Events

The Mount Dora History Museum opened in 1979.  It is located in Mount Dora’s original fire station and jail built in 1923.  Mayor Margaret LoFroos officially opened the museum on July 4.  The ribbon cutting was done with a bolt cutter instead of scissors.  

A celebration of the Museum’s 40th anniversary will be help on Friday, November 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The community is invited to experience the museum and celebrate with the Mount Dora Historical Society.  The Mount Dora History Museum is at 450 Royellou Lane in Mount Dora.  For more information, call 352-383-0006 or visit www.mountdorahistoricalsociety.org

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SHOW AND TELL on November 3 at 4 pm

Do you own a unique artifact from Mount Dora? Have a special memento of life in Mount Dora?  Enjoy stories of growing up in a small town?  Join the Mount Dora Historical Society for a Mount Dora “Show and Tell” on Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 pm at the W.T. Bland library, 1995 Donnelly Street in Mount Dora.

“Show and Tell” objects might include: A corsage from a dance or wedding, a year book or newspaper, a home economic or shop class project from a local school, a movie souvenir, a sports jacket, a protest sign, a treasured photograph or a letter from a local leader or teacher. 

The Historical Society will photograph each person and their object while recording the story attached to the object.  The Historical Society will scan Mount Dora photographs for inclusion in the MountDoraArchives.com.  Photos and jpeg file of the photo are returned to the owner. 

If it is a Mount Dora-related item, it fits with the “Show and Tell.”  Your story and object will prompt another person’s memories and history is made.  For more information, visit www.mountdorahistoricalsociety.org or email president@mountdorahistoricalsociety.org. 

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Bibi LeBlanc, creator of the adult coloring book, Mount Dora, FL: Someplace Special visited the museum on Friday, August 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm while enjoying “Art in the Alley.”  The Mount Dora coloring book is available for purchase at the Mount Dora History Museum.  The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  The Mount Dora History Museum is at 450 Royellou Lane in Mount Dora.  For more information, call 352-383-0006 or visit www.mountdorahistoricalsociety.org. 

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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. 

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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.