The Osceola County Historical Society held it’s 2016/2017 Annual Meeting last night, September 21, 2017, in the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. Guests were able to stroll through the museum before and after the presentation to soak in all of the information of this state-of-the-art immersive nature and history museum including the current Tin Can Tourism Temporary Exhibit which is on display through October 15.
Fellow history enthusiasts mingled amongst themselves enjoying refreshments, delicious BBQ from Big John’s Rockin BBQ and desserts.
As the crowd took their sits, Donnita Dampier, Executive Director of the Osceola County Historical Society addressed everyone with a welcoming opening statement. Donnita introduced President, Stacy McCland who gave her presidential address, encouraged guests to become Osceola County Historical Society members and introduced the guest speaker of the night, Chris Gent.
Chris Gent, Vice President of Corporate Communications for KUA gave educational presentation that enlightened the audience on the history of KUA.
A few fun facts of his presentation included:
- 1883 - Citizens of Allendale vote to incorporate after two elections; took the name Kissimmee City.
- 1891 - mayor J.C. Leak and city council appointed an electris light committee to look at the replacing smoky kerosene lamps.
- 2001 - KUA celebrates 100th anniversary; opens Cnae Island Unit 3.
Lisa Liu, Osceola County Historical Society Narcoosee Chapter President, went over highlights from the year. Their fundraising events resulted in an additional $11.8K in funds raised for the historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse restoration project. In June of 2016, the Chapter was awarded 2017 Small Matching Grant for $7,500 from the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources for the interior restoration of the schoolhouse. One year later, in June 2017, the interior of the schoolhouse was complete.
Excited to update everyone with the progress the Osceola County Historical Society made this year, Donnita Dampier introduced the staff, and gave an insightful presentation of “A Year in Review”. Topics ranged from the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek Expansion Project to Temporary Exhibits held at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum to general information on visitation of both locations. Donnita spoke about the Educational Programming, including Traveling Trunks, Living History Field Trips, and Art in the Archives.
Volunteers were recognized and praised for their ongoing support and time to the organization and awards were given to Board of Directors who went above and beyond their duties.
All in all, the Osceola County Historical Society’s 2016/2017 Annual Meeting was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to join us and look forward to another extremely successful year in 2018!
If you were unable to attend, here is the Osceola County Historical Society 2016/2017 Annual Report. If you would like a printed copy of the report please stop by the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum.