ORLANDO, Fla. - The City of Orlando is working towards creating a permanent memorial to the victims of the Pulse shooting.
What happened at Pulse Nightclub will go down as the deadliest mass shooting in America's history. The community’s response will also be a part of history.
Michael Perkins is the museum manager at the Orange County History Center. His staff spent the day documenting each memento left behind at the ever-growing memorial outside of the Dr. Phillips Center. His crew is starting the preservation method. “We’re taking pictures of it, where it actually is in the memorial site so we have a record of it,” Perkins said.
Officials from the Orange County History Center are starting to collect non-perishable items. “We box it up in an acid free box with some tissue paper. In this case since these are 3D items, they’ll be taken to some off-site storage facility where it will actually be curiated, which involves further documentation; picture taking in a more formal environment,” said Perkins.
Many of the items are being preserved so they can eventually be displayed at permanent memorials or at what will someday be a permanent display at the Orange County History Center. “Certainly every picture has a story. I’ve worked in the last 2 weeks to understand as much as I can about those live,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
Now Mayor Jacobs and the county are asking that victim’s families, surviving victims, first responders and those deeply impacted by the tragic night share their stories. “I want to open up that opportunity as early as possible for people while it’s fresh on their minds while they’re still totally in touch with their feelings and their memories to give them an opportunity to memorialize those and share them with us,” said Mayor Jacobs.
For more information on how to get your personal Pulse tragedy story shared as part of history, go to www.thehistorycenter.org