Joe Wittenstein honored


November 24, 2017

Joe Wittenstein, Z"L

Joseph Wittenstein, Z"L, (1914-2008) had a remarkable grasp of the Orlando-area history and an ability to recall details from most of the 20th century that proved invaluable in understanding the city's past. Wittenstein also enriched Central Florida through his wide civic and philanthropic involvement. For these reasons and more, the Orange County Regional History Center is honoring Wittenstein posthumously with the Donald A. Cheny Award on Nov. 30 at the Center.

The Donald A. Cheny Award recognizes the "champions" of the Central Florida community, who embody a love, reverence and unfailing dedication for the area's history. It celebrates its namesake, Judge Donald A. Cheney (1889-1983), founder of the Orange County Historical Society and the History Center.

During the nation's Bicentennial celebration, 1975-1976, Wittenstein researched and wrote a history about Jewish settlers in Orange County that became an essential document in the Historical Society's research collection. It is on display during Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando through Feb. 20, 2018.

The event to honor Wittenstein will be held Nov. 30 at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. RSVP to Amanda Henry, 407-836-7046.


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