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Pulse collection going on display at Orange County History Center

More than 5,000 items collected

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A dream catcher, a baseball hat, a wreath and a painting.  They are all items that are part of Orlando’s history.

Thousands of items from the Pulse nightclub mass shooting are preserved at the Orange County History Center as part of the One Orlando Collection.

“This collection is a very dynamic collection. It's not something that we usually collect,” Michael Perkins, manager of the history center, said. “Items that have been lying outside for a while, you pick and choose, so it's presented a variety of challenges to the staff.”

Perkins said the curators at the history center recovered items left outside Orlando Regional Medical Center, Pulse nightclub, Lake Eola and in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts following the tragedy that happened a year ago this coming Monday.

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“In an effort to create this collection there will be more than 5,000 items processed and each of those items will have a special ID tag,” Perkins said.

Visitors to the history center will be able to view a special exhibit of some of the artifacts starting Monday through June 17 in honor of the one-year mark of the terrorist attack and in connection with Orlando United Day.

The collection will also include thousands of digital pictures that are already available online and at the center.

“I think the collection represents the community and the world’s response and the love and support that was shown for the Orlando community,” Perkins said.

Photo courtesy of Orange County Regional History Center
Photo courtesy of Orange County Regional History Center

Once the limited-time exhibit ends, the items will be returned to storage until all of them are processed to complete the One Orlando Collection.

“Our mission is to preserve the area’s history,” Perkins said. “Pulse is unfortunately part of our history now so I would hope that in 100 or 200 years from now these items are all or substantially all still in our collection.”