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History Center Celebrates Ninth Anniversary in the Historic Courthouse Downtown with a Tribute to Professional and College Sports in Central Florida

Plus: Free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine's "Museum Day"

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 8, 2009)-On Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Orange County Regional History Center will celebrate its ninth anniversary in the historic 1927 courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando with a tribute to professional and college sports in Central Florida and free admission in conjunction with SMITHSONIAN magazine's "Museum Day."

Following a history-making season for the Orlando Magic, the History Center welcomes Central Florida sports teams to its anniversary celebration, including the Tampa Bay Rays street team, Orlando Titans mascot, and UCF basketball players, as well as representatives from the Florida Punishers, Richard Petty Driving Experience, and the Orlando Sports and Social Club.

September 26 is also "Museum Day," presented by SMITHSONIAN magazine, when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to SMITHSONIAN magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. Celebrating culture, learning, and knowledge, Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.-based facilities. Visitors can download a Museum Day admission card at smithsonianmag.com.

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. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibits and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd., downtown Orlando, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A self-guided Audio Tour of the museum's permanent exhibits is available free of charge with admission into the museum. 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 Orange County 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.