Black History Month in Orlando – Jonestown

February is Black History Month, a commemorative tradition the U.S. began recognizing in 1976. That’s when President Gerald Ford officially designated the month as an opportunity for the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” While we’re supportive of Black […]

/ February 1, 2021

History of the Orlando Christmas Star

The Kazanzas Star History Know what this world needs? More Christmas decorations and feel-good stories. And we’ve got one for you, courtesy of Orlando Sentinel reporter and local historian Joy Dickinson, who shared some of the Kazanzas Star history with us. We have two people to thank for that 13-foot golden star hanging above Orange Avenue […]

/ December 1, 2020

Neighborhood Spotlight on Parramore

Parramore is one of Orlando’s oldest, historically black neighborhoods. It’s got history, good food, community and culture. Parramore is also home to our biggest sporting venues, both Amway Arena and Orlando City Soccer Stadium and will soon house the new Creative Village and the UCF Downtown and Valencia campuses. To say it’s changing rapidly is […]

/ May 7, 2019

Get to know the history of the SoDo neighborhood in Orlando

Passengers waiting to board train at Orlando depot. State Archives of Florida One thing the SoDo district in Orlando is not short on is history. Reader David B. submitted a question to Pulptown, asking us to share more about the history behind important landmarks in SoDo that have been around for hundreds of years. We’re […]

/ January 14, 2019