Citrus and its growers have impacted Lake County for multiple generations. The Mount Dora Historical Society is featuring local citrus growers in its Sunday, April 28 program at 3:00 pm at the W.T. Bland library, 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. The Society’s annual meeting will follow the panel’s presentation. For more information, call 352-383-0006 or visit www.mountdorahistoricalsociety.org.
The Mount Dora Archives went live on December 21, 2018 at www.mountdoraarchives.com. 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 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.