Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Levi Shambow: Union Veteran

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Prior to being one of the early settlers of St. Cloud, Florida, Levi Shambow was also a pioneer in the cities of Aurora, Illinois, Portland and Eugene, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Butte, Montana.

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Topics: Veteran, Osceola County History

Anza Bast Receives FAM Outstanding Volunteer Award

Posted by Kayla Smith on Oct 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Each year, the Florida Association of Museums honors those who help museums fulfill their individual missions. One such honor, the Outstanding Volunteer Award is given to a “volunteer whose service to a museum has made a lasting impact on the fulfillment of the institution’s mission”. Osceola County Historical Society has many wonderful volunteers and, as a result, decided to nominate one of them: Anza Bast.

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Topics: Volunteer, Volunteer Opportunities, Osceola County Historical Society, Board of Directors, Florida Association of Museums

War Veterans Memorial

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

 In the summer of 1968, Joe Carroll, V.F.W. member and then Osceola County Civil Defense Director; headed up a War Memorial Committee.  Fundraising efforts were supported by the V.F.W., American Legion Posts, Daughters of American Veterans, the City of Kissimmee and other local veterans groups.  The site chosen was a thirty-square-foot plot of ground owned by the Makinson-Carson Post 10, American Legion, on the Kissimmee lakefront.
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Topics: War Vertrags Memorial, Osceola County Historical Society, History

OCHS Presented Non-Profit of the Year Award by St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Oct 23, 2018 6:30:00 AM

 Congratulations are in order for the Osceola County Historical Society after being awarded the Non-Profit of the Year Award by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce on September 29, 2018. As a dedicated member of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, we are honored to receive this prestigious award. OCHS’ goal is to collect and preserve the history of Osceola County and it is wonderful to be recognized for the hard work the staff, volunteers, board of directors, and donors put forth.

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Topics: St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Non-Profit of the Year Award, Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Soldier City Chapter

27 Reason to Attend the 27th Annual Pioneer Day Event

Posted by Krystal Baize on Oct 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Celebrate Osceola County's first residents and the pioneering spirit of the late 19th century during the 27th Annual Pioneer Day. Here are some reasons why you won't want to miss this event, 27 reasons to be exact!

 

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Topics: 27th Annual Pioneer Day, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Outdoor Event, Fall Festival, History, Free Admission, Big John's Rockin' BBQ, Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

The Lanier Family: from John to Raymond

Posted by Kayleigh Heister on Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Lanier family, like many others, migrated from another state to the wild frontier of Florida. The patriarch, John Lanier, came from Georgia where he was born in 1805. The exact date when John came to Florida is unknown. However, we do know that it was after his first wife’s passing and preceding his marriage to Margaret Hogan in 1839. It was during his time in Florida that he made a name for himself and his family in the cattle industry.

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Topics: Kissimmee, Oscoela County Historical Society, Osceola County, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, City of Kissimmee, Around Osceola County, Pioneer Village, Osceola County History, Educational, History, Shingle Creek, The Pioneer Village, Pioneer Family, Osceola History, Around Osceola

OCHS Welcomes New Executive Director

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Oct 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Osceola County Historical Society would like to welcome Kimberly Murray as the new Executive Director. Kimberly has a Master of Science Degree in Human Services Management and officially joined the OCHS team on October 1, 2018. 

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society, Kimberly Murray, Executive Director

A Rockin' BBQ Experience

Posted by Audrey Snow-Brine on Oct 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Fair warning—this blog post contains pictures of mouth-watering barbeque food. Be prepared to crave this amazing food!

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Topics: Big John's BBQ, Kissimmee, Oscoela County Historical Society, Business Membership, Osceola County, Dine with the Departed, City of Kissimmee, Around Osceola County, Osceola County History, History, Osceola History, Around Osceola

Backstage Access of Osceola Heritage Park

Posted by Krystal Baize on Oct 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Osceola County Historical Society recently had the privilege of attending a private behind-the-scenes tour of Osceola Heritage Park. Here is a little history and glance of what goes on behind the curtains of all the concerts, events, and trade shows that take place at our very own Osceola Heritage Park.

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Topics: Business Membership, Osceola Heritage Park, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Silver Spurs Arena, Event Space, Osceola County

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Maggie Ferrara

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Oct 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Program Director, Larissa Bixby, tracked down OCHS’s super busy Venue Rental Sales Director for a quick get to know you. Maggie has been with OCHS for a year as of this month. Congrats, Maggie! She has created the Venue Rental Sales Department from a barely functioning, basement level operation to a flourishing business that highlights the natural beauty and unique spaces OCHS has to offer for your next celebration. When she’s not charging full speed ahead at work, Maggie keeps her energies high on a run, trying new things, traveling, or working out. You can definitely say that Maggie is energetic, but you’ll also be struck by how compassionate and joyful a person she is as well.

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Topics: OCHS Employee Spotlight, weddings, Birthday Parties, Venue Rentals, Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society

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:

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