Osceola County Historical Society Blog

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

Kissimmee is Me Ambassador Program

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jul 21, 2017 2:01:32 PM

The Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Experience Kissimmee and X Factor Institute offers an amazing program to local hospitality businesses called the Kissimmee is Me Ambassador.  This free program gives area businesses an opportunity to make lasting connections with each other, as well as a chance to learn some tried and true customer service techniques.

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Topics: Around Osceola County, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, Kissimmee is Me Program, hospitality

K & M Rentals: The One Stop Rental Shop

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Jul 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

K & M Rentals is a minority owned business that has been in operation since 1993. Mary Brodie, founder of K & M Rentals, realized there was a need for a more specialized equipment rental company in Orlando and Kissimmee to offer a variety of rentals to guests arriving from Overseas and the USA. It was from this idea and a lot of hard work from Mary’s loyal employees that K & M Rentals has grown to become one of the top equipment rental companies in Orlando and Kissimmee.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Around Osceola County, K & M Rentals

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

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:

  • Osceola County History
  • Pioneer Families
  • Events at the Welcome Center and History Museum
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