Laura Wakefield has been attending Osceola County Historical Society events for years. Born and raised in Osceola County, Laura was a history teacher in the county for over 18 years and would bring her students to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to research local history. In June 2018, Laura joined the OCHS team as a grant specialist. Larissa Bixby caught up with Laura to get to know her a bit better.
Anza Bast has been involved with the Osceola County Historical Society for over 10 years, she is a dedicated volunteer and board member who received this year’s Florida Association of Museums Outstanding Volunteer award. Anza is an invaluable resource for OCHS. Her wealth of regional knowledge and her passion for history have made her an incredible asset to the organization. Anza volunteers most of her time in the Curation and Collection Department. Larissa Bixby caught up with Anza at the Research Center at Spence Pavilion one afternoon to chat a bit about her contributions to OCHS.
Program Director, Larissa Bixby, tracked down OCHS’s super busy Venue Rental Sales Director for a quick get to know you. Maggie has been with OCHS for a year as of this month. Congrats, Maggie! She has created the Venue Rental Sales Department from a barely functioning, basement level operation to a flourishing business that highlights the natural beauty and unique spaces OCHS has to offer for your next celebration. When she’s not charging full speed ahead at work, Maggie keeps her energies high on a run, trying new things, traveling, or working out. You can definitely say that Maggie is energetic, but you’ll also be struck by how compassionate and joyful a person she is as well.
This month’s spotlight is all about OCHS Curator and Collections Manager, Kayla Smith. Kayla began working at the Osceola County Historical Society as a volunteer in 2016 before she took the position as Curator on her birthday that same year. She spends her free time with her husband, Paul, and their son. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and teaching her son about the world. Kayla spoke with Program Director, Larissa Bixby; let’s see what she said:
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.
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.
As we face the new, and exciting year, let’s take a moment to look back at all that OCHS has accomplished in 2017. The year opened with the winding down of theBuster Kentontemporary exhibit and the introduction of Step in Time: Marching Bands of Osceola County. The exhibit opening featured a fascinating talk from retired band instructor, Larry O’Grady, and a scintillating performance from a portion of the Osceola High School drum core. OCHS was off to a great start!
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This month, Executive Director, Donnita Dampier is celebrating 11 years with the Osceola County Historical Society. Dampier has made it her mission to preserve Osceola County history and to educate the county’s residents and visitors about the area’s cultural and natural gifts. She works closely with city and county officials, and is often found championing the cause of history.