Osceola County Historical Society Blog

The Clock and China Museum

Posted by Anza Bast on May 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM

After selling their haberdashery business in Chicago, Emanuel J. “Manny” and Theresa Budinger moved to St. Cloud, Florida in 1944. The Budingers established the Clock and China Museum at 1725 Missouri Avenue in St. Cloud a few years later. They began to collect clocks from all over the world and a museum was established, with a special building to house Theresa’s rare china collection. They charged no admission fee and refused any monetary donations. Theresa realized that with such a large elderly population in the community, St. Cloud should have a hospital so she decided that by accepting donations from the visitors, she could raise funds for this purpose. Once the St. Cloud Hospital Foundation was chartered, clubs and organizations held benefit affairs, giving proceeds to the Foundation. Groundbreaking was held in October 1957 and the hospital officially opened its doors on March 19, 1964.

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Topics: Around Osceola County, History Month, Clock and China Museum

Gatorland will soon feature an off-road adventure!

Posted by Rachel McIntee on May 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Mark McHugh made his grand entrance on April 19th when Gatorland hosted a groundbreaking ceremony announcing their $2 million expansion which will feature the ALL new Gator Joe's Adventure Outpost and Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure, scheduled to open Fall 2017. 

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Topics: Affordable, Around Osceola County, Gatorland

Osceola County Cattle Drive and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Recap

Posted by Kayla Smith and Rachel McIntee on Apr 19, 2017 8:43:20 AM

 
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Topics: Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, Cattle Drive, RAM National Rodeo

100 Years Ago in Osceola County

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported:

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Topics: Osceola County History, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson, Around Osceola County, Old Brandow Opera House

Spirit of the Swamp: A Unique Airboat Experience

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Feb 27, 2017 1:11:38 PM

Looking for a unique airboat experience? Look no further! Our airboat experience was flawless from the start with Spirit of the Swamp Airboats. We made our reservation through Debi Clark, who sent us all of the information we needed for check-in including directions to the ramp. We met at Triangle Park and spotted the airboats and company vehicles right away.

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Topics: Tourism, Educational, Around Osceola County, Airboats, Spirit of the Swamp

KUA: Kissimmee Lakefront - Movie in the Park

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Jan 10, 2017 11:16:38 AM

TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Friday; isn't that the saying that normally comes to mind at the end of your work or school week? You may find yourself wondering, "How should I start my weekend off right?" I have just the answer for you. Kissimmee Utility Authority and the City of Kissimmee have partnered together to host Movie in the Park, a free event at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park that you don't want to miss! 

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Topics: Kid Friendly, Free Admission, KUA, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Movie in the Park, Kissimmee Lakefront Park

The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter

Posted by Anza Bast on Dec 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Established in 1884, Narcoossee became a colony comprised of English immigrants. They began to meet for worship services regularly by 1887, sometimes gathering in homes; when weather was pleasant, they would meet outdoors. Soon, consideration was given to building an Episcopal church in Narcoossee and fundraising efforts began. Some funds for the completion of the church in 1897 did come from England, but the majority of money was raised locally.

 Rumors circulated over the years claiming that the wood & furnishings were sent over from England. Records show the lumber for the construction of the church and the roof shakes (shingles) came from the Fell-Davidson sawmill in Narcoossee, the bell (from a factory in Ohio) was previously used at the Runnymede Hotel and the Gothic style church was designed by an Orlando architect.

 

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Topics: History, St. Cloud, The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter, Pioneer Village, Narcoossee, Around Osceola County

Snow in Florida: A Celebration to Experience

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Dec 22, 2016 7:25:59 AM

Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing Now Snowing while attending the Kissimmee Is Me Ambassador Program sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and X Factor Institute. I left the event feeling like a kid again and in the Christmas spirit. I immediately thought to myself this is something that I need to share with everyone and decided I had to bring my family back the next week to partake in the festivities.

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Topics: Tourism, Kid Friendly, Christmas, Around Osceola County

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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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