The Orange County Regional History Center received a Golden Brick Award from the Downtown Orlando Partnership for its 2012 Trick or Treat Safe Zone, a free five-hour event for families with children ages 12 and under that drew 4,000 last October.
The awards are given each year to projects that affect the Downtown Development District and contribute significantly to its quality of life, making it a better place to work, shop, and live. Trick or Treat Safe Zone, a winner in the Special Events/Entertainment category, draws from all areas of Orlando, especially from nearby underserved neighborhoods, and includes three floors of trick-or-treating, crafts, games, scavenger hunt and a pumpkin patch. The annual event began in 2008 and has grown from an attendance of 750 that year.
The award also recognized project partners Orlando Federal Credit Union, Florida Dairy Farmers, Downtown Development Board, Action Shots Photography, Costco Wholesale, Publix Super Markets, Walmart, Target and KPI/Kissimmee Paranormal.
The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibits and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Heritage Square and the Orange County Regional History Center are located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. For more information, go to http://www.thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-7010.