Central Florida Monuments Collection

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Central Florida Monuments Collection

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Monuments Collection


Orlando (Fla.)
Kissimmee (Fla.)
Sanford (Fla.)
Winter Springs (Fla.)


Central Florida is a unique place. Diversity exists throughout the spectrum of population, neighborhoods, tourism, and attractions. Because of our uniqueness and seemingly never-ending list of things to do, we tend to overlook the things that make us unique. We tend to overlook our past. We walk through parks, down the street, and around lakes, catch a glimpse of a commemorative plaque or statue, but it stops there. Central Florida is rich of monuments and memorials, yet very rarely do we know why it is there and who put it there.

Our small University of Central Florida Public History class selected a number of memorials and monuments around Central Florida. We found busts, markers, structures, and statues that stand tall. Some of these are obvious, but others are hidden amongst the brush. We had no idea what we would find in regards to these gems; some of us found very little, but others found gold. We found that monuments in places like Kissimmee, Lake Eola, and Sanford offer a glimpse into our past that has been overlooked, and in some cases untouched. Through the history of our monuments and memorials, we have been able to gauge social sentiment, populations, but more importantly, the reasons why our predecessors have commemorated what they have.

Our sampling in no way represents all of the history Central Florida has to offer, but we can offer you a glimpse and hope that you dig further through the history our region has to offer. Come into our exhibit and look through our shared past and see what was important, and what has been forgotten. Come in and see for yourself a familiar statue to which you can finally give meaning. Come in and see Central Florida in a new light— a light that will take you through the years and the changes of our region.


Bowers, Katherine
Borawski, Gianna
Dunn, Robin
Fitzsimons, Daniel
Kittel, Carly
Messamore, Kyle
Schell, Kristal
Schuppe, Cody

Is Part Of

"Hidden in Plain Sight: A Selection of Central Florida Monuments." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/exhibits/show/cflmonuments.






Bataan-Corregidor Memorial, Lakefront Park, Kissimmee, Florida
Battle of the Bulge Memorial, Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Bust of Simón Bolívar, Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Statesmen Memorial, Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Orange County World War I Soldiers Memorial, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Red Chinese Ting, Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Seminole County World War I Memorial, Sanford, Florida
Winter Springs Veterans Memorial, Winter Springs, Florida

Contributing Project

Dr. Anne Lindsay's Public History: Principles and Techniques Undergraduate Class


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Dickinson, Greg, Carole Blair, and Brian L. Ott. Places of Public Memory The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010. 
Bodnar, John E. Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Collection Items

Seminole County World War I Memorial
The Seminole County World War I Memorial is a "broken shaft" of marble erected to honor the 13 young men of Seminole County, Florida, who died serving during World War I. Another three passed away from war-related injuries at later dates. Eleven of…

Mayor Bill Frederick and Dr. Nelson Ying at Construction of Red Chinese Ting
City of Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick and Dr. Nelson Ying placing the top piece of the Red Chinese Ting in Downtown Orlando's Lake Eola Park. Erected in 1988, the red Chinese pagoda-like structure is called a ting due to its single story. It was…

Proclamation of Bataan-Corregidor Day
Proclamation declaring May 20, 1995, Bataan-Corregidor Day in Kissimmee, Florida. The city holiday was established to honor the thousands of Americans and Filipinos who fought for the Allied Powers at the Battle of Bataan and the Battle of Corregidor…

Winter Springs Veterans Memorial
The Winter Springs Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of Tuskawilla Road and Blumberg Boulevard, was constructed by the City of Winter Springs along with the local Rotary Club. The monument is dedicated to all United States military veterans…

Battle of the Bulge Memorial at Lake Eola
The Battle of the Bulge Memorial in Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando, Florida. This six-foot, bronze statue of an American G.I. sits on a bronze-outlined, white star set into a 34-foot diameter concrete base. The statue was sculpted by Chris Scala,…

Bust of Simón Bolívar at Lake Eola
The Bust of Simón Bolívar at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando, Florida, in 2013. This life-sized, 150-pound bronze bust is set on a polished stone plinth and was erected in March 1996. The monument was donated to the City of Orlando by Rafael Antonio…

Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Statesmen Memorial at Lake Eola
The Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Statesmen Memorial was erected in 1911 by the Annie Coleman Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The construction of the monument was spearheaded by Mrs. Abernethy, the President of the…

Bataan-Corregidor Memorial at Lakefront Park
The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial, located on the corner of East Monument Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard in Lakefront Park, is the result of the combined efforts of the Filipino-American community and the City of Kissimmee. It began in the late 1980s…

Orange County World War I Soldiers Memorial
On November 11, 1924, Armistice Day, the Orlando Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) dedicated a granite marker to the soldiers from Orange County, Florida, who died in World War I. The idea was conceived by the then-regent of…

Red Chinese Ting at Lake Eola
Erected in Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park in 1988, the red Chinese pagoda-like structure is called a "ting" due to its single story. It was constructed out of wood, ceramic, brick, and mortar. Dr. Nelson Ying bestowed the ting to the City of…
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