John Johansen-designed Orlando public library

The Age of Concrete: The Orlando Public Library

In 1962, the citizens of Orlando passed a Civic Improvements Bond issue that provided a million dollars to replace the Albertson Public Library, a Neoclassical-style structure that opened in 1923. For the new building, the city selected the Connecticut-based architect John Johansen (1916-2012).

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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.

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African American Heritage

Bilingual Heritage Series for Young People

The Orange County Regional History Center continues its “Heritage Series” of bilingual booklets with the February release of a second publication created especially for the many young people who visit the museum and their teachers.

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J. Michael Francis Reveals Florida’s Colonial Past

Speaking to an overflow crowd at the Orlando Public Library, historian J. Michael Francis explored the many myths that dominate popular perceptions about the Spanish colonization of Florida.

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