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Make our front porch your first stop!

Posted by Liz Stemm on May 8, 2015 4:03:09 PM

                Whether you are a long-term Florida resident or just a tourist passing through, make our front porch your first stop of any trip to Kissimmee.

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Meet Liz Stemm: OCHS Curator

Posted by Liz Stemm on Feb 27, 2015 2:52:22 PM

Liz Stemm joined the staff of the Osceola County Historical Society in June 2012 as the organization’s first official curator.  Although she was not raised in Osceola County, she was born and raised in Arcadia, FL – where her family’s “cracker” heritage was celebrated. Liz’s grandmother, Arlyn Whidden Christ, shared stories of her childhood in old Florida, and instilled Liz with a sense of pride and love of Florida history.

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COMING SOON: Shingle Creek Regional Trail

Posted by Liz Stemm on Jan 15, 2015 10:33:12 AM

Shingle Creek Regional Trail Ground Breaking

                At the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Shingle Creek Regional Trail, elected officials and key members of the project team each grabbed their own ceremonial golden shovel and marked the official beginning of the first phase of the construction project on January 9, 2015.

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History is Happening with the Osceola High School Kowboys

Posted by Liz Stemm on Dec 11, 2014 8:15:43 PM

 The Osceola High School Kowboys’ varsity football team is bound for the 7A State Championship game on December 12th with hopes of making history for their school and Kowboys everywhere!

This is the eighth consecutive year the Kowboys have made it to the playoffs (a school record!), but it’s the first time they have made it to the championship game since 2007. In 2012 and 2013, the Kowboys were eliminated from the playoffs during the state semifinal round, including a 31-30 loss against Niceville last year.

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History on the move in Osceola County!

Posted by Liz Stemm on Sep 23, 2014 5:27:00 PM

We’ve shared a lot this summer about our beloved Pioneer Village. It’s a laundry list of history and information that has flooded the blog about the various historic structures from how they came to be (including the history of the pioneer families that once inhabited them) to so much more. If you missed out on any of it, here’s a little of what we have to offer:

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Topics: Around Osceola, Historic Buildings, The Pioneer Village

Artifact Spotlight: The Graystone Hotel Tea Set

Posted by Liz Stemm on Sep 4, 2014 5:07:00 PM

As the repository for Osceola County history, the Osceola County Historical Society receives a number of great historical treasures every year through the generous donations of our local community. While we are selective on what items are accepted into the permanent collections, gems from local history are added each year to help preserve and share Osceola County history with the public.

One time, an unexpected package was waiting on our doorstep and as we opened the package, we realized that one of those historical gems was hiding within the contents of the box. There, buried in layers of bubble wrap, was an original silver tea set from the Graystone Hotel of Kissimmee.

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Topics: Osceola History, Artifact Spotlight

The History of the Tyson House

Posted by Liz Stemm on Aug 8, 2014 5:00:00 PM


Another structure to make its move to the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek recently was the ol’ Tyson (Tison) House. The Tyson House allows the Osceola County Historical Society to tell the story of an average farming family of Osceola County in the late 1800’s and we thought you might like to take a step back in time today and learn a little bit about them.

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Topics: Osceola History, Historic Buildings, The Pioneer Village

Seminole Tribe Builds Chickee Structure at the New Pioneer Village

Posted by Liz Stemm on Jul 14, 2014 5:30:00 PM


The heritage of the Seminole tribe of Florida began long before the first pioneers moved into central Florida. In fact, Osceola County itself is named after the famous Seminole warrior, Osceola.  After the Seminole wars of the 1800s, the U.S. government abandoned efforts to relocate remaining Seminoles, and the Seminoles moved farther south through Florida, traveling through central Florida. In their settlements, they built Chickee structures and lived off the Florida land. As time progressed, they began hunting deer, otters, alligators, and other wildlife to supply the hide market and growing millinery trade for wealthy buyers in the North. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Historic Buildings, The Pioneer Village

The Silver Spurs Rodeo: An Osceola County Tradition

Posted by Liz Stemm on Jun 7, 2014 10:03:00 AM


The Silver Spurs Rodeo, billed as the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, has been around since 1944 and is a long standing tradition for the local residents of Osceola County. The original rodeo, started by the Silver Spurs Riding Club, was a small rodeo that focused on horseback riding but grew into much more by the 1950s. In 1949 the club purchased the land on Highway 192 and built the original arena that consisted of a stadium, stands, and a concession area. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola

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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