Second Fridays - The museum is open on the second Friday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the Art in the Alley event.  

Enter a time machine and visit Mount Dora in the 1900s at the Mount Dora History Museum on Friday, January 11, from 6:00-8:00 pm while enjoying “Art in the Alley.”  Charlotte Jardine will portray a Mount Dora resident who experienced the local history and culture.  Charlotte most recently performed at the Ice House Theater in Mary Poppins.  She is well-known at all of the Lake County community theaters.  


The Mount Dora Archives went live on December 21, 2018 at  It currently contains 4 collections of photos belonging to the Mount Dora Historical Society and the manuscript, Royaliew – Florida 1882 by Anna Gertrude Rossiter Stowe.   Over time, it will contain all of the photos in the Historical Society archives, books for which the Historical Society owns the copyright, and photos gathered from the Mount Dora community. 

Community members may become involved by allowing the Historical Society to scan their personal photos for use by the Society.  Many personal and family photos document people, places, or events that are significant to Mount Dora’s history.  The originals will be returned to the owner. 

                The launch party for the Mount Dora Archives is Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 pm in the community room of the W.T. Bland library, 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora.  The public is invited to view the website and learn more about the future plans for the archives.   The Mount Dora Archives is a collaboration of the Mount Dora Historical Society, the City of Mount Dora, and the Mount Dora Library Association. 


Over 400 people enjoyed the screenings of the new documentary, “On the Shores of Lake Dora,”  in March.  The film follows several key developments in the history of Mount Dora’s waterfront with insights from local citizens Shirley Grantham, Jefferson Ray III, and Brandon Wald.  The documentarian is Matt Hyland, a graduate of Mount Dora High School and a University of Central Florida film student.  DVDs of the documentary are on sale for $20 at the history museum.