The County Historian’s office was established by the Board of Supervisors on December 14, 1961, when Harry H. Smith was appointed as the first person to serve in this capacity. Miss Bush is the sixth Orange County Historian.
Mr. Harry H. Smith, 1961-1969
Mr. Donald F. Clark, 1970-1980
Mr. Mark Carnes, 1980-1981
Mr. Colin A. Faulds, 1982-1987
Mr. Theodore W. Sly, 1987-2011
Miss Cornelia W. Bush, 2011- 2013
The County Historian works with other members of the historical community to preserve and to share Orange County’s rich heritage.
Her programs include informational sessions for municipal historians, historical society representatives, and museum staff, as well as an annual grant opportunity focused on historic preservation of our built heritage and archives management. If your organization is not currently listed here as a Community Organization, or if you wish to share information with our historical community, please let us know.
Public Historians in Orange County
County Historian’s Report for 2011
County Historian’s Report for 2012
Orange County’s 1841 Courthouse Re-opens For Judicial Purposes
Orange County Commemorates 150th Anniversary Of Battle At Gettysburg
Historian of the Year 2013
Historian of the Year 2012
Professor Paul Kane, new Poet Laureate
Former Poet Laureate Rosemarie Werkman
2013 Grants to the Historical Community
Grants to the Historical Community in 2012
Grants announcement 2012
Summer Internship announcement 2012
Orange County Historian honors Village of Florida Historian Gary Randall
Orange County joins with the Sons of Union Veterans to unveil Historical Marker