Osceola County Historical Society Blog

General Alfred Iverson Jr.

Posted by Krystal Baize on Apr 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

General Alfred Iverson came to Kissimmee about 1881, and lived here until he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910, where he subsequently died on March 31, 1911.

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Topics: History, Oscoela County Historical Society, General Alfred Inverson Jr.

Employee Spotlight: Rachel McIntee

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Apr 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Rachel McIntee joined the Osceola County Historical Society four years ago as an employee. Prior to becoming Marketing and Development Director, McIntee actually sat on the organization’s Board of Directors. When she’s not engaged in selling out the Osceola County Historical Society’s annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed, or studying for her master’s degree, McIntee enjoys spending time with her family.

Rachel answered a series of questions asked by Program Director, Larissa Bixby. Let’s get to know her a little better.

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Topics: Employee Spotlight, Marketing, Oscoela County Historical Society

Historical Wedding Traditions - The Veil

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Mar 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

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Topics: History, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Wedding Traditions, Oscoela County Historical Society

Dine with the Departed 2018 Recap

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As dusk fell over Kissimmee’s Historic Rose Hill Cemetery, guests of Osceola County Historical Society’s 9th annual Dine with the Departed sponsored by Gatorland fundraiser began to arrive. Music filled the air as guests perused over 40 silent auction items before taking their seats. Dinner, succulent barbequed chicken and pulled pork accompanied by baked beans and green beans, was catered by Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ.  When dinner service came to a close, the live auction began and was facilitated by OCHS board member, Ricky Booth.  After the live auction closed, the winners of the silent auctions were announced.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Dine with the Departed, Rose Hill Cemetery

Woman's History Month featuring Minnie Moore Wilson

Posted by Kayla Smith on Mar 22, 2018 8:40:55 AM

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Osceola County Historical Society opened a new temporary exhibit, Fashion Rewind. This exhibit showcases women’s clothing from OCHS’s textile collection featuring styles from the early 1900s to the 1940s.

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Topics: Oscoela County Historical Society, Fashion Rewind Temporary Exhibit, Fashion

Women's Right to Vote

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Our Women Have the Vote” read the headlines of the September 26, 1918 “St. Cloud Tribune”.  But as quickly as they gained it, they lost it.

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Topics: Around Osceola County

Historical Wedding Traditions –Tossing the Bouquet

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Mar 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church which is now available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

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Topics: History, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Venue Rentals, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Wedding Traditions

William Burroughs Makinson

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Born in Hartford County, Maryland on February 23, 1864, William Burroughs Makinson was one of Osceola County’s early pioneers honored in 2011 by the Osceola County Historical Society at their annual Dine with the Departed event.  He spent the early years of his life on a farm near Baltimore with his three siblings and parents William T. and Mary L. Makinson.  In 1883, W.B. traveled by boat to Jacksonville, then by train to Sanford, Florida, finally arriving in Kissimmee on the first train to make the run from Sanford. 

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Topics: History, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson, Osceola County Historical Society, Silver Spurs Rodeo

Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show: 100 Years Ago

Posted by Krystal Baize on Feb 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Held annually each February, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair we are familiar with originated in the 1940s with the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Market being used as its venue.  Interrupted briefly by World War II, the fair and show returned, was incorporated and became an association which continues the tradition of an annual fair and livestock show.

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Topics: History, 100 years ago in Osceola County, Around Osceola County, Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show

It’s All in the Details

Posted by Kayla Smith on Feb 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems to go out of style, is the attention to detail. Adding specific elements to a garment can give it an extra flair, or make a relatively bland piece look extraordinary.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Free Admission, Osceola County Historical Society, Fashion Rewind Opening Reception, Fashion Rewind Temporary Exhibit, Fashion

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The Osceola County Historical Society is focused on preserving Osceola County’s rich, cultural history while sharing it with others. This blog is perfect for just that. 

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