Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Learn how the History Center is preserving Pulse tributes at an informative talk Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM

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Every day, dozens of people visit the gay nightclub Pulse to leave flowers, teddy bears, rainbow flags and candles. If you think about it, that’s hundreds of tributes in the 10 months that have passed since the mass shooting at Pulse that killed 49 people. Not to mention the white crosses, banners, angel statues, art pieces and pinwheels that were brought to Orlando during the vigils after June 12. In the haze of those weeks as a community coped, some people would have let the items rot in the sun. But not the Orange County Regional History Center. Workers collected, preserved, catalogued and stored thousands of mementos left at vigils and tribute sites in the aftermath of Pulse for the One Orlando Collection Initiative. The things people left serve as a reminder that victims and survivors of Pulse were loved, and in the decades to come, will remind the world how Orlando responded on its most tragic day. Learn about the heroic efforts of the History Center staff from chief curator Pamela Schwartz and collections manager Whitney Broadaway at this afternoon presentation.

2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 | Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. | 407-835-7323 | | free

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