The exhibit that will be on display at the History Museum is titled, Spanish Pathways, where viewers will trace the Spanish in Florida and will investigate the earliest cattle industry, the Naváez expedition, De Soto’s epic march, Catholic mission sites, St. Augustine, Ft. Mose, Count Gálvez and the American Revolution, the Second Spanish Era, Paulina Pedrosa and Las Patriotas,the cigar industry, and finally, the dramatic impact of the 1959 Cuban revolution on south Florida. The timeline dates from 1492 through 1992, five hundred years of hispanic history.
Steve Noll, the guest speaker, is a Master Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Florida. His work focuses on Florida history, environmental history and the history of disability. His latest book, co-authored with Dr. Dave Tegeder, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal & the Struggle for Florida’s Future, won various awards for Florida history. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being named by the Princeton Review as one of the 300 best professors in America. He also works closely with the Florida Humanities Council, giving public lectures and teacher workshops throughout the state.
We are anticipating huge success with this event, blending our love for history with the colorful hispanic heritage that has become an integral part of Osceola County’s story. We are delighted to host this event and to partner with Desfile Puertorriqueno de la Florida, Centro Cultural Puertorriqueno, Wild Florida, Teathron, KUA, Toho, United Arts and Experience Kissimmee.
Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 through October 15, has become a yearly tradition in Osceola County. This year, the Osceola County Historical Society decided to get in on the action and host the first ever Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit Reception at the Welcome Center and History Museum on September 20th. The event will take place from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and will include food, drinks, a performance of The Origin of my Race by Teathrón and a special guest speaker: Steve Noll with a presentation of The Spanish Legacy of Florida.