poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley; audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly; and more. To view details of the award, click here.

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Gold Award – Technology

Curating a Tragedy: Documenting the PULSE Nightclub Shooting

Orange County Regional History Center received SEMC’s Gold Award for Technology in 2020 for Curating a Tragedy: Documenting the PULSE Nightclub Shooting. Co-produced with Orange TV (Orange County’s 24-hour public information station), this documentary is the first in-depth look into the History Center’s collection of items from numerous temporary memorials, collection inside the nightclub, and recording of stories from people impacted by the tragedy. Intended for all audiences, including survivors and families of victims, the documentary contains interviews with History Center staff about the process of collecting, curating, and preserving the One Orlando Collection. It makes these activities, which normally happen behind the scenes, transparent to the public in a completely new way. To view details of the award, click here.

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Silver Award – Technology

The Stories They Could Tell (view online exhibition here)

In addition to winning SEMC’s Gold Award for Technology in 2020 for Curating a Tragedy: Documenting the PULSE Nightclub Shooting, Orange County Regional History Center also won SEMC’s Silver Award for Technology for The Stories They Could Tell. This virtual exhibition highlights some of the artifacts that serve as physical representations of stories of struggle and loss, as well as triumph and hope on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Each of these journeys, in many ways so different, converge in the early morning hours of that fateful day. As time moves forward, the History Center will continue to remember these stories and honor those whose lives so significantly shaped them. To view details of the award, click here.

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Honorable Mention – Publications

Time Travelers’ Gazette

SEMC also awarded an Honorable Mention for Publications to Time Travelers’ Gazette, an innovative new publication created to bring Central Florida’s history to life for children. Each issue is fully bilingual and freely distributed to all elementary schools and library systems in the tri-county region to ensure it reaches youth of all socio-economic backgrounds.

2019 Awards

• Institute for Museum and Library Service – 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Services

2018 Awards

• Southeastern Museum Conference – 2018 Silver Award for Exhibition Competition, awarded to Leaving Vietnam: Building a New Life in Central Florida exhibition, Category under $10,000 Budget

• American Alliance of Museums – 2018 Excellence in Exhibitions Award, awarded to One Year Later: Reflecting on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Massacre exhibition

• American Alliance of Museums – 2018 Excellence in Label Writing Award, awarded to One Year Later: Reflecting on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Massacre exhibition

• Downtown Orlando Partnership – 2018 Golden Brick Award – awarded to Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibition, Category: Diversity

• Downtown Orlando Partnership – 2018 Golden Brick Award – awarded to “Florida Highwaymen Kids” Art Project and Exhibition, Category: The Arts

2017 Awards

• American Association for State and Local History – 2017 History in Progress Award for the “One Orlando Collection Initiative”

• American Association for State and Local History – 2017 Award of Merit for Leadership in History for the “One Orlando Collection Initiative”

• Southeastern Museum Conference – 2017 Gold Award for Exhibition Competition, Awarded to One Year Later: Reflecting on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Massacre exhibition, Category under $10,000 Budget

• Downtown Orlando Partnership – 2017 Golden Brick Award – Awarded to Leaving Vietnam: Building a New Life in Central Florida exhibition, Category: Diversity

2016 Awards

• Downtown Orlando Partnership – 2016 Golden Brick Award – Awarded to Pride, Prejudice, and Protest: GLBT History of Greater Orlando exhibition, Category: Diversity

Other Selected Awards and Honors

• A-List Winner, WESH Channel 2 / WKCF CW18
• Best Museum (Orlando magazine)
• Best of Orlando (Orlando magazine)
• Florida Government Communicators Association Silver Award
• George L. Stuart Award, Downtown Orlando Partnership
• Golden Quill Award (Florida Historical Society) for Reflections from Central Florida magazine
• MarCom Award for Reflections from Central Florida magazine
• National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards
• Outstanding Public Development Award, Florida Planning and Zoning Association
• Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Magic Maker
• Top 100 Florida Museums (Florida Monthly magazine)
• United Arts Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture
• Walt Disney World Community Service Awards – Arts and Culture