Orange County Regional History Center opens Pulse exhibit

By : Kathy Ruiz
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ORLANDO | In honor and remembrance of the Pulse victims, The Orange County Regional History Center is presenting a special, limited-time exhibit titled “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.” The exhibit opened at the start of Pride Month June 2 and will run through Oct. 14, the weekend of Come Out With Pride.

“Another Year Passes” includes more than 200 images and items collected at Pulse memorial sites throughout Orlando as well as community artwork and international messages and tributes. The exhibit will also feature the iconic 49 statue tribute crosses created to honor those who died through June 16.

“The tragedy of Pulse and the heartbreaking loss of 49 lives is a permanent part of history – it’s a story that will always be told. Through the One Orlando Collection, we have the chance to tell the other side of the story – how our community reacted with unity, resilience and strength in caring for our shattered brothers and sisters within the LGBTQ, Latinx and Hispanic communities, as well as the loved ones of those who were lost,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs in a statement.

The History Center’s work related to Pulse, including the commemoratory exhibit, is part of the One Orlando Collection Initiative. The Orange County Regional History center serves as the guardian and entrusted caretaker of more than 5,000 memorial and tribute items which were meticulously collected and preserved by curators at the One Orlando Collection Initiative, a partnership of Orange County Government and numerous community partners.

“Our History Center staff works hard to help remember times of both joy and sorrow in Central Florida’s past,” said Michael Perkins, Orange County Regional History Center manager. “From capturing the texture of everyday life to commemorating singular events – including the tragedy at Pulse, we strive to honor and preserve history. In our special limited run exhibition, ‘Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre,’ we remember the life and legacy of the Pulse victims, and invite the public to join us in paying tribute to those who were lost.”

“Another Year Passes” is available to see at the Orange County Regional History Center Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Admission to the History Center is waived the week of June 12, providing the public with an opportunity to visit the exhibit and History Center at no charge. The History Center also maintains an online digital gallery of photos and memorial items paying tribute to the victims and survivors at OneOrlandoCollection.com.

For more information about “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre,” visit TheHistoryCenter.org/Exhibition/Another-Year-Passes.

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