The Way We Were: How they rolled 100 years ago

How they rolled 100 years ago

In the early 20th century, a new sport was introduced to Downtown Orlando. On April 9, 1912, the Orlando Evening Star declared, “Nothing can be more health-giving than this amusement, for every muscle in the body comes into play. The body learns to bend and sway to the swing of the arms, and the eye is tutored into the quick […]

Day Trippin’: Solomon’s Castle

Solomon’s Castle

If you could imagine a castle anywhere in Florida, where would it be? Palm Beach County? Miami Beach? How about Ona — a small community in Hardee County about two-and-a-half hours southwest of Orlando. Still not sure where that is? This is one place you may have to find using an atlas or the map app on your smartphone. The […]

The way we were: Through the camera lens of Edgar Bradley Mitchell

Through the camera lens of Edgar Bradley Mitchell

Since the very first photograph was taken in 1826, the practice of photography as we know it has developed rapidly. That first image, known as “View from the Window at Le Gras,” required several days of exposure time! Now, nearly 200 years later, most of us carry cameras in our pockets, allowing us to capture any moment instantly. But, before […]

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 […]

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