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The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. Announces First Historic Event Proclamation Recipient: Lucky’s Lake Swim

Orlando, Florida, April 23, 2015 – In this year of 2015, the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc.  will make history by awarding the organization’s first historic event proclamation to Lucky’s Lake Swim.

On May 9, 2015 at 7:45 a.m., the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. will recognize Lucky’s Lake Swim with a historic event proclamation, designating it as a significant occurrence in Central Florida history.

Lucky’s Lake Swim has been a staple event for not only Central Floridians, but for many Americans across the country and international visitors spanning over 25 years. Today the event is hailed as one of “Americas Top 100 Open Lake Swims” by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

The genesis of Lucky’s Lake Swim is attributed to a small group of local swimmers at Lake Cane who would meet behind the home of Dr. John Meisenheimer, over two decades ago. During this time in his life, Dr. John Meisenheimer was the coach of the Orlando Masters Swimming Club, and was known by all in the swimming community as “Lucky”.  He would open his backyard, screened porch, and dock to hundreds of swimmers each week for the lake swim.

What started out as a communal event and gathering place for avid swimmers and friends, quickly became an instant namesake and a local swimmers’ paradise. Through the years, Lucky’s Lake Swim has drawn international tourists to his home, Lake Cane and overall Central Florida. Swimmers have accredited Lucky’s Lake Swim to their setting and breaking of world swim records. The popularity of the event has crafted into a philanthropic effort that fundraises for several charitable regional causes, and helps to raise awareness about the environmental issues with lakes in our area.

For all of these reasons and more, Lucky’s Lake Swim will be proclaimed a historic event of Central Florida on May 9, 2015 by the Historical Society’s Board President, Mark Line in the presence of hundreds of swimmers and various local luminaries such as U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, and Central Florida native, Rowdy Gaines. The proclamation will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the site of Lucky’s Lake Swim on Lake Cane just before the start of the morning swim. The lake swim is free and swimming the lake is not required for all attendees – many family members and friends attend and wait on shore while their friend or family completes the crossing of the lake.

Join us on May 9, 2015 to honor Lucky’s Lake Swim as a historic event in our community. For more information about this Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc.’s Historic Proclamation, please contact Kimberlee Riley, Assistant Director at

Media Quotes About The Event

Rowdy Gaines, Central Florida native, three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, and Historical Society of Central Florida supporter: “There is no other swim like it in the world, it is cool, unique, and fun.  It should be on every swimmers bucket list”

Dr. John “Lucky” Meisenheimer: “It’s more than a swim it’s a community where, religion, ethnicity, race, culture, age, or, socioeconomic status doesn’t matter, entrance only requires the love of open water swimming.”

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About the Historical Society of Central Florida

The vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. is housed in the Orange County Regional History Center, a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibits and presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Association of Museums. We honor the Past, Explore the Present to Shape the Future. We do this through preserving our local history, acting as a repository for the community’s artifacts, archives and collections, and through providing a place for non-partisan dialog on our community and history, through education programs and exhibits, which reinforce that we all are part of history.

Join us seven days a week as we celebrate Central Florida’s amazing history! The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc.’s collection can be viewed Monday to Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5p.m. at the Orange County Regional History Center,  located in the heart of downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Boulevard. General admission is $12, seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $10; and children (ages 5-12) $9. Historical Society Members and children ages 4 and under are free. For more information about us, or call 407-836-8500.



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