Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Family Matters: the history of Makinson Hardware

Posted by Kimber Davis on Sep 9, 2014 4:57:00 PM

As you walk down the streets of downtown Kissimmee, listen closely. Can you hear the echoes of the past? The splashing of the steamboat paddle on the lake? The bellowing of cattle passing through town? The shrill whistle of a train? While the sights and sounds of downtown Kissimmee have evolved over the years, one thing in particular remains the same: Makinson Hardware.

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the OCHS

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Aug 29, 2014 5:52:00 PM

The exhibit that will be on display at the History Museum is titled, Spanish Pathways, where viewers will trace the Spanish in Florida and will investigate the earliest cattle industry, the Naváez expedition, De Soto’s epic march, Catholic mission sites, St. Augustine, Ft. Mose, Count Gálvez and the American Revolution, the Second Spanish Era, Paulina Pedrosa and Las Patriotas,the cigar industry, and finally, the dramatic impact of the 1959 Cuban revolution on south Florida. The timeline dates from 1492 through 1992, five hundred years of hispanic history.

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Topics: Around Osceola, OCHS Events

A grand ribbon cutting: The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Aug 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM

With the opening of the new Pioneer Village this fall, we are happy to announce the ribbon cutting of The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. This is a great step forward in recreational activities provided on Shingle Creek for visitors of the Pioneer Village, Welcome Center and beyond.

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Topics: Around Osceola, Shingle Creek Regional Park

Kissimmee City Manager emphasizes community in new Lakefront Revitalization Project

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Aug 25, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Seated in front of an aerial map of Kissimmee, FL, City Manager Mike Steigerwald glanced through the fifth floor City Hall conference room window, looking out over Historic Downtown Kissimmee.

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola

Throwback Thursday to the Tales of Toho

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Aug 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM

 

Arriving on her first railway trip through Kissimmee in the late 1880s, Historian Minnie Moore-Wilson observed that “…from the oil street lamps, the little city, now numbering about 1,000 inhabitants, presented a picture of tropical beauty.”

Wilson might be shocked today to see how “the little city” (now numbering about 65,000 inhabitants), and its lakefront, have grown. Entering its final phases of construction, the Kissimmee Lakefront Revitalization Project has transformed the Tohopekaliga lakefront into a modern community center, complete with electric car charging stations and a focus toward the future of Osceola County’s community.

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola

Giveaway: two passes to Medieval Times to watch history in action

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Jul 21, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Medieval Times, located a hop, skip and a jump from the Osceola County Historical Society Welcome Center and History Museum is a dinner and tournament event anyone in the area should experience at least once.

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Topics: Around Osceola, Giveaway

Shingle Creek: A Local Osceola County Treasure

Posted by Margaret Wallis on Jul 10, 2014 5:44:00 PM

 

Nestled within the Cypress trees covered with Spanish moss, Shingle Creek is a local treasure and a natural remnant of Florida’s rich cultural history.

Shingle Creek has been a pivotal part of life in Osceola County for centuries. Long before pioneers moved to Osceola County, Native Americans used the Shingle Creek area to sustain life. The creek was utilized for transportation, hunting, fishing, gathering and protection. Waterways were very important for them, and Shingle Creek provided nearly everything for their day to day needs. During the Second Seminole War, Shingle Creek was a Native American stronghold.

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, Shingle Creek Regional Park

6 Things to Do This Summer with Your Kids in Osceola County

Posted by Donnita Dampier on Jun 23, 2014 5:32:00 PM

 

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Topics: Around Osceola

The Silver Spurs Rodeo: An Osceola County Tradition

Posted by Liz Stemm on Jun 7, 2014 10:03:00 AM

 

The Silver Spurs Rodeo, billed as the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, has been around since 1944 and is a long standing tradition for the local residents of Osceola County. The original rodeo, started by the Silver Spurs Riding Club, was a small rodeo that focused on horseback riding but grew into much more by the 1950s. In 1949 the club purchased the land on Highway 192 and built the original arena that consisted of a stadium, stands, and a concession area. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola

7 Low Impact Activities to Take Advantage of When Visiting Osceola County

Posted by Donnita Dampier on Jun 2, 2014 4:45:00 PM

 

Whether you are new to the area, just visiting Osceola County or a lifelong resident, there are many things to do around Osceola County that get you moving and teach you about all we have to offer. From hands on history lessons to low-impact exercise activities we've got a list of seven things you might enjoy this summer when looking for activities around Osceola County.

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Topics: Around Osceola

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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