Planning for Tallahassee’s Bicentennial
The Tallahassee Historical Society has created a special Bicentennial Committee to organize and promote events, educational resources, and activities to commemorate Tallahassee’s Bicentennial in 2024. Our goal is to offer engaging, historically accurate, and culturally diverse reflections of the capital city’s founding during a pivotal time in Florida history.
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Bicentennial Committee Members
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Dr. James M. Denham
Dr. Andrew Frank
Bob Holladay, Interim Chair
E. Lynn McLarty
He retired from private practice of pediatric dentistry in 2019.
His wife Miriam is a retired FSU College of Nursing professor and they have three daughters, Emily, Rebecca, and Margaret.
They have been family members of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1979. Lynn serves as Chairperson for Trinity’s bicentennial in September 2024.
Torrio Osborne is the Vice Chairman of the John G Riley Museum Foundation and serves as a steward of the John G. Riley Museum Archive at Tallahassee Community College. As a liaison to faculty, students and community, he provides opportunities for access to the wonderful local historical collections of primary and secondary resources in the Archive.
In addition to his role as steward of the TCC Riley Museum Archive, he has been professionally engaged in areas of business development, finance, real estate development and economic development for more than twenty-five years; in doing so, bridging the common needs of public and private sector projects with an emphasis on sourcing, relationship management and new venture development.
Locally, serves as Vice-Chairman of The John G. Riley Museum Foundation Board, and has served on the Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Advisory Panel Study (ULI/TAP) of the Orange Avenue Corridor focused on South City, Tallahassee Florida; Leadership Tallahassee, Class XXXIII; additionally, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition Board as Secretary as well as an annual volunteer for the United Way of the Big Bend’s CHSP Humans Services Grant program; and, serves as a new member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
He studied Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois with a focus on Organizational Design and Change Management.
He is passionate about discussing historical preservation, architecture, African-American history and turn of the century southern history.
Torrio currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife and two sons.