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Sarah Bingham Norris

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Born on November 18, 1849 in Yorkshire, England to Joseph and Mary Bingham, Sarah immigrated to Illinois with her family in 1861.  With the nation unsettled due to the outbreak of war, they found farm life hard and moved to Iowa.  Sarah struggled to obtain an education and along with doing missionary work and some nursing, she eventually taught school.

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Topics: Women, Osceola County History, Veteran, St. Cloud, Florida, Women's History Month

African-American Wedding Traditions

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Feb 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  Since February is celebrated as Black history month, we thought we would look at wedding traditions that originate in Africa.

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Topics: Black History Month, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, Wedding Traditions

Lawrence Silas

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM

 Lawrence was born in Kenansville, Florida on November 8, 1891, to former Georgia slave Tom Silas and his wife Elizabeth, the sixth of thirteen children.  Because it was a rural area, Tom built a school and hired a teacher so his children could receive an education. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Black History Month, Osceola County Historical Society

Coursing History

Posted by Kayla Smith on Feb 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Amendment 13 was approved by Florida voters in the 2018 election. This amendment calls for the end of greyhound racing in Florida by 2020. With the majority of operating tracks in the US located in Florida, the amendment will deal a serious blow to the sport. Greyhound racing has a unique history and has been a part of Florida for quite some time. 

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Topics: Osceola County, Greyhound Dogs, Florida

Minnie L. "Mama" Greggs

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The only child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Williams, Minnie was born in Ocala on March 6, 1890.  Following the death of her father during a circus high wire act, Minnie moved to Kissimmee with her mother in 1903.  Minnie stopped attending school upon arriving in Kissimmee when a doctor said if she were “confined to school, she would go blind” due to an unknown condition she’d had since birth.  Along with taking care of the house, Minnie assisted her mother with the laundry of turpentine camp workers, using a scrub board and boiling water in a pot.

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Topics: Black History Month, Dine with the Departed, Osceola County Historical Society

OCHS Venue Recap

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Jan 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the weather cooling down in the last quarter of 2018, ten private events were hosted between the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum and the Pavilion and grounds of Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The weather proved to be perfect for the many events hosted in the Pavilion at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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Topics: Osceola History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Venue Rentals, Big John's Rockin' BBQ, Outside Venues, Baby Shower

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Larissa Bixby, Program Director

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jan 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM

This month’s Employee Spotlight is shining on Program Director, Larissa Bixby.

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Topics: Field Trips and Group Trips, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Employee Spotlight, Program Director

What Next - How to Start Planning Your Big Day!

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Jan 3, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  We thought it was time to switch gears and look into planning the wedding itself.

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Topics: 100 years ago in Osceola County, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Pavilion at Pioneer Village, Wedding Traditions, Engagement

Osceola Natives

Posted by Kayla Smith on Jan 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM

In the mid-1700s, large groups of Native Americans, primarily from Georgia, began to come into Florida, which was still owned by Spain. Many were displaced from war and were looking for a safe home. They would band together to form a new tribe, known as the Seminole Indian tribe. The Seminoles, meaning “separatists” or “runaways”, gained their name as a result of their decision to leave their other tribes and migrate to Florida. The early Seminole tribe had two main groups: one in the Southern part of the state and the other inhabiting the area near Lake Okeechobee. The tribe would remain in Florida, and continue to grow, including the addition of former slaves into their tribe. As the Seminoles grew in number, they would end up fighting the United States government in the Seminole Wars in an effort to maintain their livelihood and lands in Florida.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Seminole Settlement, Osceola Natives, Temporary Exhibit, Seminole Indians

What Kind of History Will You Make in 2019?

Posted by Krystal Baize on Jan 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the start of the New Year many of you may have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I know I do! Some of the most popular New Year Resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, stop a bad habit, reduce stress, and travel more.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Volunteering, Benifts of being a Volunteer, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County, Donations

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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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