On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Orlando Remembered, Inc., met at the Orange County Regional 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:
Claude Wolfe, President
Vic Ratliff, Vice President
Grace Chewning, Secretary/Treas.
1. MINUTES – The October 19 minutes were approved as written on motion of L. Handley, seconded by V. Ratliff and vote carried.
2. TREASURER’S REPORT: $26,862.54 as of 10-31.
3. PRESENTATION: Following an informative historical timeline, Ron Jaffe ran a video produced in 1960 by Col Harold S. and Elizabeth Wurtele for the Orlando Chamber of Commerce entitled, Orlando: The City With a New Look, promoting our City as an active area encouraging families and businesses to locate in “The City Beautiful.” The film highlighted a number of local sites from that era, including malls, parks, recreational facilities, churches, schools, citrus operations and Martin-Marietta. Ron also previewed the orlandoremembered.org website and its various links.
4. EXHIBITS/DISPLAY PANELS: Mark Line related that the Task Force [with Tana Porter/content; Ron Jaffe/technical; Anita Lam/graphics] has started developing plans for installing the panels per previously approved design concept with QR codes and website info, noting installation of the first one is proposed at 1 N. Orange Ave., per agreement with Hank Katzen, building owner at 1 N. Orange Ave., who has pledged $1,000 therefor.
ON-GOING ACTIVITIES: () Mark Line advised that the “What’s Up Downtown” Historic Walking Tour will be March 2, 2017, starting 9:30 a.m. at the Downtown Orlando Information Center, 201 S. Orange Ave.; and Manager Rose Garlick has invited OR members to again join in the fun by appearing in “character” at various stops along the route. ()Tiffany Rivera reported that the UCF RICHES program is now being sought after to host History Harvests, a collaborative, community based digital project and learning initiative that aims to involve the public in preserving its own history. With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, RICHES conducted harvests in Sanford, the City of Oviedo and Parramore; now working with the GLBT History Museum to host a harvest focusing on Preserving Orlando’s GLBT Community History in a Digital Age. Spring RICHES events include a harvest in Cocoa, oral histories with the Orlando Gay Chorus and oral history training workshops. She extended an invitation to the History Department Internship & Project Showcase on Monday, December 5, 10:30 a.m., to hear about the work UCF History students are doing in the community. () Whitney Broadaway noted numerous undertakings by the History Center, specifically an exhibit scheduled for February – “Plastic Unwrapped.” () Shirley Cannon gave an update about on-going activities of the Pine Castle Woman’s Club, the Pine Castle Historical Society and Heritage Board, such as commitment by Harriett Lake on publication of a book about the SkyLake development. () Heather Bonds announced that the 2017 Historic Preservation Calendars are available!
5. 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: Charter Member Joseph Shedd Guernsey; Hon. Patricia Anne “Pat” Johnson Schwartz; Daniel Martin Lamos, Sr.
6. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m. Next OR gathering is December 11, 2016, 1 p.m., at the Dann Home, an “Orlando Historical Landmark,” 3206 Greens Ave.
Grace Ann Chewning, Secretary-Treasurer
Orlando Remembered, Inc., Loves “The City Beautiful!”