The Historic Icons Project

The years 1960-1985 were a time of drastic change in the Orlando Area. The arrival of Disney, the opening of the University of Central Florida, and the beginnings of the Space Program, these are but a few of the iconic moments during this period. The goal of the Historical Icons of Orlando project is to document this period from the point of view of those who lived in Orlando.

This is a crowd sourced project so we invite you to share your memories about the iconic people, places, events, and objects of this period.

We will begin accepting nominations on May 6, 2014. The nomination period will run through July 31st.

In September the  nominations will be posted.

Through September, you will be able to vote for the top icons.

Voting Ends October 3rd

In November the Top 100 List will be revealed. 

It is your history you decide.

What is an icon?

A person, place, event, or object regarded as a representative historic symbol of life in the
Orlando Metropolitan Area from 1960-1985

Criteria for submission

The icon must be a person, place, event or object associated with the Orlando Metropolitan Area from 1960-1985


The objects should be readily recognizable to those who lived in the Orlando Area from 1960-1985.


The Places should symbolize living in Orlando from 1960-1985.


An event can be local or global but should have significance in the Orlando area between 1960 and 1985.
Personal memories are welcome but should be put into context within the greater Orlando area


People who left an indelible mark on Orlando.
Who were locals who defined this Era?


 This is a Project of The Orange County Regional History Center and Orlando Remembered

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About the Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibits and presents nationally limited-run exhibitions. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Association of Museums. We honor the Past, Explore the Present to Shape the Future. We do this through preserving our local history, acting as a repository for the community's artifacts, archives and collections, and through providing a place for non-partisan dialogue on our community and history, through educational programs and exhibits, which reinforce that we all are part of history.


The Orange County Regional History Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission during major exhibitions is $15; seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $13; and children ages 5-12 $12. Historical Society Members and children ages 4 and under are free. Parking is available at the adjacent Orlando Public Library garage on Central Blvd. For general information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit


About Orlando Remembered

Orlando Remembered Committee of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc.
When the San Juan Hotel at the NWC of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard was slated for demolition, many citizens felt that the past was slipping away - by wrecking ball and bulldozer - and soon would be forgotten. The displays are intended to showcase artistic renderings of the time depicted, with artifacts and historical memorabilia from the location in an effort to preserve the memory of Orlando's history while acknowledging the potential of the City's future.