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Orange County Heritage Day: Becoming Florida

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On January 23, the History Center continues its annual tradition of celebrating our county’s official beginnings with free admission and fun activities for the whole family, adding a special theme for 2021: “Becoming Florida.”

This year we’ll honor our county’s 176th birthday, hailing the January day in 1845 when the Florida Legislature had the good sense to name what had been Mosquito County after a beautiful citrus fruit instead of a pesky insect.

It’s also the bicentennial year of Florida’s becoming part of the United States in 1821 – a major milestone in a long past shaped by a rich tapestry of people and cultures.  During 2021, the History Center will explore the historical Floridians who created the state we know today, through a variety of “Becoming Florida” programs. We begin in January with our special 2021 edition of Orange County Heritage Day. Please join us!

Special thanks to our Heritage Day partners for 2021: the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, the Museum of Seminole County, and the Zellwood Historical Society. Docents will welcome guests to the History Center’s exhibits, and children and families can enjoy activities including making butter, exploring Native American artifacts, and building a model log cabin, along with a fun pioneer-style photo opportunity.


The change of flags transferred St. Augustine to the United States on July 10, 1821.