Orlando’s earliest library


National Library Week happens in April and you might be interested to learn that the current iconic Orange County Library at the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard was not the first public library in our city. The journey for publically available knowledge for Orlandoans began in the late 19th century. This treasure, begun by the Sorosis Club as […]

Scraping it together: antique cooking and Central Florida


Let’s all just take a moment to be thankful for our modern-day supermarkets. Gone are the days of coot liver pilau, donax/coquina broth, and gopher tortoise stew. (Don’t even try that last one; the gopher tortoise is now an endangered species.) Pioneer food seems to me a thing that we today might poke and ask dubiously, “What is it?” But […]

The way we were: Dr. King in Orlando

Dr. King in Orlando

On March 6, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his one and only trip to Orlando to meet with community leaders and give a speech at Tinker Field. With the help of Jim Perry’s handwritten account of the Civil Rights movement in Orlando, it is possible to piece together a narrative surrounding Dr. King’s visit. Jim Perry was the […]

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