Barney the Buffalo: Wild West History in Downtown Orlando

by Joy Wallace Dickinson Pioneer Florida was a lot like the Wild West, so perhaps it’s fitting that an icon of the American frontier – a venerable bison named Barney – made his mark in history and rumbled into eternity on the sandy main drag of a Florida city, Orlando,

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The Church of Iron Oak: Rooted in Brevard County

By Kelly D’Ambrosio, Digital Archivist, Orange County Regional History Center During the mid-1990s, Wiccan classes and workshops were regularly advertised in the faith section of the Brevard County newspaper, Florida Today. Interest in the religion was typically demonstrated by news outlets during October, but Brevard was home to local groups

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Discover how immigration records can be a rich source for genealogy research

Each month we are pleased to share the Orange County Library System’s schedule of genealogy events. Classes are held at the West Oaks Branch in Ocoee or online. To learn more about these and the vast resources of the library, visit ocls.info. Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group Virtual Tuesday, June

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Pat O’Hare: Shaping Cocoa Beach Surf History

By Jeremy Hileman, Assistant Curator  Positioned at the midpoint of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, Cocoa Beach has long been synonymous with surfing. The city’s reputation has attracted seasoned professionals and novices alike, with the beach’s warm water and mild waves making it an excellent spot to learn the sport. By the

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Commodore Rose and the River of Freedom

By Rick Kilby from the Spring 2024 Edition of Reflections Magazine Who Was Commodore Rose in Pioneer Florida?” reads a February 1975 headline for Marian Godown’s “Here’s Florida” feature in the Fort Myers News-Press. Godown invited readers to take a quickie quiz: was the Commodore the owner of a steamboat

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Library’s study group can help you learn about your Native American roots

It’s interesting to consider AI’s role in genealogy research and the Orange County Library System is doing just that during the month of May. This and many other classes are offered by OCLS through their Genealogy Center located at the West Oaks Branch in Ocoee. Learn more about the many

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What Remains: A Land Called Wewahotee

By Kelly D’Ambrosio, Digital Archivist, Orange County Regional History Center Land changes hands and names as the years pass, extending its story with each transaction. In the case of a lost Central Florida community named Wewahotee – now often spelled Wewahootee – an expansive story has become muddled by time

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Find out more about your German ancestors at the library in April

Our friends at the Orange County Library System have a wonderful resource in their Genealogy Center located in the West Oaks Branch in Ocoee. This month you can learn about your ancestors from Tennessee to Europe. Learn more about the many resources of the library at OCLS.info. Utilizing the General

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Celebrating a Century: An Angebilt Vignette Featuring Sam Stoltz

By Travis Puterbaugh from the Fall 2023 edition of Reflections Magazine In late June 1921, developer J.F. Ange announced plans for a million-dollar, 240-room hotel at the northeast corner of Orange Avenue and Oak Street (now Wall Street). Orlando’s own Murry S. King, Florida’s first registered architect, designed the elegant

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Read all about it! Learn your family history using newspapers

Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – March 2024 Through their West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center, the Orange County Library System offers a wide array of genealogy events that we know fans of the History Center would be interested in, so we’re happy to support our valued community partner

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