On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Orlando Remembered, a Committee of the Historical Society of Central Florida, met in the 3rd floor Grand Jury Room at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando FL. Meeting was called to order at 9 a.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Attending were:
Robert Serros, Chairman
Shirley Cannon, Vice Chairman
Sue Winkler, Treasurer
Mark Line, Past Chairman
Grace Chewning, Secretary
Peggy Jo van den Berg
1. MINUTES – The January 21 minutes were approved as written on motion of C. Wolfe, seconded by L. Handley and vote carried.
2. TREASURER’S REPORT – S. Winkler related balances through 1/31 of $17,097.54 in the OR Money Market account and $9,498 in the Andrew N. Serros Legacy Endowment Fund [CD].
3. PROJECT PRIORITIES
A] 1 S. Orange Ave./Yowell-Drew-Ivey – No current activity.
B] 390 N. Orange Ave./Bank of America – A. Lam discussed options, including a free-standing display, estimated at $2,000-$2,500. T. Buck commented on acquiring items relating to the Harry P. Leu business that was within the area. Following discussion on A. Lam’s verbal presentation, it was moved by G. Chewning, seconded by C. Wolfe and vote carried that the concept be endorsed with final approval pending review of a formal proposal.
C] Autrey Arcade/Jefferson Court block – Pursuant to last month’s minutes, W. Broadaway researched Collection’s inventory for items relative thereto. M. Perkins noted that text is needed for proposed audio-visual monitor display. A. Lam, T. Buck and W. Broadaway will collaborate for subsequent report.
4. OLD BUSINESS: [a] Strategic Initiatives: ► Member Education: Visit existing displays. ► Exhibits and website: On-going considerations. ► “We Love Orlando” Party: No report. ► Orlando Remembered Legacy: The top “100 Historical Icons of Orlando/1960-1985,” led by Jason Zangari, concludes with a grand unveiling of the Top 25 at the History Center. [b] Edited draft of “Historic Downtown Orlando Walking Tour” brochure, incorporating OR displays, is under review. [c] Considerations about a Media wall at the History Center are status quo. [d] Referring to last month’s item on the 1-20 Inspection Report of various OR Displays, W. Broadaway advised that she is starting with the SunTrust exhibit, noting that additional items are needed for the Howard Middle School display. R. Forbes advised that LED lighting has been placed in the City Hall displays.
5. NEW BUSINESS: Rose Garlick, Downtown Orlando Information Center Manager/Business Coordinator, reported on myriad [AND exciting!] activities planned, especially “What’s Up Downtown,” a 45 minute Historic Walking Tour around Downtown Orlando on Thursday, April 2, 8:30 a.m., starting at the Center, 201 S. Orange Ave. She invited members to join in the fun by appearing in “character” at various stops along the Tour. Already scheduled as guest speakers are Historical Center Mgr. Michael Perkins and Orlando Historic Preservation Officer Richard Forbes. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.246.3789. Also, be sure to check out www.orlandodowntown.com!
6. ON-GOING ACTIVITIES: () Historical Society President Mark Line announced that Michael Perkins has been selected as the new Director! He encouraged seeing the “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” quilt exhibit running through May 3. () Via email from T. Rivera: “The RICHES Mosaic Interface is steadily growing. There are nearly 3,000 items in the database. It is our hope that our Orlando Remembered Warriors have visited the site to view the organization’s digital exhibits. We are still processing the exhibit content from last semester and are certain you will be excited to see them online.” [https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/exhibits]. () E. O’Dell provided an update on activities of the “Orange Preservation Trust” and the “Saving Tinker Field” effort. To become a member of this group [focusing on education/advocacy in behalf of historic properties while serving as a resource for preservation-minded citizens to learn how they can preserve and revitalize historic properties in Orange County], join on-line at http://orangepreservationtrust.org.
7. ANNOUNCEMENTS/GOOD OF THE ORDER: ☑ Arcadia Publishing is delivering TODAY copies of the book written and compiled by our very own Tana Mosier Porter for the College Park Neighborhood Association, “Images of America – College Park!” For an autographed copy by the Author, book signings will be at the College Park Community Center on Feb. 23, March 2 & 8, 7 p.m. ☑ Get your reservations in for the 2015 “John Young History Makers” event on April 23 honoring Dr. John C. Hitt [present], UCF President, and Burt Roper [past], Florida citrus pioneer/inventor/philanthropist. ☑ S. Cannon offered updates about various on-going activities of the Pine Castle Woman’s Club and Pine Castle Historical Society, including relocation of the Crawford House, the new PC Fire Dept. (1948-1981) exhibit, and book planned on the Sky Lake community sponsored by Harriet Lake.
8. ORLANDOANS REMEMBERED – People whose lives were so important to so many, who helped make Orlando a great City and whose passing represents a significant loss to our community: William Charles “Charlie” Shuffield, Esq.; Joe L. Schrimsher; Dr. Oluf E. Olsen; “Col” Corbin Marquand Sarchet III [past OR Chairman]; Clinton Harold “Sonny” Bouton; James E. Collison; Dr. William “Bill” Morton Douglas, Earle W. Mitchell, Jr., Cora Lee Hyde O’Dell.
9. ADJOURNMENT – There being no further business, meeting was adjourned – at 10:45 a.m. Next gathering is March 18, 2015, 9 a.m., at the History Center.
Grace Ann Chewning, Secretary
Orlando Remembered Loves “The City Beautiful!”