Awards & Fundraising

The Historical Society of Central Florida supports the Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibitions and programming through various fundraising events each year.

Courthouse Cup Four-Person Golf Scramble

Friday, September 27, 2019

Join the Historical Society of Central Florida on Friday, September 27, for a Four-Person Golf Scramble of historic proportions and the Third Annual Courthouse Cup.

Location: Dubsdread Golf Course

• Registration & Continental Breakfast 7 – 8:30 a.m.
• Shotgun Start 8:30 a.m.
• Buffet Lunch and Awards after play concludes
(Each player will also receive two drink tickets.)

The Scramble for the Courthouse Cup is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Historical Society of Central Florida, which supports the Orange County Regional History Center’s mission and programs through an agreement with the Board of County Commissioners. Funds raised through the group’s membership programs, admissions, special events, and other activities help support the cost of exhibits, education programs, and Historical Society personnel.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Golf Scramble, click here. To register, click here. For more information please contact Heidi Jordan at 407-836-8559 or

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John Young History Maker Award

Since 2005, the Historical Society of Central Florida has recognized the outstanding achievements of select community members by bestowing the John Young History Maker Award upon a Central Floridian whose lifetime of achievement has made a historic impact on the community.

The John Young History Maker Award was named after our hometown hero, Captain John Young, who was the ninth person to walk on the moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.

Proceeds from the event go toward supporting Orange County Regional History Center’s education programs, exhibits, and efforts to preserve local history.

This year’s John Young Award Ceremony, honoring Ford Kiene as the History Maker Present and Richard “Dick” Fletcher as History Maker Past, was held on April 23, 2019.

Applications for the John Young History Maker Future scholarship can be downloaded here.

Previous John Young History Maker Honorees

  • Captain John Young, 2005
  • Colonel Joe Kittinger, 2006
  • Toni Jennings, 2007
  • Charles Gray, 2008
  • Charles Millican, 2010
  • John Hillenmeyer, 2011
  • Ann Sonntag, 2012
  • Rita Bornstein, 2013
  • Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., 2014
  • Dr. John Hitt, 2015
  • Pat Williams, 2017
  • E. Ann McGee, 2018
  • Ford Kiene, 2019

Donald A. Cheney Award

The Donald A. Cheney Award was established by the Historical Society of Central Florida to recognize and pay tribute to individuals in the Central Florida community who embody unfailing dedication to the area’s history.

The award is named for Judge Donald A. Cheney, a devoted student and promoter of local history, as well as the founder of the Orange County Historical Society and the Orange County Historical Museum, the forerunners of the current Historical Society and History Center.

Previous Recipients

  • Jean Yothers (1992)
  • Orville R. Davis (1993)
  • Andrew Serros (1994)
  • Dann Pottinger (2002)
  • Grace Chewning (2003)
  • Russell V. Hughes (2005)
  • Robert G. “Bob” Neel (2006)
  • Jerry Chicone Jr. (2007)
  • Andrew Serros (2009)
  • Betty Pfeiffer (2010)
  • William Milligan (2011)
  • Robert N. Serros, M.D. (2012)
  • Joy Wallace Dickinson (2013)
  • Sara Van Arsdel (2014)
  • The Rev. Canon Nelson W. Pinder (2015)
  • Don Price (2016)
  • Joseph Wittenstein (2017)
  • James W. “Chief” Wilson (2018)