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Orlando Retrospective: An Intergenerational Oral History Interview with the Buning Family

Mother and daughter oral history interview with the Bunings who lived in the last family home on Lake Eola. The two generation perspective begins with beloved Monsignor Bishop‘s 25 Year Anniversary at St. James Cathedral where he served as pastor from 1933-1957. Included are highlights of Orlando life such as watching the fountain on Lake Eola being built, walking to Kreskies, viewing parades from the Orlando Public Library entrance on Rosalind, summer reading competitions at the Library, graduating from St. James School, and as Mrs. Buning shares, “The challenge to keep some of the memories of The City Beautiful for future generations”. Hear this firsthand account of Orlando history from Joan Buning, mother of eight, and her daughter, Alice Buning Szunyog, mother of two, in this excerpt (15:02) from an oral history interview on April 21st, 2011.

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Cathy Buning Steiger, St. James Parishoner
Interview with Catherine Bunning Steiger  at the "Sneak Preview" for the restored Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, November 13th, 2010....
Bill Buning, St. James Cathedral
Bill Buning of Orlando receives National Catholic Education Association Award. Article from Jubilee, St. James Cathedral parish newsletter, Februrary 1996, v. 22 #1.
Joan Buning and Father Bill at St. James Cathedral
July 1981 photo of Joan Buning at Fr. Bill's going away party at St. James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando.   
Joan and Bill Buning, St. James Cathedral
July 1981 photo of St. James parishioners Bill and Joan Buning with Fr. Bill in the atrium of the Cathedral Center at Saint James Catho...
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at St. James Cathedral
1980's photo of Joan and Bill Buning celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Community Life Center at St. James Cathedral in downtown...
Mardi Gras at St. James Cathedral
March 1982 photo of Cathy Buning Steiger and her husband Jim Steiger enjoying Mardi Gras festivities in the Community Life Center at St....
Valentine's Day at St. James Cathedral
February 1992 photo of Jim and Cathy (Buning)  Steiger at a Valentine's Day celebration in the Community LIfe Center at St. James Cathe...
Valentine's Day at St. James Cathedral
February 1992 photo of Jim and Cathy Steiger at a Valentine's Day celebration at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
Capt. Tom Buning, St. James Cathedral
Photo of Captain Tom Buning with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, December 1990. Tom Buning graduated from West Point in 1981 and completed a...
Bill Buning, St. James Cathedral
1944 photo of Bill Buning in England during WWII. First Lieutenant Buning served from 1942-1945 primarily in Europe. He was wounded in action at ...
Rick Buning, St. James Cathedral
1968 photo of Sergeant Rick Buning serving in Vietnam, First Marine Division. Rick grew up in the last family home on Lake Eola at the...
Dan Buning, St. James Cathedral
Dan Buning graduated from West Point in 1982. Dan grew up in the last family home on Lake Eola at the corner of Robinson St....
Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Betsy Walders, center, dancing with Frank Sevick at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Betsy Walders served in the Arts...
The Bunings at Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Bill Buning's grandchild in the kitchen at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
St. James Cathedral School
Three generations of Bunings are featured on the cover of St. James Cathedral School, Fall 2007, vol. 2, Issue 1, newsletter. The Buning...
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