Institute of Museum and Library Services taps Orlando museum for 2019 National Medal

History Center Receives Top National Award for Service to Community

The Orange County Regional History Center has been named one of ten recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the highest honor given to museums and libraries across the nation.

Continue reading article History Center Receives Top National Award for Service to Community
Vintage postcard of the Albertson Public Library, a stone building with 4 palm trees and a colorful flower bed

Orlando’s Earliest Library

National Library Weeks happens in April, and you might be interested to learn that the current iconic Orlando Public Library at the corner of Central Boulevard and Magnolia was not the first public library in our city.

Continue reading article Orlando’s Earliest Library
Sepia-toned portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune wearing a high collared dress with a heart necklace

Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator & Activist

Known during her lifetime as the “First Lady of Negro America,” Mary McLeod Bethune is remembered for her contributions as an educator and civil rights activist. Although the founding of Bethune-Cookman University is probably her most well-known accomplishment, it is one of many.

Continue reading article Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator & Activist
A Snowy Egret takes flight at Paynes Prairie

The Origins of the Florida Audubon Society

Gathering in the lakeside Maitland home of Clara and Louis Dommerich, fifteen men and women—the “Who’s Who” of Central Florida—agreed on March 2, 1900, to create a statewide arm of the national Audubon movement.

Continue reading article The Origins of the Florida Audubon Society
Brechner Series logo

2019 Brechner Speaker Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy”

The History Center has teamed with the League of Women Voters of Orange County to present the 2019 Brechner Speaker Series, highlighting the role of women as “warriors for democracy”.

Continue reading article 2019 Brechner Speaker Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy”
Heritage Day logo

“Heritage Day” honors founding of Orange County with fun, free admission

The History Center is kicking off its first Heritage Day on Sunday, January 27, with free admission and fun family activities at the museum from noon to 5 p.m.

Continue reading article “Heritage Day” honors founding of Orange County with fun, free admission
Highwayman Robert Lewis

Florida Highwaymen Return to the History Center

The History Center opens its doors on Sunday, December 9, as it invites visitors to meet original Florida Highwaymen painters and see their work, along with art by young Central Floridians inspired by the legends.

Continue reading article Florida Highwaymen Return to the History Center
Billy the Swan, preserved by taxidermy, in a glass case at the History Center

An Orlando Legend: Billy the Swan

November 27 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.

Continue reading article An Orlando Legend: Billy the Swan

Veterans Receive Free Admission Nov. 10-11

The Orange County Regional History Center invites veterans, active-duty military personnel, and first responders to visit the museum for free on the weekend of November 10-11, 2018, in honor of Veterans Day.

Continue reading article Veterans Receive Free Admission Nov. 10-11
Claude White in Uniform

A Century Since the End of World War I

November 11, 2018, will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of “the War to End All Wars,” World War I. The war began in August 1914. The Great War, as it was called before World War II happened, was the first major war involving U.S. troops overseas.

Continue reading article A Century Since the End of World War I