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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

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

2017, A Year in Review

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jan 2, 2018 5:00:00 PM

 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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Topics: About OCHS

Employee Spotlight - Donnita Dampier: Executive Director

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Nov 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 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.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society, Employee Spotlight, Executive Director

Twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Oct 5, 2017 10:20:56 AM

As the quarter moon rises over Downtown Kissimmee on Friday October 27th, the Osceola County Historical Society will whisk you away on a spirited lantern-lit ghost tour. As your host guides you through the twilit streets, you will hear spine-tingling tales of some of Kissimmee’s dearly and infamously departed residents. Look and listen carefully, because you never know where you might encounter a spook or two. This 45-minute, kid-friendly adventure will be the perfect ‘trick’ to your Boo! On Broadway treats. This event is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Sign up now, before this terror-ific offer passes away.

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Topics: Around Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society, Boo! on Broadway

The Perfect Back to School Field Trip

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 This week Osceola County School District will welcome its students back to the hallowed halls of classrooms all across the County. As students gear up for another year of learning, the Osceola County Historical Society is preparing the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum for field trips and independent student visits. OCHS offers many learning opportunities for students of all ages, from Living History at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to guided tours of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum complete with private art lessons inspired by the current temporary exhibit.

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Topics: Field Trips and Group Trips, Back to School

Kissimmee is Me Ambassador Program

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jul 21, 2017 2:01:32 PM

The Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Experience Kissimmee and X Factor Institute offers an amazing program to local hospitality businesses called the Kissimmee is Me Ambassador.  This free program gives area businesses an opportunity to make lasting connections with each other, as well as a chance to learn some tried and true customer service techniques.

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Topics: Around Osceola County, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, Kissimmee is Me Program, hospitality

A Brief History of the Silver Spurs Rodeo

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jul 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Silver Spurs Riding Club was formed in 1941. They quickly became popular in the region and across the state of Florida. The Spurs were known for their exceptional skill and riding tricks, especially the Quadrille, a square dance performed on horseback.

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Topics: History, Silver Spurs Rodeo

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Jozef Bladek

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jun 28, 2017 1:47:46 PM

Jozef Bladek has been greeting locals and visitors at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum since December 2016. In addition to his role as museum attendant, Jozef conducts tours of the History Museum, participants in outreach programs, assists with the smooth operations of exhibit openings and recently, he has added Pioneer Village field tripattendant to his repertoire.

 Jozef respects and appreciates Florida’s history, and enjoys talking to guests about their historical knowledge.

 JB: When I first started working, an older gentleman came in. We talked for about an hour just on citrus. As a young adult, he had been a truck driver that picked up citrus through out Kissimmee. He said U.S. 192 was all citrus groves lining the road, before Disney, of course. Now you look around and all you see is people and not a single bit of citrus. Another thing I thought was interesting was meeting some of the Cadman Family descendants.

 Larissa Bixby asked Jozef a series of questions, in the hopes of getting to know the young man who works the front desk at the museum. This is what she found out:

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Topics: Cadman Family, Field Trips and Group Trips, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Osceola County Historical Society, OCHS Employee Spotlight

Story Time at the Museum

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Apr 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every third Thursday of the month the Osceola County Historical Society hosts an interactive reading event. Gather around the fireplace at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum to listen to a carefully chosen children’s book, whose theme compliments our current temporary exhibit. After storytelling by the fireplace, we move into the Buster Kenton Room to let our creative side run loose as we craft a themed art project. While our event is targeted towards children ages 3 to 6, we welcome kids of all ages to join in the fun of Story Time at the Museum.

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Topics: History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Story Time at the Museum, History Month

About this Blog

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. 

Remember, here you can find information on:

  • Osceola County History
  • Pioneer Families
  • Events at the Welcome Center and History Museum
  • Much, much more!

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