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Hamilton Disston - Kissimmee | Central Florida Roadtrip

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After the Civil War, Hamilton Disston contracted with the financially wobbly state of Florida to dredge the Kissimmee River and drain its southern lands, for which he would own half of all the land that he successfully drained. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States.

Ideal Launch Location | Moon Memories

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Historians and retired NASA workers explain why the Central Florida Space Coast is an ideal choice for launches.

Kissimmee – AKA “Cow Town” | Central Florida Roadtrip

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In the early 1900’s, the Cowboy culture started to emerge in Kissimmee and the Cattle business became a way of life.

Honoring Our Vets l GI Jews

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Space Coast Honor Flight is part of a network of nonprofit organizations that takes U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials of their respective wars. The trip is organized and carried out at no cost to the veterans.  Arthur Friedman, a Jewish World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was one of 25 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C, on a recent trip with the group based in Brevard County, Florida. Friedman, who grew up in New York City, served in the Pacific during the war.

Being a Woman at NASA | Moon Memories

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As one of the only female technicians for the Apollo 11, Elizabeth Muchow helped test the lunar module, but not without added challenges. Elizabeth Muchow shares how she didn’t have time to think of her gender while working on the lunar module for Apollo 11.

Memories of a Holocaust Survivor l GI Jews

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As a boy growing up in Germany, Harry Lowenstein experienced the rise of Adolf Hitler and the brutal treatment of Jews. In the early 1940s, Lowenstein, along with his father, mother and sister, were sent to Kaiserwald, a concentration camp in present-day Latvia. He worked in the camp’s auto garage fixing automobiles. When he was liberated at age 13 in 1945, Lowenstein weighed 65 pounds. His mother, father, and sister did not survive. Lowenstein lives in Kissimmee, Florida.

We Would've Paid | Moon Memories

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The Space Coast history is especially rich because of the collective memories of the citizens. During the hectic space race days, the engineers were fueled by passion as they worked to accomplish Kennedy’s goal. Retired NASA employees and contractors share how they didn’t work a day in their lives.

Climb to Glory l GI Jews

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A native of Boston, George Rosenfield reported to the U.S. Army Ski Troops, later renamed the 10th Mountain Division, in 1944. After learning to ski at basic training at Camp Hale in Colorado, Rosenfield was sent to Italy in early 1945. As part of the 85th Infantry Regiment, Rosenfield participated in Operation Encore, a series of attacks on the Germans that became known as the “Climb to Glory.” Rosenfield now lives in Melbourne, Florida, and is an active member of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.

Looking at the Moon | Moon Memories

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After countless hours of work, retired NASA employees and contractors still think of the Apollo days when looking at the moon and share their first thought when they look up at the moon.

Love for America l GI Jews

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George Braunstein has witnessed segregation and experienced antisemitism, but it hasn’t changed his love for America. Braunstein joined the U.S. Army at age 19. While on a march in France during World War II, Braunstein watched as a church steeple exploded, sending shrapnel in all directions. A piece of metal struck him, leaving a scar under his chin. It was his first experience in war. Braunstein, who lives in Orlando, Florida, later received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

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