West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

Spirit of America

The Spirit of America is the latest display in the lobby of the West Oaks Library & Genealogy Center. The display, provided by the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation,  features patriotic and military memorabilia, including World War II ration books, posters, and vintage letters and photographs.  Come in to see these inspirational and patriotic artifacts.

Pictured here is Malba Hudson, a U.S. Navy veteran, citrus grower, and councilman. He was born in Ocoee in 1901 to Washie Minor and Thomas David Hudson and died in 1983.

 

Malba Hudson

 

June Genealogy Events

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June 6th @ 6:30 PM: Do It Yourself DNA Research Open Forum

June 7th @ 11:00 AM: Genetic Genealogy in Practice Weekly Study Group 1

June 9th @ 11:00 AM: Celebrate Your Heritage: African American Family History Festival

June 13th @ 5:00 PM: HeritageQuest Online Level 1

June 13th @ 6:30 PM: NGSQ Study Group: Missouri: Genetic and Documentary Evidence

June 16th @ 1:00 PM: Heritage Scrapbooking

June 20th @ 5:00 PM: Ancestry Library Edition Level 1

June 20th @ 6:30 PM: Finding Your Roots Online: A Genealogy Course Focusing on Online Records

June 21st @ 11:00 AM: Genetic Genealogy in Practice Weekly Study Group 1

June 27th @ 6:30 PM: Finding Your Roots Online: A Genealogy Course Focusing on Online Records

June 28th @ 11:00 AM: Genetic Genealogy in Practice Weekly Study Group 1

June 30th @ 11:00 AM: Genetic Genealogy in Practice Study Group 2

 

America’s Early First Ladies

Beautiful and wealthy, young Julia Gardiner was known as the “Rose of Long Island.” She became President John Tyler’s second wife, making the widower the first U.S. President to wed while in office. President Tyler had children with his first wife Letitia who were older than his new bride. The Tyler’s secret engagement, their thirty year age difference, and their lavish style of entertaining made them the subject of endless public fascination.

Want to find out more about America’s early First Ladies? Check out the latest display in the lobby of the West Oaks Library and Genealogy Center. The items on display are provided by the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation. julia_50