Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Painting for the Holidays: Art in the Archives

Posted by Krystal Baize on Dec 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friends and family, look no further! Osceola County Historical Society hosts Art in the Archives: Paint Night, and the next event is right around the corner! Join us on January 10, 2018, for a fun filled and educational evening. Spend time with friends and family as you stroll through the museum during this exclusive after-hours event.  Visit the temporary exhibit, the inspiration for the current painting – Historical Health: Hospitals and Cure-Alls. After the tour, adjourn to the Buster Kenton room for a two-hour art lesson, complementary beverages, and nibbles.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Osceola County Historical Society, Art in the Archives

2017 History Magazine Winter Edition

Posted by Krystal Baize on Dec 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As 2017 comes to an end, the Osceola County Historical Society will share the latest issue of the Osceola County Historical Society’s History Magazine. The History Magazine is a publication that is issued electronically to the Osceola County Historical Society’s website twice a year for your reading pleasure.

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Osceola County Historical Society, 2017 History Magazine Winter Edition

October 2017: Recap of Events

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Nov 30, 2017 9:30:00 AM

We have been thrilled to host a few fantastic events over the past couple months at the many venues available through the Osceola County Historical Society! Here is a short recap of some of the events that took place in October. 

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, 1800s Historic Replica Church

Sweet Potato Cake

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Everyone is familiar with sweet potato pie, but have you ever made a sweet potato cake?  The following recipe was printed in the local newspaper in 1917.

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Topics: Sweet Potato Cake, Thanksgiving, Recipe

Joseph Tripp Burbank

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 14, 2017 9:30:00 PM

In 1915, at the age of seventy-seven, Joseph Tripp Burbank was known as the “Champion Combination Drummer of the World” according to the St. Cloud Tribune.  Born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1836, J.T., as he was later known, was one of nine children born to Jacob and Sophia Burbank.

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Topics: Osceola History, St. Cloud, Veteran

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

Ernest P. "Kayo" Murphy

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 As a boxer in high school, he was always the smallest of the group.  The nickname “Kayo”, little brother of cartoon character Moon Mullins, was bestowed upon him.  He was born in Brooklyn, Texas; on Christmas Eve in 1916, to A.J. and Florence Murphy and had six brothers and two sisters.  The family moved to Kissimmee when Kayo was in second grade.  His childhood was spent attending local schools, enjoying summers at the old swimming hole on Mill Slough and climbing up trees to watch movies in an open air theater on the corner of Monument Avenue and the railroad tracks.  He later graduated from St. Leo Preparatory College where he excelled in sports and was inducted into the St. Leo College Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Ernest P. "Kayo" Murphy, Veteran

General Store, Post Office, Pioneer Day...come experience them all!

Posted by Kayla Smith on Nov 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Osceola County Historical Society will be celebrating what life was like in early Florida by hosting the 26th Annual Pioneer Day. This is always a fun time for the community to come out and enjoy the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek for free, and experience historical re-enactments and examples of daily life for pioneers. What makes this year’s event even more exciting is OCHS has added another replica building, the General Store, and we will be celebrating its grand opening at 10:30AM, November 11th during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day event! 

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Topics: Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, 1800s Replica General Store, 26th Annual Pioneer Day

Step back in time with Joe Kelley, Lt. Col. Cadman, and Sarah

Posted by Krystal Baize on Nov 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In celebration of the 26th Annual Pioneer Day sponsored by Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, happening November 11, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, the Osceola County Historical Society invited Joe Kelley, host of Orlando's Morning News - News 96.5 WDBO to visit the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and interview a couple of our re-enactors while stepping back in time with them to learn why Pioneer Day is such an important event in our county. 

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, 26th Annual Pioneer Day

Shingle Creek Monster: A catfish or more?

Posted by Kayleigh Heister on Oct 26, 2017 10:36:02 AM

 Forty years ago, on November eighth,  people in the Shingle Creek area may have had a real monster on their hands. This story of the Shingle Creek Monster (pictured in this blog) was the headline for the Osceola-Polk section of the Sentinel Star. I followed Frank Carroll's footsteps when writing about this mysterious creature, nicknamed the “Loch Shingle Monster”, which doesn't flow like the Loch Ness Monster.  Many  people that lived in the area brushed off the beliefs that it could have been something other than a very large catfish.  Many made it a personal goal to catch the moster of Shingle Creek, but they all came up empty handed.  

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Topics: History, Around Osceola County, Shingle Creek Monster Catfish

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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. 

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