Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Volunteer Spotlight: Anza Bast

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Nov 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Anza Bast has been involved with the Osceola County Historical Society for over 10 years, she is a dedicated volunteer and board member who received this year’s Florida Association of Museums Outstanding Volunteer award. Anza is an invaluable resource for OCHS. Her wealth of regional knowledge and her passion for history have made her an incredible asset to the organization. Anza volunteers most of her time in the Curation and Collection Department. Larissa Bixby caught up with Anza at the Research Center at Spence Pavilion one afternoon to chat a bit about her contributions to OCHS.

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Volunteer Spotlight, Volunteer, Volunteering, Benifts of being a Volunteer, Osceola County

Historical Wedding Traditions: Planning Your Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Miranda Hebert Ferrara and Maggie Ferrara on Nov 20, 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: Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Venue Rentals, Pavilion at Pioneer Village, Wedding Traditions, weddings, Outside Venues

Eat. Shop. Cruise.

Posted by Audrey Snow-Brine on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Do you like trying new foods? Are you a fan of unique stores? How about classic vehicles and muscle cars? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Old Town in Kissimmee is perfect for you!

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, Tourism, History, Summer Activities, Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, Business Membership, Oscoela County Historical Society, Outdoor, Kissimmee, Old Town

620 Words

Posted by Kayla Smith on Nov 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM

An exciting aspect of museum work is making new discoveries. Sometimes, these discoveries may only be new to the researcher. Usually, this means an item has been “rediscovered” in the museum’s archives. The Osceola County Historical Society has made such a discovery! In reorganizing our archives, we happened upon a postcard from 136 years ago. The postcard was addressed to a Miss Martha A. Pierce of Holliston, MA and was sent from her step-sister, Annie of Livermore Falls, Maine. This may sound like an unappealing find, and it certainly is not relevant to Osceola County history. However, what is unique about the postcard is Annie was able to fit 620 words on it, and they are legible (mostly)! Even after 136 years, the writing of a young woman, updating her step-sister of her life can still be read and enjoyed. We’ll count this as a win for history!

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society Curator, postcard, artifacts

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek: Revitalized!

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Nov 12, 2018 2:00:00 PM

1 year ago, you invested in us, well beyond your cash donations. You revitalized our spirits, and helped us move forward.

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Topics: Replica Schoolhouse, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County, 1800s Replica General Store, 26th Annual Pioneer Day, Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Board of Directors, Lanier House, Tyson House, Cadman House, community

Charles Nathan McMullen

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The youngest of nine children of Matthew and Sarah McMullen, born April 28, 1865; Charles Nathan grew up in Roane, West Virginia, working on the family farm.  He was only six months old when his father died.  At the age of thirteen, C.N. left home to make his own living.

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Topics: Osceola County, Veteran

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: Osceola County History, Veteran

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

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: History, Osceola County Historical Society, War Vertrags Memorial

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

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