Events
The University Club Oral History Interview with Leon Hunter Handley
Leon Hunter Handley, I was born in Lakeland and after 30 months in the service and seven academic years at the University of Florida, I came to Orlando and I've been here ever since. Leon Hunter Handley holding a photo taken of him getting off the ... Read more
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Donald Hickman: Director of the Pershing Missile Project Oral History Interview
The trade that President Reagan made was he'd take Pershing II's out of Europe if they would decommission all the SS-20's. And that happened. So that was a big deal. I never realized at the time, I don't think, how important Pershing II was to the nation. ... Read more
People
Donald Hickman: Oral History Interview with the Director of the Pershing Missile Project
The trade that President Reagan made was he'd take Pershing II's out of Europe if they would decommission all the SS-20's.  And that happened. So that was a big deal. I never realized at the time, I don't think, how important Pershing II was to the n ... Read more
People
Leon H. Handley: Icon of a Southern Gentleman
Oral history interview with Mr. Leon H. Handley at his law office in downtown Orlando, December 11, 2012. Part I  LISTEN  (14:49) Growing up in Lakeland. My father joined the company that was called the Mulberry Explosives Supply Company fo ... Read more
Places
Remembering the Blessings with Joseph S. Guernsey
One of the strengths in our area it seems to me is the churches. There are so many fine churches in Orlando and generally speaking Orlando's a city of Christian faith. When I was young we rarely had any crime and one of the reasons we did not have crime I ... Read more
People
Earl K. Wood: 1916-2012
Photo of Earl K. Wood,  "Woody" as he was known in the 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division where he served as Technical Sergeant during World War II. Play Video interview.  ... Read more
People
Memorial Day Remembrances: WWII Pilot Joseph S. Guernsey Recalls the Fine Orlando Men Who Gave Their Lives in WWII
Bob and Harold Johnson, Bill Terhune, Pep Ingram, T. K. Johnson, Jr. are some of the fine Orlando men who gave their lives for their country in WWII as remembered by WWII pilot Joseph S. Guernsey in  this audio  excerpt  from an oral histor ... Read more
People
After the War
When Michael Monell and his wife came to Orlando in 1955, they bought their first house out in the country, what is today known as Fashion Square Mall area. Mike recalls asking his wife, "Don't you think it is too far from Orlando? Look how far we'd be fr ... Read more
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WWII Veteran Earl K. Wood
Earl K. Wood was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division, replacement forces in the Battle of the Bulge. He put in for the Army Air Force and made it. "Woody" served 5 years as a Technical Sergeant during WWII. He was in Stuggart, Germany when the war end ... Read more
Events
Thanking God for the Blessings of Our Nation
LISTEN as Orlando attorney Tom Wilkes gives thanks for the blessings of our country in this excerpt from an oral history interview on March 26th, 2011 at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. "I dearly love the freedom we have in this country. The fa ... Read more
People
Hamburgers in Hog's Heaven
Reflections on how amazing it is to live in the United States from Dublin born Father John McCormick, Rector of Saint James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando. In this excerpt from an oral history interview at Panera Bread on Eola Dr., July 12th, 2011 ... Read more
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Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Sisters of Notre Dame nun.
Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Sisters of Notre Dame nun, remembers how her parents had a "living love for this country," the United States of America, which they passed on to her and her siblings. In this excerpt from an oral history interview  a ... Read more