Osceola County Historical Society Blog

A Year in Review: 2016/2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Posted by Krystal Baize on Sep 22, 2017 2:35:41 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society held it’s 2016/2017 Annual Meeting last night, September 21, 2017, in the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. Guests were able to stroll through the museum before and after the presentation to soak in all of the information of this state-of-the-art immersive nature and history museum including the current Tin Can Tourism Temporary Exhibit which is on display through October 15.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, KUA, Narcoossee, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, 2016/2017 Annual Meeting

The Monts De Oca Family

Posted by Anza Bast on Sep 7, 2017 4:03:38 PM

Translations of the name Monts De Oca vary as do stories regarding the origin of the family.  Ancestry.com tells us it is “ Topographic name from a range of mountains forming the watershed between the rivers Ebro and Duero in northern Spain, named with the plural of monte ‘mountain’ and oca ‘goose’.”  The Urban Dictionary defines it as “large hills with an oak forest on top” or “large hills with geese on top”.

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Topics: History, Monts De Oca Family, Hispanic Heritage Month

Artifact Spotlight: Tin Can Tourist License Plates

Posted by Kayla Smith on Aug 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 Automobile ownership was on the rise in the early 1900’s and travel became increasingly accessible. Americans from different economic positions were vacationing more and more. The need for affordable places to stay while traveling increased. A new kind of accommodation gained popularity-the house trailer. The definition of these mobile homes varied, but they were essentially a portable place to stay. With the formation of travel clubs, like the Tin Can Tourists, house trailers continued to be a fundamental part of traveling the United States by automobile.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, Tin Can Tourism

$80,000 Cultural Facility Grant awarded to OCHS for 1800s Replica General Store

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Aug 30, 2017 12:59:04 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society received an $80,000 Cultural Facility Grant through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. The organization will use the state funds from this grant to continue the next phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek (2491 Babb Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746), which will include the construction and furnishing of a late-1800s replica General Store. The replica General Store is scheduled to be completed this fall and open during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day on November 11, 2017. 

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Topics: History, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Expansion, 1800s Replica General Store

War Cake Recipe

Posted by Anza Bast on Aug 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When World War I broke out, many food items were rationed, so there was a need for economical recipes using ingredients readily available.  This one appeared in a cook book sold for $1.00 to benefit the Red Cross and American Fund for French Wounded.  It was also referred to as War Cake.

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Topics: History, War Cake Recipe, 100 years ago

Wild about Wild Willy's Airboat Tours

Posted by Krystal Baize on Aug 18, 2017 11:55:59 AM

Feeling a bit adventurous and wanting to disconnect with the hustle and bustle of the city? My husband and I decided to plan a trip out to Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours to experience Central Florida’s natural beauty. The summer heat played a huge role in deciding when to book our tour and with time slots available as early as 9AM, the decision was a no brainer.

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Topics: Around Osceola County

Toho WaterWorks Summer Camp

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Aug 11, 2017 12:20:53 PM

 Toho Water Authority plays a huge part in the lives of local students in Osceola County. Over the summer, Toho offered their Toho WaterWorks Summer Camp, which ran from July 17, 2017 to July 21, 2017 to about 20 middle school students. Each day, the campers were able to learn about the importance of water through hands-on experiments, group building activities, and tours of various facilities.

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Topics: History, Around Osceola County, Summer Camp, Toho Water Authority

The Perfect Back to School Field Trip

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 This week Osceola County School District will welcome its students back to the hallowed halls of classrooms all across the County. As students gear up for another year of learning, the Osceola County Historical Society is preparing the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum for field trips and independent student visits. OCHS offers many learning opportunities for students of all ages, from Living History at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to guided tours of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum complete with private art lessons inspired by the current temporary exhibit.

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Topics: Field Trips and Group Trips, Back to School

Company B Reunion

Posted by Anza Bast on Aug 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Company B 2nd Florida Infantry unit has been featured in previous blogs, but have you wondered what happened to these men?   News articles discovered in the Osceola County Historical Society archives tell of a reunion held by the “Border Boys”, an appropriate name for the U.S. Army horsemen who crossed the Rio Grande from Texas in 1916 to fight the Mexican bandit, Pancho Villa.  In the fall of 1969 invitations were sent to twenty of the surviving members, thirteen still resided in Kissimmee and two in St. Cloud, while others lived in California.  Fifteen or sixteen reunions had previously been held on the ranch of Jennings Overstreet, whose father Mack was one of the “Border Boys”.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Company B, 2nd Infantry

Downtown St. Cloud Fire of 1917

Posted by Anza Bast on Jul 28, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Between twelve and one o’clock on the night of July 28, 1917, fire broke out in the W.A. Drawdy store room on Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Cloud, Florida.  The fire swept down both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, affecting eighteen businesses before it was brought under control. 

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Topics: St. Cloud, 100 years ago in Osceola County, Fire

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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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