Town hall meeting on Pulse memorial set for Sept. 13

by

comment
PHOTO BY MONIVETTE CORDEIRO
  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
More than a year after the massacre, Orlando leaders are now starting the public process of discussing what a memorial and museum would look like at the gay nightclub Pulse.

The onePULSE Foundation lead by Pulse owner Barbara Poma will be holding a series of town hall conversation on the memorial honoring the 49 victims killed and countless injured on June 12, 2016, starting with the first town hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The discussion will reportedly focus on "creating a sanctuary of hope" around the site of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Orlando Repertory Theater on 1001 E. Princeton Street. The event is public, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Reserve admission tickets here.



A forum of experts on museum curations and memorials will be moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, who is a journalism ethics chair at the Poynter Institute and a columnist for The Boston Globe. The experts include:

- Hilary Lewis, Ph.D., Chief Curator & Creative Director of the Glass House, and onePULSE Foundation Trustee
- Pamela Schwartz, Chief Curator of the Orange County Regional History Center
- Ed Linenthal, Ph.D., Author and Professor of History & American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington
- Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- Anthony Gardner, Senior Vice President Government & Community Affairs of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
- Jan Ramirez, Executive Vice President of Collections and Chief Curator, National September 11 Memorial & Museum



The event is being sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The organization also plans to post a public survey on its website that same day for input about the future of the Pulse site. onePULSE Foundation says the next forum will be in early 2018.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.