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This article tells the story of how a relatively new history museum, the Orange County (Florida) Regional History Center, succeeded in hosting two tremendously popular exhibitions.

Their tale provides a lesson on the importance of community involvement within the exhibition and planning process.

Their two exhibits included a unique collection of Civil War artifacts, while their permanent collections highlight a much wider array of Central Florida’s past, including cattle and citrus industries, Seminole Indians, early tourism, its African American community, and Walt Disney World’s impact on the region.

The development of a new strategic plan led to the creation of the Civil War: America Divided exhibit which gave the museum its highest attendance numbers since its conception.