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Antique Funeral Coach

Posted by Kari Whaley on Oct 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The haunted history of Osceola County has creaked into the artifact collection at OCHS. The antique funeral coach, shrouded in mystery, was donated to the Osceola County Historical Society by Osceola Memory Gardens in 2015. Although the origin of the coach is unknown, it is suspected to have been manufactured in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, or Massachusetts circa 1890. However, the only shocking part of this tale is that the horse-drawn funeral hearse has remained in excellent condition, complete with full seat cushions, seat drops, curtains, hitch, and coffin. 

 An official appraisal suggests that the coach may have been manufactured by Cunningham Coach, based in Rochester, New York or George Brownell, who hailed from Bristol County, Massachusetts. Both were award winning manufacturers, known for creating fine carriages of the highest grade. The rise of petrol-driven hearses, circa 1909 in the United States, brought about the decline of horse-drawn hearses. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Artifact Spotlight, Educational, Antique Funeral Coach

Artifact Highlight: Traveling Trunks

Posted by Kari Whaley on Sep 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Traveling trunks were widely used throughout the 19th century, and the Cadman family who settled in Narcoossee provided no exception. The Osceola County Historical Society cares for and preserves a number of trunks owned and used by the family during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as part of the Cadman Collection.

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Topics: History in the Classroom, Artifact Spotlight, Cadman Family, Traveling Trucks

Teacher Spotlight: Kendyl Bass, Harmony High School

Posted by Kari Whaley on May 18, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Kendyl Bass is not only adored by her students at Harmony High School, she is also a talented and strategic teacher of social studies.  She began teaching two and half years ago, with a background in communication and customer service.  In her short time in the classroom, this UCF grad has gained a wealth of experience in teaching World History, Introduction to Social Science, and Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics.  We sat down with Kendyl to find out what tools help her students achieve at the highest level. 

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Topics: OCHS Partners, kendylbass, teacherspotlight

3 Reasons to Paint with Art in the Archives

Posted by Kari Whaley on Feb 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM

1. Spend time with Mom This is the perfect date to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Create a new memory painting together, and indulge Mom in snacks and sips while she creates her own artwork on canvas.

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Riding for a Cause: The Beginnings of the Silver Spurs Rodeo

Posted by Kari Whaley on Jun 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Cecil Whaley, Sr. was a lifelong resident of Osceola County and proud founding member of the Silver Spurs Riding Club.  Cecil, along with other Osceola County residents, came together with a shared love of riding to form the Club in 1941. 

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OCHS Volunteer Scholarships

Posted by Kari Whaley on Apr 14, 2015 2:46:00 PM

Every year, OCHS is fortunate enough to receive community support from young volunteers.  High school students, from across the county, give their time to assist the Osceola County Historical Society's preservation and education programs.  Volunteers assist with educational initiatives at the Welcome Center and Pioneer Village, including Field Trips and Osceola Explorations Summer Camp.  Our volunteeers have also participated in efforts to host Dine with the Departed and Pioneer Day.

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A History of Rose Hill Cemetery

Posted by Kari Whaley on Mar 6, 2015 7:21:00 PM



               As we gear up for the Osceola County Historical Society’s annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed, we couldn’t help but think of the rich history of Rose Hill Cemetery.

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Meet Kari Whaley: Program Director at OCHS

Posted by Kari Whaley on Jan 22, 2015 5:24:03 PM

Kari Whaley has a long history in Osceola County.  A St. Cloud native, Kari grew up on her family’s cattle ranch; recognized as a Florida Century Pioneer Farm by the Florida Department of Agriculture for continuous family ownership and operation for over 100 years. 


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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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