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New Exhibition, Orlando Remembered: Orlando A-Z,
Set to Open at the Orange County Regional History Center
Wednesday, September 26

ORLANDO,Fla. (September 12,2007)-The Orange County Regional History Center is set to open Orlando Remembered: OrlandoA-Z onWednesday,September 26, 2007. Orlando Rememberedis an annually changing exhibition, sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation that brings the region's past to lifethrough artifacts from the Historical Society of Central Florida collections.

Orlando A-Z uses the letters of the alphabet to highlight some of Orlando'smost interesting and memorable people, places, and things. The new exhibitionr ecounts how the City of Orlando came to be and grew into the city we know today, highlighting significant moments, from the building of a downtown courthouse to the opening of Walt Disney World.

This new exhibition is an alphabetical retrospective of life in Orlando before the theme parks, from 1842 through 1971. For each letter of the alphabet,Orlando A-Z features one story that is unique to Central Florida,including Gary's Duck Inn, Ivey's Department Store,Loch Haven Park, The Orlando Newsboys Band, and the Vogue Hat Shop.

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. and features three floors of permanent exhibitions that take visitors on a journey through the region's fascinating transition from Indian settlement to small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches to today's tourist-centric community. The museum presents nationally important, limited-run exhibitions, bringing unique aspectsof our nation's history to life in the heart ofCentralFlorida. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Conveniently located at 65 East Central Boulevard in downtown Orlando, the Orange County Regional History Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. General admissionis $7, students with a valid student ID and seniors (60+) are $6.50, andchildren ages 3-12 are $3.50. Special admission prices may apply during limited-run exhibitions. Historical Society Members,Orange County employees, and children under the age of 3 are free. Visitors receive two hours of free covered parking at the Orlando Public Library garage adjacent to the museum withpaid admission (not valid during private events). Guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 11a.m. and are included in the price of general admission. For more information visit www.thehistorycenter.org or call(407)836-8500.

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The Orange County Regional History Center is financed in part by Orange County Government through the Department of Health&Family Services under OrangeCounty Mayor Richard T. Crotty and the Board of County Commissioners, The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc., United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts: Division of Historic Resources and Bureau of Historical Museums.

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