History

Disney Downtown: Walt visits Orlando


On Nov. 15, 1965, a press conference held in the Egyptian Room at the Cherry Plaza Hotel officially confirmed what many had already suspected: Walt Disney Productions was expanding its wildly popular company to Central Florida, purchasing thousands of acres in both Orange and Osceola Counties. Joined by Governor Haydon Burns and company co-founder Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney himself […]

The Way We Were: More than 50 years of artistry


For over half a century, the City of Orlando Pottery Studio has been a bright space where creative hands have turned clay into extraordinary things. One of the finest pottery studios in Central Florida, they provide a safe atmosphere where individuals of any age may explore, invent, learn and create pottery at their own pace. In 1963, Ann Robinson and […]

The Works Progress Administration comes to Orlando


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) stands as one of the United States government’s most ambitious and far-reaching programs. This policy, enacted during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency from May 6, 1935, until June 30, 1943, aimed to combat the widespread economic crisis of the Great Depression. It cost $5 billion ($186 billion today), employed 8.5 million workers and completed more than one […]


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