Once a year, the Osceola County Historical Society staff invites the organization's members and Board of Directors to a special meeting to review and share the year's progress. 2013-2014 was an exciting year at the OCHS, and the numbers don't lie! Read more to find out what we've been up to this past year.
- Roughly 13,200 people visited the Osceola County Historical Society's Welcome Center and History Museum, Pioneer Village, and special events. Have you visited?
- The 2014 Historical Society summer camps were the organization’s best ever! The OCHS hosted four history themed week-long summer camps between June and August, and over 110 campers attended. Thanks to a grant from Disney, half of those campers were able to attend for free!
- Notable Osceola County artifacts donated to the historical society in 2014 include an Osceola Centennial Flag, a buckboard wagon, family photographs and documents from the Tyson family, a silver tea set from the Graystone Hotel, and the remainder of the Cadman family’s collection. The organization manages and preserves over 8,500 artifacts!
- The historical society added two new special events this year: a Night at the Museum for Kissimmee Elementary School in May, and a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in September-October.
- The Narcoossee Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society increased its membership by 15% in 2014. The chapter also established a History Club of 26 students at Narcoossee Middle School!
- The Narcoossee Chapter oversees the maintenance of Narcoossee’s circa 1886 schoolhouse and is dedicated to restoring the schoolhouse to its original design. The chapter will remove the modern elements installed in the house (including its drop ceiling and gypsum walls) and hopes to create a small museum where Narcoossee residents and visitors can congregate and learn.
- OCHS volunteers clocked over 3,500 hours in just one year! Their donated time is worth more than $65,000.
- After years of work and partnerships between the OCHS, county and city government, and local private supporters, the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek opened November 8th during the Historical Society’s 23rd Annual Pioneer Day!
- More than half of the historical society’s funding comes from the Osceola County Tourist Development Council. Thank you for your support