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Mary Branham

Mary Branham – In this recording about Mary Branham made by her great nephew, John Abberger, John states that his great aunt “lived her whole life” in a residency on the shores of Lake Lucerne (her parents moved here in 1885 from Tennessee) and frequently gave local history lectures to the Junior League of Orlando’s provisional classes.  Her lectures were based on her own research and anecdotes from her personal life here.

The original recording was made on June 9, 1968 on a reel to reel recorder.  Doris Manuel made a copy of it to cassette for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee in May, 1975.  We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.

Interview Part 1 (21:15)


Interview Part 2 (21:16) – Doctors and hospitals


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Miss Mary Branham

Mary Branham was born and raised here in Orlando. She was a local teacher, historian, lecturer and social leader.

Local history, by Mary Branham - Part 1

Local history, by Mary Branham - Part 2

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Mary Branham: Perennial Miss Orlando

Mary Branham was born here in 1889, graduated from Rollins College with an A. B. degree.  She lived on campus during the week and often came home for the weekends, by train!

Mary Branham was a local teacher, historian, lecturer and social leader.

This article appeared in the June 28, 1959 edition of the Orlando Sentinel-Star.  This and more articles about Mary Branham may be found in the Biography Vertical Files in the Orlando Public Library.

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