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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 26, 2008) - The Orange County Regional History Center announces line-up of smart, surprising, fun offerings during the summer and fall of 2008:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Noon - 1 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Tour Central Florida
Go on vacation without packing your bags - join us in celebrating a lasting tourist favorite. Mark McHugh of Gatorland will share stories of what makes Gatorland unique, and why it still draws crowds today. Free. Lunch can be pre-ordered for a small charge, or you can bring your own. Call (407) 836-8580 to R.S.V.P.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Artists & Authors Series
Ian Stewart, author of Ambushed: A War Reporter's Life on the Line
Presented by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Join us for an intimate dinner with Ian Stewart, former AP bureau chief, West Africa. While covering a rebel assault on Sierra Leone's capital in 1999, Stewart was ambushed, shot in the head, and left for dead in the African heat. Ambushed: A War Reporter's Life on the Line recounts Ian's personal struggle toward a miraculous recovery and sheds light on the unimaginable violence and tragedies that occur during times of war. 6:30 p.m. $45 Members; $60 non-members. Call (407) 836-8580 for reservations.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Grand Opening - In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
The History Center celebrates the opening of In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits with an evening featuring international food and music, and a special guest speaker from the Embassy of Afghanistan. Members free, $20 non-members. Call (407) 836-8500 for information.

November 21, 2008 - January 18, 2009
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
For more than 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography-In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits brings together a rare collection of more than 50 iconic portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home. From fascinating archival images of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, to riveting modern pictures of refugees, city dwellers, and urban laborers, In Focus takes visitors around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotions. Call (407) 836-8500 for information.

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 exhibitions 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 open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $9*, seniors (60+) are $7, and children ages 5-12 are $6. Historical Society Members, Orange County employees, and children 4 and under are free. *Special admission prices may apply for limited-run exhibitions. Visitors receive two hours of free parking at the Orlando Public Library garage with paid admission. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and are included in the price of general admission. For general information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit www.thehistorycenter.org.

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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.