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Lunch & Learn – Gatorland: A Bite-Sized History of an Orlando Icon

Friday, August 2, 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

Sink your teeth into the rich history of one of Orlando’s most beloved attractions, marking its 75th anniversary this year! Our curator of exhibitions, Katie Kelley, will discuss the fascinating tale behind the creation and evolution of Gatorland, from its humble beginnings as a roadside attraction to its current status as a must-visit destination. We’ll examine some of the pivotal moments, colorful characters, and dedicated wildlife conservation that have shaped Gatorland’s identity over the decades.


Katie Kelley was recently promoted to curator of exhibitions at the Orange County Regional History Center. She holds a master’s degree in public history, with a research focus in Florida history, from the University of Central Florida. Her career in museums spans nearly two decades and includes experience in historic sites and art, science, and history museums. Kelley has held leadership positions in museum education for nearly ten years, overseeing programming in school services, public engagement, outreach, camps, and volunteer programs.

Participate online or in-person.

History Center Members: Free
General Public: $5
History Center Members with lunch: $9
General Public with lunch: $14

Lunch must be ordered by 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 1.

Call 407-836-8580 with questions.