On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Orlando Remembered, Inc., met in the Melrose Center  at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando FL. Meeting was called to order at 9:20 a.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Attending were:

Jane Tracy, President

Grace Chewning, Secy./Treas.

Claude Wolfe, Past President

Daniel Assael

Joe Baker

Mac Barnes

Blaine Birchfield

Jim Booth

Shirley Cannon

Richard Forbes

Rodney Kincaid

Mark Line

Hope McCormack

Vic Ratliff

Bill Trippler

Bob Woodbery

1. GUEST SPEAKER: “Our Very Own” Shirley Cannon provided a most interesting and informative presentation about Pine Castle from its “birth” in 1870, covering special historic events in its development and roles of numerous prominent people involved. [NOTE: Check out audios available at https://www.ocls.info/learning-research, then click on Orlando Memory under Community Connections.]

2. MINUTES: The February 20 minutes were approved as written on motion of C. Wolfe, seconded by M. Line and vote carried.

3. TREASURER’S REPORT: $28,538.13

[including $10,000 in Andrew N. Serros Legacy Endowment Fund]

as of 2-28-19.

4. NEW BUSINESS: F WELCOME new Orlando Remembered Warriors: Bill/Beverly Trippler, 4368 Tidewater Dr., Orlando 32812, 407-855-8665, trippler@cfl.rr.com.

5. OLD BUSINESS: Mark Line advised that he will continue dialog with the new owners of the Angebilt Hotel on placement of an exhibit, possibly the one in storage originally installed at 2 S. Orange Ave.

6. ON-GOING ACTIVITIES: (˜) The 13th Annual John Young History Makers Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the History Center, honoring Ford Kiene/Present and Richard “Dick” Fletcher/Past. (˜) Tiffany Rivera reported via email that RICHES completed the digitization of the Sanford Herald newspaper in a collaborative partnership between the Museum of Seminole County History, the Sanford Museum and the University of Central Florida History Department. Dating back to 1908, the digital archive spans nearly 100 years of news from the Celery City. Also, working with two Computer Science faculty members, RICHES is seeking to enhance search-ability in early newspapers and typed documents by applying for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS/GOOD OF THE ORDER: V Healing prayers continue for Texann Buck! J Richard Forbes noted: Fthe OR double display in the City Hall Lobby has been removed temporarily while building renovations are underway; Fthe Lake Eola Heights Garden Tour is March 31st, noon-5 p.m., starting at Broadway Methodist Church; Fcommented on the Landmark process and progress on full restoration at the Grand Avenue School. J Mark Line announced this year’s Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Orlando – with “character” appearances by Orlando Remembered members – is Thursday, April 4, starting 8:30 a.m. at the Downtown Orlando Information Center, 201 S. Orange Ave. and ending at the History Center. J “Happy Anniversary of Charlie Gray’s Natal Day” on March 26th! On another note – Charlie and Saundra Gray will be attending the Memorial Service for John Young on April 30th at Arlington National Cemetery. J John Camichos sent the following schedule from his daughter Lisa relating to her presentations: March 20, Social Studies State Conference, Greensboro, “The Things They Carried: A Refugee Project”; March 29, Oral History Conference, Krakow, Poland, “Saving Volos: Oral Histories Through Letters”; April 23, St. Johns University World History Conference, Queens, New York, “The Things They Carried: A Refugee Project”; May 16-18, Florida Historical Association Annual Meeting, Coco Beach, Florida, “The Orlando Plan”; May 27-30, Innovation in Education Conference, Turku, Finland, “The Things They Carried: A Refugee Project”; June 28-30, The First Annual Greek Symposium, Paros, Greece, “The Orlando Plan – The Story of John Camichos” [Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are expected to attend!].

8. ORLANDOANS REMEMBERED [See http://orlandoremembered.org/members/epoch-obituaries/]: 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: Doris Elaine Schmucker Dosh; Samuel Hill Oswald; Robert J. Opsahl; Virginia Lee McCall; Dolores B. Gentile.

9. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m. Next meeting is Wednesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m., at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.

Grace Ann Chewning, Secretary-Treasurer

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