Most hear the phrase "marching band" and automatically associate it with high schools. However, the roots of marching bands are actually in military bands. Even today, high school marching bands bear a strong resemblance to the military bands of the past with their brightly colored uniforms and the plumes in their hats. Another contributing factor to high school bands is local town bands. Towns often had bands with musicians of varying ages. When the popularity of such bands began to dwindle, many of the younger participants could consider joining a school band.
With the addition of a replica train depot to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, we reflect back on the important role the rail system played in Osceola County since that first train rolled into Kissimmee one hundred, thirty four years ago.
Field Trips are a great way for students to experience their lessons with immersive encounters of the subject of study. Living History field trips sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Duke Energy are an excellent example of these encounters. Students are transported to the 1880s-1890s at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, where docents, dressed in period costume, guide students through Osceola County’s past.
TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Friday; isn't that the saying that normally comes to mind at the end of your work or school week? You may find yourself wondering, "How should I start my weekend off right?" I have just the answer for you. Kissimmee Utility Authority and the City of Kissimmee have partnered together to host Movie in the Park, a free event at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park that you don't want to miss!
“The name “Al-Marah” means “the oasis,” a pretty, green, bountiful place. Mother’s farm started in Tucson, Arizona,” Mark tells me, mentioning that the farm was named by Carl Raswan, who visited the irrigated farm in the middle of the desert and claimed “This is a real Al-Marah.”
It’s immediately clear that Mark’s mother, Ruth “Bazy” Tankersley, shared her passion for preserving the integrity of the herd of Arabian horses with her son. When I ask Mark what sparked his mother’s interest in breeding Arabian horses, Mark’s eyes light up, as he begins a fantastic tale of the trail ride that started it all. “Mother liked wide open spaces,” he tells me, so it wasn’t out-of-the-ordinary when she took off on a 50-mile trail ride on her thoroughbred, with a guide who was riding a pony.
Established in 1884, Narcoossee became a colony comprised of English immigrants. They began to meet for worship services regularly by 1887, sometimes gathering in homes; when weather was pleasant, they would meet outdoors. Soon, consideration was given to building an Episcopal church in Narcoossee and fundraising efforts began. Some funds for the completion of the church in 1897 did come from England, but the majority of money was raised locally.
Rumors circulated over the years claiming that the wood & furnishings were sent over from England. Records show the lumber for the construction of the church and the roof shakes (shingles) came from the Fell-Davidson sawmill in Narcoossee, the bell (from a factory in Ohio) was previously used at the Runnymede Hotel and the Gothic style church was designed by an Orlando architect.
Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing Now Snowing while attending the Kissimmee Is Me Ambassador Program sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and X Factor Institute. I left the event feeling like a kid again and in the Christmas spirit. I immediately thought to myself this is something that I need to share with everyone and decided I had to bring my family back the next week to partake in the festivities.
When one thinks of Florida the orange is certainly one of the first things to cross your mind. They make a great snack, a delicious beverage, and for 16 Art in the Archives participants they are a colorful addition to their art collection. The evening began in the Buster Kenton room with nibbles and libations to get the creative juices flowing.
The life of the Florida cowboy is not an easy one. If he isn’t battling the heat, the hurricanes, or the mosquitos; then he probably has to contend with wild animals, swamps, and the monumental task of managing a herd of cattle. Florida cowboys are tough and hard-working because nothing comes easy on the ranch. Despite it being so arduous, many view the cowboy’s life as inspirational and something to be celebrated. One such man was E.L. “Buster” Kenton.
The Cadmans were host to many celebrations and social events throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. According to the Cadman Scrapbook, the family organized and presented many events throughout the year, including horse races, tennis tournaments, fund raisers and even hosted the Episcopal Bishop’s luncheon on his first visit to Narcoossee. While each event was extensively covered by the region’s newspapers, it is the Christmas celebration of 1889 that has captured our imaginations here at the Osceola County Historical Society.