UCF researchers working on virtual preservation in New York

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.


ORLANDO — It was in 1962 when the Trans World Flight Center opened as the original terminal designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s Kennedy International Airport. There have been changes to the structure over the years — some portions of the complex got demolished, and there are have renovations to other sections.
But its historic significance is not in doubt, and in 1994 the City of New York designated both the interiors and the exteriors of the terminal a historic landmark, while in 2005 the National Park Service listed the TWA Flight Center on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the building’s impressive style that director Steven Spielberg used it in his 2002 movie “Catch Me if You Can.” Continue reading

As summer approaches, a lifesaving issue arises

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.


ROCKLEDGE — Summer.
According to the calendar, it doesn’t officially start until June 21, although in the minds of many Americans, it really kicks off over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
For Central Florida residents, it may seem like the heat of summer is already here, and for many of them, a weekend spent in the pool and at the beach sounds like the ideal way to beat the heat.
It’s important to keep in mind, one county health agency is noting, that as cool and refreshing as the pool waters or the ocean waves may seem, not enough swimmers and families with small children take into account another serious risk: the possibility of drowning.
That’s a key reason why the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, located at 1748 Cedar St. in Rockledge, just issued an announcement that they will devote the month of May to highlighting the often major challenge of the dangers that pools, lakes and oceans pose to swimmers every year. Continue reading

Holocaust Center will reflect on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this fall

The historic materials from the Jim Crow era in the American South have become a part on the exhibit "Hateful Things" that is opening at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center.

The historic materials from the Jim Crow era in the American South have become a part on the exhibit “Hateful Things” that is opening at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center.


MAITLAND – This fall, the focus of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center will be on a special topic very much in the news today: civil rights.
On the heels of an explosive summer in Ferguson, Missouri, where riots and protests followed the death of Michael Brown – an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer – the Holocaust Center in Maitland will host special exhibits and programs that explore the state of civil rights today.
As the center notes, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The Holocaust Center will devote the fall to a Civil Rights Act Commemoration that explores the state of race relations today.
“In recognition of the 50-year anniversary, the Holocaust Center has brought institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida together to examine the impact of the Civil Rights Act, what issues remain to be addressed and how we can continue challenging bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” the Holocaust Center noted in a news release.
Why focus on civil rights issues through a center that preserves the history and documentation of the Holocaust during World War II? Continue reading

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