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Oral Histories of Orlando

Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd, March, 2010 (Video)

Orange County Mayor Richard T. Crotty, Cctober 19, 2009 (Video)

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City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, December, 2011 (Video)


Long time citrus professional and central Florida resident Fred Houk, October 20, 2009 (Audio)


Angela Jacobe, long time employee of the Orange County Library System, October 29, 2009 (Audio)

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs (Video)


Ted Maines, OCLS Board of Trustees member, December 2, 2009 (Video)


Janet Nixon, director of the Russell Home, November 16, 2009 (Audio)


Charlie and Eva Oakes, stationed from 1957-1958 at Orlando Air Base, September 2009 (Audio)

Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell, October 15, 2009 (Video)

Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, October 13, 2009 (Video)


Shirley Nettles Truex, tour guide at Fort Christmas, Florida, December 16, 2009 (Audio)


Earl K. Wood, WWII Veteran and Orange County Tax Collector. (Video)

Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck, long time employees of the OCLS, October 21, 2009 (Audio)


Sheriff Jerry L. Demings, Orlando native and first African American Sheriff of Orange County. (Video)

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Janet Nixon and Friends

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charlie and eva oakes

Charlie and Eva Oakes were stationed at Orlando Air Base 1957-1958.

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings

WWII Veteran Earl K. Wood

Photo of Earl K. Wood, "Woody" as he was known in the 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division where he served as Technical...

Interview with Fred Houk

10-20-09 interview with long time citrus professional and Central Florida resident Fred Houk. Mr. Houk spent his years on the road documenting Florida historical markers that eventually won him honors in 1987 from the Florida Cabinet. Mr. Houk participated in getting the official spelling of Lake Jesup corrected to use only one "s" (after General Thomas Sidney Jesup). Retired now, Mr. Houk has amassed the largest matchbook collection in the state of Florida.




10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 4 (Pre-Disney Attractions)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 5 (Movie Theaters)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 6 (Music Venues and Clubs)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 7 (Eddie Graham Sports Stadium)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 8 (Changing Face of Orlando and Racial Integration)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 9 (UCF and Local Radio-TV)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 10 (Ronnie's Restaurant)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 11 (Local Music)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 12 (Downtown Orlando)



10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 13 (Working at the Library)



10-29-09 Angela Jacobe Interview

10-21-09 interview with Angela Jacobe, long time employee of the Orange County Library System. Angela discusses coming to the United States from the Philippines, working at a newly opened Disney World, and how library services have changed over the years.




11-16-09 Janet Nixon Interview

11-16-09 interview with Janet Nixon, director of the Russell Home and daughter of the home's founder Vantrease Russell.

The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you would find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to "see if it would work out." Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.

The physical home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room. The nursery, done up in bright colors with many posters and stuffed animals, is cheerful for the children. However, if your are ever fortunate enough to visit, bring plenty of tissue as you will find before the end of your visit you will not have a dry eye. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.




12-16-09 Shirley Nettles Truex Interview

Interview with Shirley Nettles Truex at Fort Christmas, Florida on 12-16-09.




9-23-09 Charlie and Eva Oakes Interview

Charlie and Eva Oakes, stationed at Orlando Air Base, 1957-1958, interviewed September 2009.




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