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Orange County Historian

About Us

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    
County Historian's Report for 2013  

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    

Heritage Fund Proposal June 11, 2013    

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