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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 […]

Gators and Wildcats and Snakes, Oh My!


Augustus Milton Nicholson was in his 20s when he arrived in Orlando around 1885. At the time, the city already had doctors, blacksmiths, teachers, hoteliers, and even an undertaker. But, there was one profession Orlando was still missing: a taxidermist. According to Eve Bacon’s Orlando: A Centennial History, Nicholson was the first taxidermist in Orlando. His shop, located somewhere along […]

O Christmas Star, O Christmas Star


In December of 1955, the stores set aside their rivalry and joined forces in the name of holiday spirit to brighten the street.


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