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What Next - How to Start Planning Your Big Day!

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Jan 3, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  We thought it was time to switch gears and look into planning the wedding itself.

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Topics: 100 years ago in Osceola County, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Pavilion at Pioneer Village, Wedding Traditions, Engagement

Osceola Natives

Posted by Kayla Smith on Jan 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM

In the mid-1700s, large groups of Native Americans, primarily from Georgia, began to come into Florida, which was still owned by Spain. Many were displaced from war and were looking for a safe home. They would band together to form a new tribe, known as the Seminole Indian tribe. The Seminoles, meaning “separatists” or “runaways”, gained their name as a result of their decision to leave their other tribes and migrate to Florida. The early Seminole tribe had two main groups: one in the Southern part of the state and the other inhabiting the area near Lake Okeechobee. The tribe would remain in Florida, and continue to grow, including the addition of former slaves into their tribe. As the Seminoles grew in number, they would end up fighting the United States government in the Seminole Wars in an effort to maintain their livelihood and lands in Florida.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Seminole Settlement, Osceola Natives, Temporary Exhibit, Seminole Indians

What Kind of History Will You Make in 2019?

Posted by Krystal Baize on Jan 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the start of the New Year many of you may have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I know I do! Some of the most popular New Year Resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, stop a bad habit, reduce stress, and travel more.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Volunteering, Benifts of being a Volunteer, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County, Donations

Why You Should Consider Holding Your Wedding at an OCHS Venue

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Dec 27, 2018 7:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent the past several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  We thought it was time to switch gears and look into planning the wedding itself.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Wedding Traditions, weddings, Outdoor Event

St. Cloud's Santa

Posted by Anza Bast on Dec 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM

  Edward Adam Boehme (pronounced Bayme) was born in Dayton, Ohio on October 26, 1877; one of eight children.  German parents Franz Oskar and Louise Boehme may have instilled an early love for Christmas in him as evidenced by his generosity to the Florida community of St. Cloud.

After retiring as an agent for the Prudential Life Insurance Company, Edward and his third wife Anna arrived in St. Cloud in 1936.  With Anna’s help, he dedicated himself to bringing happiness at Christmas to children and shut-ins for the next seventeen years of his life.

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Topics: History, St. Cloud, Holiday Cheer, Santa

Opendoor: Buying and Selling Homes

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

Buying and selling homes can be tricky and time consuming, here are some fun facts about the newest way to buy and sell homes through Opendoor
  • Opendoor is a new and simple way to buy or sell a home in Orlando.
  • If you’re selling, skip the hassle of listing, showings, and months of uncertainty. Simply go to opendoor.com and tell us a bit about your home to receive a fair market offer on your home in 48 hours. After accepting an offer and completing an Opendoor inspection, you are on your way to selling your home in record time. 
  • If you’re buying, browse on your terms from the convenience of the Opendoor app. They make it incredibly easy to visit hundreds of Opendoor homes so you can quickly find the perfect one and purchase it on your terms. Find available homes, instantly unlock and tour them any day of the week from 6am to 9pm, and even make an offer, all directly from the Opendoor app.
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Topics: Around Osceola County, Business Membership, Buying New Home, Selling Your Home, Opendoor

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Laura Wakefield

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Dec 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Laura Wakefield has been attending Osceola County Historical Society  events for years. Born and raised in Osceola County, Laura was a history teacher in the county for over 18 years and would bring her students to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to research local history. In June 2018, Laura joined the OCHS team as a grant specialist. Larissa Bixby caught up with Laura to get to know her a bit better.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Osceola County Historical Society, Employee Spotlight, Grant Specialist

Lights, Camera, Christmas Lights!

Posted by Krystal Baize on Dec 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The hustle and bustle of working, shopping for gifts, and making sure the house is decorated with holiday décor can be exhausting and overwhelming at times so we’ve created a list of family friendly locations that are decked full of cheer and picture perfect. Here are 5 locations to check out over the holiday season!

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Topics: City of Kissimmee, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, City of St. Cloud, Holiday Cheer, Santa, Lanier House, Tyson House, Cadman House

The 1914 Christmas Truce

Posted by Kayla Smith on Dec 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Lasting four years, from July 1914 to November 1918, World War I is often remembered as a long and horrible war. Millions were killed or wounded. Old fashioned tactics were being used alongside more modern weapons, this making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history. What made World War I particularly dreadful was the trench warfare. Soldiers from both sides were made to dig and fight in trenches along the main fronts of the war. The unsanitary conditions and dangers of fighting enemies with powerful weapons so close made the trenches unlike any other battlefield.

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The Mapes Family

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM

When Union Veteran John H. DeGraw arrived in St. Cloud, Florida in the fall of 1909, little did he know that when his daughter Myrtle married Victor G. Mapes, three of John’s grandsons – Victor Loris Mapes, Dana Austin Mapes and Theodore Augustus Mapes would serve their country in the 1940s, as John did over seventy-five years earlier.

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Topics: Veteran, St. Cloud, Florida

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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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