“The State You’re In” with author Craig Pittman

In his latest book, The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife, award-winning author Craig Pittman draws on his work over 30 years in journalism to celebrate our state’s glorious weirdness with his trademark perception and wit. Some topics fit right in with the History Center’s current “World of Mythic Creatures” exhibition, as Pittman introduces readers to a Florida creature of myth that turned out to be

The Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston as a Cultural Preservationist

Join the Orange County Regional History Center as they welcome N.Y. Nathiri to lead an exploration of the life and work of Eatonville’s own Zora Neale Hurston. In addition to exploring Hurston’s literary accomplishments, Nathiri will delve into her important work as an anthropologist and activist; she’ll also highlight the community-driven effort to promote Hurston’s legacy in Central Florida. Nathiri serves as the executive director of The Association to Preserve

Legends & Lore: Exploring Mythic Worlds in Video Gaming

Ever hear of creepypasta? You’ll know exactly what it is when you join Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode for this interactive talk on how myths have been used in, and adapted into, video games, and how the internet plays a role in the creation and spread of legends. Explore how different video games approach the adaptation of myths, including representations of the mythic world, its setting and rules, and how humans and

Giants, Dragons, & Unicorns Family Day

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a fun-filled Family Day@ Dive into the realm of fantasy for a special opening-day event celebrating the newest exhibition, Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures. The exhibition includes models and cast fossils of prehistoric animals to investigate how they could have – through misidentification, speculation, fear, or imagination – inspired the development of several legendary creatures. Meet Central Florida’s

Women’s History Month: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Bethune Cookman University Oral History Collection

Dr. Jeannette Ford of Bethune Cookman University is being featured in an upcoming episode of the podcast “Emily Tells All.” This podcast series celebrates prominent women in the history of central Florida and was created by District 5 Orlando City Commissioner Emily Bonilla for Women’s History Month. This episode explores Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s legacy and the Bethune Cookman University Oral History Collection. Dr. Ford discusses her work as a

Florida Talks: Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations- Florida Stories

How far we’ve come and how progress can be made that inspires our youth drawing on an archive of over 125 oral histories of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and Caribbeans, from a variety of heritages. Dr. Kitty Oliver weaves music, media and storytelling into this innovative event! Dr. Kitty Oliver is an author, oral historian, media producer and professional singer with a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing

Florida Talks: Stories of Florida- Con Sabor! with Carrie Sue Ayvar

Storyteller, Carrie Sue Ayvar presents Stories of Florida-Con Sabor! Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, these personal and historical Florida tales take you on a journey into the imagination that connects the people and cultures of Florida, con un poco de sabor Latino! An internationally celebrated Storyteller and Teaching Artist, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards recognizing her service and leadership and her dedication to the art

Voices of Immigration – Stories from the Valencia Voices Oral History Program

The “Voices of Immigration” is the newest exhibition designed and created by the Humanities Department at Valencia College-Osceola Campus. This exhibition is based on “Valencia Voices,” an oral history project started in 2018 that has been collecting interviews from local Valencia residents with a focus on the impact of immigration in Osceola County. To open the exhibition, the Humanities Department will host a roundtable discussion with four students and staff

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