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Orange County Regional History Center

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65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

June 2017

The Great Florida Road Trip Tacky Tourist Party

June 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Join us for an evening of historic proportions as we salute the Tacky Tourist in Florida. The event also features Florida-themed snacks ranging from bit-sized Cuban sandwiches to mini-key lime pies, as well as a cash bar with beer and wine. Free. • Book talk with Cathy Salustri, author of Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida • Test your Florida knowledge with trivia • Tacky Tourist Costume Contest • Play shuffleboard in our lobby

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Florida Highwaymen Meet & Greet

June 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet seven of these remarkable artists and hear their stories. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Scheduled to appear are Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, James Gibson, Issac Knight, Robert Lewis, and Roy McLendon. Call 407-836-8500 for more details. Sponsored by the Orlando Utilities Commission.

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History in a Glass

June 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

Join us for a cocktail party like no other as ace mixologists from three popular downtown Orlando establishments – Hanson’s, The Woods, and The Courtesy – create custom cocktails inspired by a slice of the area’s history: the story of Billy Bluebeard, one of Orlando’s first swans. Come toast Orlando's Feathered Phenom and cheer on your favorite bartender in a competition to create the best Billy-inspired beverage. The winner will advance to the series finale. Admission includes great music with…

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July 2017

Making History: Sweet Blooms

July 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, the cake weighed 300 pounds, measured 3 yards in circumference, and was festooned with every kind of sugar flower imaginable. From this, a tradition was born! The Victorian era is known for its love of arts and crafts, and creating flowers made of sugar quickly became a favorite pastime. Please join us for a unique experience and craft your own sugar confection! Put history in your hands with this Saturday series of…

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August 2017

History in a Glass, Part 2

August 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
$25

Wild hogs roam through Central Florida’s past. Not far from the present-day History Center’s door, razorbacks once rubbed their backs on the steps of Orange County’s wooden courthouse in the 1870s, when Florida was a wild frontier. Florida still has an estimated one million feral pigs on the loose. Join us for the “Hog Wild” edition of History in a Glass to learn more about these boar-ish critter and watch as three ace mixologists from three popular craft cocktails bars…

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September 2017

Home School Day: La Florida

September 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Hispanic culture has influenced Florida for hundreds of years, but our state is not the only place to feel its presence. We’ll explore Latin America and Spain itself as well as our own home here in Florida as we dig into the past to see how this great culture has shaped our present. Students can spend the day learning and connecting with other home school students and families. Themed programs offer your family the opportunity to dive into a variety…

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October 2017

History in a Glass, Part III

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

At the third installment History in a Glass series, local craft bars compete for bragging rights by creating libations using Cooper's Craft bourbon. The drink recipes will be inspired by an infamous murder that shocked Orlando in 1938. The dark tale began in Room 208 of downtown’s San Juan Hotel, then only a block from the Orange County Courthouse (now the History Center.) Hear the unexpected twists and turns of a mesmerizing mystery as you enjoy great food and music,…

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Trick or Treat Safe Zone Block Party

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Young ghouls and goblins enjoy trick or treating throughout the History Center and Orlando Public Library along with creepy crafts, candy, and a scavenger hunt! Featuring: • Face painters & kids crafts • Shaved ice treats • Scavenger hunt • Trick or treat candy • Free books for kids Free for families with children ages 12 and under; children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 407-836-8500 for information.

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November 2017

Retro Game Night Eighties Edition

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

​Get out your leg warmers and spandex, dudes! Retro Game Night revisits the 1980s for a totally awesome event. Play our great old-school games from Battleship to Clue, plus retro video games and giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four. Trivia Nick will be on hand for multiple sessions of ’80s-themed trivia, and a DJ will spin favorite ’80s tunes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is for ages 18 and up. Eighties retro attire is…

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January 2018

3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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February 2018

Things Come Apart

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

These days the phones we carry in our pockets contain a camera, a movie theater, a map, and much more. But do you know what’s inside that magic rectangle? Things Come Apart, a fascinating exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that opens at the History Center in February, delves into the smartphone and dozens of other items we use daily. Featuring the works of creative photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, the exhibit reveals the deep complexity of everyday products as it…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

February 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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March 2018

Julian Chambliss – Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men

March 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Julian Chambliss, Professor of History at Rollins College and author of Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men, discusses superheroes, comics, race, and cities and explores how perceptions shape policy and action, creating our collective urban experience. Named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate, this new series of speaker programs focuses on the media in Florida’s history. All programs take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the History Center and…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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March Pottery Date Night

March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Want to try something different for date night or a fun night with your BFF? During the Pottery Studio’s downtown exhibit celebrating its 50th anniversary, the studio has moved its traditional Date Night programs to the History Center. Snack on decadent chocolates and fruit while you create a clay masterpiece. Materials, tools, soothing music, and refreshments will be provided. Cash bar downstairs. Finished work can be picked up from the Pottery Studio in the Downtown Recreation Complex two weeks after…

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April 2018

Family Discovery Day: Things Come Apart

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Drop-in program, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free with paid admission Did you know there are more than 100 parts in a Keurig coffee maker and just six pieces in a pioneer coffee kettle? April’s Discovery Day will highlight the design and engineering behind everyday objects with hands-on activities including STEM building challenges from the Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab and a deconstructed Café Mocha take-home activity using pioneer replica coffee grinders. This program is based on Things Come Apart, our limited-run exhibition…

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Brechner Series: “Oh, Florida!” with Craig Pittman

April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. As author and journalist Craig Pittman shows, it's both of these. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." Since then…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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May 2018

Mother’s Day – Free for Moms

May 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Festivals and holidays have celebrated mothers and motherhood since ancient times; our American holiday has roots in the late 19th century. On Mother’s Day, the History Center offers free admission to all moms.

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An Evening with Pulitizer-Prize Winning Author Gilbert King

May 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$75

Join us for a joint fundraiser supporting Florida First Amendment Foundation and the Historical Society of Central Florida. Lake County, 1957. Beneath a Ruthless Sun, the latest from Pulitizer-Prize winning author Gilbert King (Devil in the Grove) tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful and roils our own times still. COCKTAILS AND EARLY-BIRD BOOK…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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Sun Screens Movie: “The Florida Project”

May 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8

Keep cool this summer with our newest benefit for members: a series of Sunday matinees linked to the Sunshine State. We¹ll examine Florida¹s past through the prism of the movies, exploring classic and recent films that feature life in our state or were filmed in Florida. Our debut feature, director Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” has been lauded as one of the best movies of 2017. Set on a stretch of highway outside Walt Disney World, the story follows six-year-old…

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Sun Screens Movie: “The Florida Project”

May 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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At our Sun Screens Film Series, we’ll supply the popcorn, along with fascinating facts about each film, hosted by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Flashback feature. After the movie, we’ll also have the opportunity for a short behind-the-scenes discussion with an expert about the subject of each film. There’s nothing like seeing a movie the old-fashioned way: with a group of fellow movie fans. The series is free for members! After the movie, join Scott Billue of…

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June 2018

Highwaymen Meet and Greet

June 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet a group of these remarkable artists and hear their stories on June 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Free admission. Call 407-836-8594 for more details.

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

June 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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History in a Glass

June 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$90

A Libation Competition for the Ages! Local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations with the theme of ”King Celery.” Enjoy great food and music, plus three hand-crafted cocktails. Members $20, general admission $25. This event is for guests 21 and older. Plan on going to all four History in a Glass events? Save money by purchasing a Four Pack in advance. $70 for members, general admission $90. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance. Doors open…

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History in a Glass: A Libation Competition for the Ages

June 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

Local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations with the theme of ”King Celery.” Enjoy great food and music, plus three hand-crafted cocktails. Members $20, general admission $25.  This event is for guests 21 and older. Plan on going to all four History in a Glass events? Save money by purchasing a Four Pack in advance.  $70 for members, general admission $90. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance. Doors open at 6 p.m., cocktail competition and drink service starts at 6:30.…

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July 2018

First Friday Lunch & Learn in July

July 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5

On the first Friday of each month, bring a lunch or let us order one for you while you enjoy an hour-long program with History Center staff and special guests about the museum, Central Florida history, and more. “Research at the History Center” Join the History Center’s collections manager, Whitney Broadaway, to learn about the resources available in the Brechner Research Center and library, as well as how staff members process, catalog, and interpret information from the archives. Bring a…

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Sun Screens Movie: The Yearling

July 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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At our next Suns Screens feature, join us in watching 1946's "The Yearling" Filmed on location in the Ocala National Forest, this beloved Technicolor coming-of-age classic brought Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen. The film received six Oscar nominations and won two; Claude Jarman Jr. received an honorary Oscar as “outstanding child actor.” Keep cool with a series of Sunday matinees featuring movies linked to Florida. We’ll supply the popcorn, along with fascinating facts about each film,…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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August 2018

3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

August 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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History in a Glass: Hot, Hot, Hot!

August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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A Libation Competition for the Ages Thursday, August 23, 6 – 9 p.m. Local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations with the theme of ”Hot, Hot, Hot!” In the summer Orlando and Central Florida get hot, hot, hot! Celebrate this History in a Glass with a little fire. We will share artifacts and stories of fires blazing, fireworks poppin’, and even a fire insurance company with some risqué sales tactics! Enjoy great food and music, plus three…

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Sun Screens Movie: “Apollo 13”

August 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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There’s nothing like seeing a movie the old-fashioned way: with a group of fellow movie fans. Our featured film for Sunday, August 26, is 1995's “Apollo 13.” For director Ron Howard and the cast including Tom Hanks, realism was the name of the game. The real-life story on which the film was based was suspenseful enough on its own to enthrall an audience, even though its outcome was hardly a secret. Astronaut James Lovell appears in a cameo. Keep cool…

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September 2018

First Friday Lunch & Learn: Museum Mysteries

September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

On the first Friday of each month at noon, History Center staff lead an interesting program about the museum, Central Florida history, and more. On September 7, learn how the stories behind artifacts can lead down unexpected paths and yield surprising discoveries. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 – lunch orders must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; nonmembers $13.

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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October 2018

Grand Opening of Genome: Unlocking Life’s Codes

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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On grand opening day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission to our new limited-run exhibit from the Smithsonian, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, presented locally by Orlando Health. Do you have your father’s curly hair? Or your mother’s dimples? These traits are part of the blueprint that makes up your unique genetic code. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., our free, drop-in “DNA & Me” family workshop features onsite and take-home activities including a Genome Trivia Wheel, "Make…

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Discovery Day: Weird Florida!

October 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$35

When school takes a break, we’ve got the perfect solution for your children: a series of adventures that makes time off from school an opportunity for both fun and learning! In this one-day camp inspired by the popular book “Weird Florida,” we’ll look at what makes Florida unique and weird. Mysterious caves, slimy creatures, volcanos, and more are lurking here waiting to be discovered! Field trip: Lake Eola Park* Morning care available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and after care…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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History in a Glass: A Slice of History

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

A Libation Competition for the Ages. In our History in a Glass series, local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations linked to historical themes and artifacts. Our autumn event takes its inspiration from a Civil War surgeon’s kit in the History Center’s collection. What made a good Civil War surgeon? Education, experience, deft fingers, and tools! On the battlefield, Army surgeons carried out nearly 60,000 amputations. Soldiers dreaded a visit from the “butchers.” Enjoy great food and…

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November 2018

Lunch & Learn: Genealogy

November 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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For the past several months, History Center staff have been working with five local influencers as they explore their DNA and family histories. The results reveal a great deal about the rich heritage and diversity of our Central Florida community. Join us to explore what we learned, what brick walls we hit, and what types of resources are available to you in Central Florida to begin your own genealogical journey. Guest speakers will include Elaine Hatfield Powell of the Central…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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Family History Workshop

November 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

Morning Session: Ancestry 101, 9 a.m. – Noon Join Genealogist Ann Osisek for an introduction to basic family-history research. Members $20, non-members $25 (includes breakfast.) Register here: https://10828.blackbaudhosting.com/10828/Ancestry-101

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December 2018

DNA and Genealogy with Allison Ryall

December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Learn the basics of genetic genealogy and discover how DNA testing can help answer genealogical questions. We will explore the different types of tests available on the market today and will discuss which companies to consider for your testing purposes. Several case studies will be shared to demonstrate how valuable DNA can be in family-history research. Free admission. Presented by Genealogy Specialist Allison Ryall of the Orange County Library System’s West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center. This program is designed…

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Florida Highwaymen Meet & Greet

December 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet a group of these remarkable artists and hear their stories on Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Free admission.

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History in a Glass: The Florida Highwaymen

December 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

In our History in a Glass series, local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations inspired by historical themes and artifacts. At our series finale, we’ll celebrate the Florida Highwaymen – the 26 self-taught African American artists who created more than 200,000 landscape paintings that they sold door-to-door, or from the trunks of their cars, in the racially unsettled times of the 1950s and 1960s. Now they are members of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Enjoy great…

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3rd Thursday Art Market – Call to Artists and Vendors

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Our 3rd Thursday Art Stroll is expanding to include the Orange County History Center and Heritage Square. We are looking for 20 art, crafts, and or non-profits interested in having a 10'x10' tent in front of The History Center. Times are the same as 3rd Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm with set-up starting at 4:30 pm. Introductory cost is $15 per vendor if paid in advance; the cost rises to $25 on the day of event. If you are…

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Deck the DTO Celebration

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Join the Downtown Orlando Partnership, Downtown Arts District Orlando, Thornton Park District and Church Street District for this special 3rd Thursday holiday collaboration. Enjoy festive networking, cocktails, photo booth and more! Pre-rsvp online and receive a free drink ticket! Deck the DTO window decorating contest winners will be announced at 6:30 PM.

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February 2019

Suffragists & Abolitionists: Getting the Right to Vote

February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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This talk by historian Patricia Farless of the University of Central Florida focuses on the broader quest for female suffrage, beginning with Seneca Falls in 1848 and culminating in the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. In doing so, it considers the sacrifices and strategies of the activists in addition to their faults as they strove to achieve women’s right to vote. Our 2019 series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Orange…

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Central FL History 101: Civil War, Citrus, & the Great Freeze

February 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8 – $13

Join museum director Michael Perkins on the third Friday of the month as he reviews the seminal events that shaped Central Florida history from the Civil War to the present. This four-part series will delve into the rich history of our area from long before the opening of Walt Disney World to today. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members…

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Brechner Series – Women: Fighters for Florida’s Environment

February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Historically, Florida has been known for its natural beauty, but it’s also widely joked that the state’s official bird should be the construction crane. In reaction to the air pollution, dredge-and-fill projects, and pesticides that spread across Florida during the 20th century, an environmental movement rose up, often led by women who shaped how the Sunshine State reveres its rich natural resources. These women set the foundation for the present century’s environmental agenda, which came to include the idea of…

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Lunch & Learn: The History of the Courthouse

February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Did you know that famed serial killer Ted Bundy was tried in Orlando or that Orange County’s courthouse was almost moved to Sanford? Learn tales from the history of the many courthouses that have surrounded Heritage Square through the years, including the History Center’s illustrious home. Presented by the History Center’s chief curator, Pam Schwartz, and collections manager, Whitney Broadaway. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance).…

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March 2019

Women Making History in Central Florida

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

March is Women's History Month. We are remembering women who have made history in the past and those that are still making history today. The Women Making History in Central Florida event will showcase four women who have and will continue making history. We hope that their stories will inspire you to impact Central Florida in your own way. Event Details: Orange County Regional History Center 65 East Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32801 March 13, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to…

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Brechner Series: Making Modern Florida

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

In the early-to-middle 20th century, Florida shot from a frontier state populated mostly in its north to an urban state populated mostly in its south and leading America’s race to the moon. Trouble was, its post-Reconstruction, “Old South” constitution of 1885 locked the legislative districts into their 1885 scheme, keeping a stranglehold of power in the rural north. Dade County, with a half-million residents, had only three representatives, while every tiny county in the Panhandle had at least one. Twin…

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Women Making History in Central Florida

March 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

March is Women's History Month. We are remembering women who have made history in the past and those that are still making history today. The Women Making History in Central Florida event will showcase four women who have and will continue making history. We hope that their stories will inspire you to impact Central Florida in your own way. Event Details: Orange County Regional History Center 65 East Central Boulevard Orlando, FL 32801 March 13, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to…

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Central FL History 101: Recovery, Growth, & War (1900 to 1945)

March 15, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Join museum director Michael Perkins on the third Friday of the month as he reviews the seminal events that shaped Central Florida history from the Civil War to the present. Discover how Central Florida survived the Great Freeze and became a tourist destination by the 1920s. From agriculture to airports, this was a time of transition for the area. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members…

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Retro Game Night: College Edition

March 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8

Retro Game Night returns! Represent your alma mater at this college-themed Retro Game Night! Play treasured games from the past and show off your skills at trivia. Enjoy free nostalgic snacks and a cash bar for those of age. The event is for ages 18 and up. College-themed attire is encouraged. Members free; non-members $8.

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April 2019

Lunch & Learn: Library’s Past Speaks Volumes

April 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Last year the Orange County Library System received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, a high honor given for exceptional contributions to the community. It’s part of nearly century-old legacy of providing residents with resources and opportunities to learn, connect, and grow. Take a look back at the library system’s rich history (and architecture) with Mike Donohue, the system’s outreach coordinator. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24…

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Brechner Series: Warriors for Democracy

April 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Travel back over the past eight decades in Central Florida with this multimedia presentation that tells the story of Orange County’s League of Women Voters—the largest single-county chapter in the nation, celebrating its 80th anniversary this spring. League members will recount their crusades to empower voters and defend democracy, beginning with the struggles to extend voting rights to women. Milestones also include advocating for open government and election reforms and protecting children and the environment. The program features highlights from…

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Central FL History 101: Spaceships, Land Booms, and a Mouse

April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8 – $13

Join museum director Michael Perkins on the third Friday of the month as he reviews the seminal events that shaped Central Florida history from the Civil War to the present. The 1950s brought economic development and high-tech businesses to Central Florida. The area’s transportation network grew, tourists came by the hundreds of thousands, and Florida became internationally known as the land of sunshine. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24…

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13th Annual John Young History Maker Celebration

April 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$275

For the past thirteen years, the Historical Society of Central Florida has recognized the outstanding achievements of select community members by bestowing the John Young History Maker Award upon a Central Floridian whose lifetime of achievement has made a historic impact on the community. The John Young History Maker Award was named after our hometown hero, Captain John Young, who was the ninth person to walk on the moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972. This year…

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May 2019

Lunch & Learn: Central Florida on the Silver Screen

May 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5

From My Girl to Edward Scissorhands, dozens of famous films have been in shot in Central Florida. To kick off our Sun Screens movie series for 2019, we’re looking back at some of Central Florida’s weirdest and most memorable movie moments! With Lesleyanne Drake, the History Center’s curator of collections. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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Summer of Space: PBS Documentary Screening

May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with WUCF, Central Florida’s PBS Station. Join us for previews of two exciting documentaries examining pivotal events in the race to the moon. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Chasing the Moon, written, produced, and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material – much of which has never been seen by the public. Space Chase…

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Central FL History 101: 1972 – present

May 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8

Central FL History 101: Tourist Destination, International Community, and Big City Problems (1972 – present) Join museum director Michael Perkins on the third Friday of the month as he reviews the seminal events that shaped Central Florida history from the Civil War to the present. With the arrival of Disney, Central Florida became an international tourist destination. Hosting 60 million visitors each year is no easy task, and the area struggled with transportation and infrastructure woes. Bring a lunch or…

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SunScreens Film Series featuring “Cocoon”

May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8

Directed by Ron Howard, the 1985 movie "Cocoon" was filmed in the St. Petersburg area. The film features Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, and Hume Cronyn as trespassing seniors in a Florida retirement community who find themselves brimming with youthful vigor after swimming in a pool containing mysterious objects. "Cocoon" won two Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Don Ameche) and Best Visual Effects. Parental warning: includes mature themes. Our SunScreens Sunday matinees features films linked to Florida. We’ll supply the…

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June 2019

Florida Highwaymen Meet & Greet

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet a group of these remarkable artists and hear their stories on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Free admission.

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Lunch & Learn: Collecting from Seven Counties

June 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Did you know our museum collects history from seven different Florida counties? Our territory includes not only Orange but Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Polk, Brevard, and Volusia. See artifact highlights and hear interesting stories about our neighbors! Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-8502 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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EJI Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony honoring July Perry

June 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Join us on June 21st at the Orange County Regional History Center for the unveiling of a historical marker in honor of #JulyPerry who was lynched on November 3, 1920. His murder spurred the onset of the #OcoeeMassacre, known as one of the bloodiest days in American history. Perry was an African American leader in Orange County's African American communities and was targeted for his influence as a prominent businessman, landowner, and advocate of African American voting rights. After 2…

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Reconstruction: PBS Documentary Screening & Discussion

June 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Join us for a free event previewing Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR followed by a panel discussion. This new documentary takes a broad view of the Reconstruction era and its aftermath, beginning with the hopeful moment of war's end and emancipation in 1865 and carrying through to 1915, when the nation was fully entrenched in Jim Crow segregation. Panel Participants: Heather Bryson, Ph.D, Valencia College Olabisi Olakulade, Historian and Educator at Shule Adetude Michael Perkins,…

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July 2019

Lunch & Learn: Central Florida Fame and Fortune

July 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Are you fascinated by the local who’s who? Join us as we explore famous faces from Central Florida and discover other notables who have passed through! Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-8502 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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August 2019

Fabulous Floridiana Auction Preview Party

August 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Various prices

To warm-up for our Fabulous Floridiana Auction on August 10, noon to 2 p.m., you’re invited to the museum to mix and mingle with other collectors and fans of all things Florida and get an up-close look at the treasures we’ll selling at a fun and exciting live auction. Enjoy refreshments and a cash bar while you check out these now-retired display props: a plethora of one-of-a-kind treasures, ranging in size from 6 inches to more than 6 feet, that…

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The History Center’s Fabulous Floridiana Auction

August 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Take Home a Piece of Our Past! As we get ready for our big upcoming renovations, we’ve found a stash of treasures in the museum’s hidden corners. From gargantuan gators to magical mermaids, we got just the right amazing object to bring a true touch of Florida and fabulous fun to your home or office! We’re talking about everything from massive manatees to a compact King Kong—even the pretend claw of a giant sloth, and it’s pretty scary. In short,…

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Booktoberfest 2019

August 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$35 – $50

Booktoberfest takes over the library for one night every year. Sample a tasty variety of beers from local brewers, and enjoy some light bites from Roque Pub and more. Challenge your friends to a game of Jenga, play trivia, and learn about the brewing process. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Orange County Library System, which helps fund important library programs and initiatives. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 15 : VIP - $50 General Admission - $35

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September 2019

Beyond Tacos, Salsa & Sombreros: Latin America’s Cultural Wealth

September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Featuring Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández, University of Central Florida Despite its geographical proximity to the United States, Latin America remains barely an afterthought within the scope of U.S. foreign policy. This is paralleled by a generalized disinterest in the history and culture of Latin Americans and Latinos/Hispanics, 60 million of whom live in the United States. This illustrated presentation invites the audience to venture beyond traditional stereotypes to explore the deeper meanings and richness of Latin American cultures. Prof. Martínez-Fernández will…

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Are We There Yet? The Steamboat Era

September 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$8

How did early Central Floridians get around? Inhospitable terrain made the going tough, even with the arrival of steam-powered watercraft. Join Museum Director Michael Perkins for the first in this four-part series as he reviews the significant events in transportation history that shaped Central Florida. Learn more about the series here: http://www.thehistorycenter.org/transportation/ These interesting lunchtime lectures last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a short question-and-answer period. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order…

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THE ACCIDENTAL HISTORIAN Exhibit Tour & Sketchwalk

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Join us as we tour the Accidental Historian Exhibition, featuring the Orlando Urban Sketchers' art. Group Sketchwalk will follow the tour.

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October 2019

Lunch & Learn: Central Florida Artists as Accidental Historians

October 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$13

Come see a selection of artwork from the museum’s collection and learn about some of Central Florida’s most celebrated artists. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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Accidental Historian Panel Discussion

October 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Artists, photographers, and more featured in The Accidental Historian exhibition will discuss their work, their process, and why it’s so important to document the world around you. Free admission.

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November 2019

Historically Poetic

November 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

How can history be held in a poem? Join us for in-person readings by Orlando’s first poet laureate, Susan Lilley, as well as other area poets, authors, and participants in our historical poetry competition! Free admission.

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Orlando’s Eve: a roaring 20’s party and immersive experience

November 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$75

Orlando's Eve is this Saturday night! This immersive adventure through the historic streets of Downtown Orlando is highlighted by an interactive theater experience that culminates in a roaring 1920’s party at a secret speakeasy. Grab the clues, move the "hooch", and you'll end up at the secret swanky shindig, with dinner and drinks, live music, as well as burlesque and vaudeville performances. Live music and dancing with Brown Bag Brass Band, and very special performance by Tymisha Harris (from award…

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December 2019

Historic Orlando: 30 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know

December 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5 – $13

Orlando is full of interesting — and sometimes bizarre — history! Join us as we share thirty unique stories about the past of what’s perhaps the most recognized, but little known, city on Earth. This Lunch & Learn program will be presented by the History Center’s research librarian, Melissa Procko. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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Florida Highwaymen Meet & Greet

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Free

A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet a group of these remarkable artists and hear their stories on Sunday, December 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Free admission. Call 407-836-8594 for more details.

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January 2020

Lunch & Learn: Swanlando!

January 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5 – $13

Learn about the history of Orlando’s famous swans as we travel back to a time when a new clutch of cygnets made front-page news and the most notorious murderer in Orlando was none other than Billy the Swan! Bring a lunch or let us order one for you by calling 407-836-7046 (order at least 24 hours in advance). Members free; non-members $5. With lunch: Members $8; non-members $13.

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Brechner Series: Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus & Neon Pies

January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

Veteran Florida journalist Mark Lane aims his sharp wit at one of the most intriguing duties of the Florida legislature — signing state symbols into law. In this engaging talk based on his recently published book, "Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies: An Unofficial Guide to Florida’s Official Symbols," Lane spotlights the sometimes surprising things that have been designated to officially define the Sunshine State. The Brechner Speaker Series honors the late Joseph L. Brechner, a longtime journalist, Central…

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Orange County Heritage Day

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Orange County boasts a long, rich history, beginning even before Florida became a state. Join us as we celebrate the day 175 years ago that changed Central Florida forever – when Mosquito County dropped its pesky name and officially became Orange County. We’ll sip Florida’s own homegrown kind of tea, eat citrus-inspired treats, and enjoy lots of fun activities for families. Enjoy live music! Orlando’s Leu Gardens will have native plants on hand. Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co. will offer…

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February 2020

Brechner Series: Presidents in Florida with Jim Clark

February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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free

U.S. Presidents have played a major role in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state’s attractions. Regular visitors have included Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy. Harry Truman had a house in Key West called the Little White House. Warren G. Harding played golf with an elephant as a caddie, and Chester Arthur went fishing in Orlando. Join Jim Clark of the University…

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Marching Forward Screening

February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

In honor of Black History Month Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Orange County Regional History Center proudly present a special showing of the award-winning UCF film “Marching Forward.” The recent winner of the Atman Award for Diversity in Film, “Marching Forward” deals with race relations in Orlando during the 1960s and how a love for music united the bands of two high schools: Jones and Edgewater. The film is the fourth that associate professor of history Robert…

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Central Florida History 101: Civil War to Great Freeze

February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5

Join museum director Michael Perkins as he reviews the seminal events that shaped Central Florida history from the Civil War to the present. This four-part series will delve into the rich history of our area from long before the opening of Walt Disney World to today. Members free; non-members $5

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March 2020

Brechner Series: Florida’s Female Pioneers

March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Historian Peggy Macdonald examines some of the notable women who have shaped the Sunshine State, from Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida, to Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the first female tribal chair of any American Indian tribe in the nation. Macdonald illustrates her fascinating talk with rich visual images drawn from the Matheson History Museum, State Archives of Florida, and other repositories. The Brechner Speaker Series honors the late…

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October 2020

Celebrating Black Culture: Evolution of Music

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6 – 8 p.m. In this two-part series, scholars, musicians, and poets will lead engaging discussions about Black culture, including the evolution of music and the power of storytelling. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and poetry readings. Evolution of Music In a program featuring Dr. JoAnne Stephenson, associate professor of Music at the University of Central Florida, and Donald Harrell, performing artist, folklorist, and co-founder of Orisirisi African Folklore, we’ll explore the evolution of African American…

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The Legacy of Ocoee: A Panel Discussion

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6 p.m. It has been 100 years since America’s largest instance of voting-day violence – the Ocoee Massacre. Join a panel of experts as we discuss both the event and the dark legacies it has left in Central Florida through today. Speakers include Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy, state Rep. Geraldine Thompson, Dr. Paul Ortiz of the University of Florida’s history faculty, and community historian Francina Boykin. This panel discussion is moderated by the History Center’s…

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December 2020

Florida Highwaymen Meet & Greet

December 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

A group of 26 African Americans found success as artists in the segregated South of the 1950s. Meet some of these remarkable artists and hear their stories on Sunday, December 6 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase their uniquely Florida artwork. Free admission. Capacity will be limited in the exhibit hall to encourage social distancing. Reserve your spot here: https://10828.blackbaudhosting.com/10828/tickets?tab=2... Call 407-836-8594 for more details.

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January 2021

Orange County Heritage Day: Becoming Florida

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

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. We have even more heritage to celebrate…

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Orange County Heritage Day: Becoming Florida

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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FREE

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. We have even more heritage to celebrate…

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February 2021

Lunch & Learn: Collecting and Preserving the Black Lives Matter Movement

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$5

From Sanford’s Goldsboro Museum to the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte to the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis, how are institutions collecting and telling the Black Lives Matter story as it unfolds? We invite you to join the History Center’s collections manager, Whitney Broadaway, for an interactive discussion with the curators working to preserve this significant movement for the future. Fee $5, free for members.

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March 2021

Mabel Norris Reese: Fearless Voice for Truth

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

The Orange County Regional History presents its second annual Women’s History Month Celebration with an online program honoring Mabel Norris Reese (1914-1995), a determined Central Florida journalist who fought for justice and took on the Ku Klux Klan in a segregated Florida. Titled “Mabel Norris Reese: Fearless Voice for Truth,” the program will highlight Reese’s career at the helm of the Mount Dora Topic, a small weekly newspaper in Lake County, as she investigated the case of the Groveland Four and…

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Women’s History Month Celebration – Mabel Norris Reese: Fearless Voice for Truth

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$25

Mabel Norris Reese: Fearless Voice for Truth March 18, noon, via Zoom The Orange County Regional History presents its second annual Women’s History Month Celebration with an online program honoring Mabel Norris Reese (1914-1995), a determined Central Florida journalist who fought for justice and took on the Ku Klux Klan in a segregated Florida. Titled “Mabel Norris Reese: Fearless Voice for Truth,” the program will highlight Reese’s career at the helm of the Mount Dora Topic, a small weekly newspaper…

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History in a Glass: Rosy Orlando

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$15

History in a Glass is back! Join us for a virtual cocktail class and history lesson, all poured into one good time. Each month our friends at The Woods craft-cocktail bar will create a special libation based on a particular story from Orlando’s past, and our online gathering will feature a demo about how to make the drink, plus a dive into the history that inspired it! We’ll send you the recipe, so you can create your craft cocktail beforehand…

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May 2021

History in a Glass: Queen Kumquat Sashay

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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$12

History in a Glass is back! Join us for a virtual cocktail class and history lesson, all poured into one good time. Each month our friends at The Woods craft-cocktail bar will create a special libation based on a particular story from Orlando’s past, and our online gathering will feature a demo about how to make the drink, plus a dive into the history that inspired it! We’ll send you the recipe, so you can create your craft cocktail beforehand…

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June 2021

Free Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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Although celebrations of Father’s Day in the United States began early in the 20th century, it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor dads. Let us treat your dad to a visit to the History Center.

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July 2021

Lunch & Learn- Latinx arts in Central Florida: Inclusion and Visibility

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801 United States
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In this Lunch and Learn, we will explore the role of Latinx artists in the contemporary arts scene in Central Florida. We will explore how the migration experience influences the works of these artists in Central Florida, the ways in which they are included in news media in our mainstream newspapers and news channels, and how social media offers a new space of communication for artists from minority groups in Central Florida. We will also explore the ways in which…

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