Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Stepping in Time to the Music

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Mar 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John and Osceola High School. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line. 

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Topics: OCHS Event Recap, Exhibits, History, Educational, Kid Friendly, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Paint Night, Music

A Unique Dining Experience

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There are not many places you can spend a pleasant evening in a cemetery, dining with friends, bidding on great items and meeting some of Osceola County’s passed citizens.

 Amid some controversy, our first Dine with the Departed was held on March 13, 2010 in historic Rose Hill Cemetery. The decision was made by the Osceola County Historical Society to host something different – not the usual ghost tour, generally occurring in October, but to present an educational evening, striving to raise funds for the organization.

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Topics: Fundraisers, Educational, Dine with the Departed, Rose Hill Cemetery

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

Top 25 Reasons to Attend the 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Nov 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Every once in a while an event rolls around that you just don't want to miss...this year, that event is the Osceola County Historical Society's 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!

Here are the Top 25 Reasons to Attend the 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!!

1. Learn the History! Osceola County is full of rich history. Pioneer Days allows residents and visitors to better understand the Pioneer families and what life in the 1800s would have been like without air conditioning and cell phones. 

2. Help us celebrate our anniversary. Pioneer Day is actually TWO days this year!! We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a special TWO day event.

3. Save on admission with this great FREE event! That’s right, we are offering free admission to the Pioneer Village. Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th from 10AM to 4PM. FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING!!

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Educational, Kid Friendly, Osceola County History, 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event, Free Admission, Pioneer Village

Antique Funeral Coach

Posted by Kari Whaley on Oct 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The haunted history of Osceola County has creaked into the artifact collection at OCHS. The antique funeral coach, shrouded in mystery, was donated to the Osceola County Historical Society by Osceola Memory Gardens in 2015. Although the origin of the coach is unknown, it is suspected to have been manufactured in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, or Massachusetts circa 1890. However, the only shocking part of this tale is that the horse-drawn funeral hearse has remained in excellent condition, complete with full seat cushions, seat drops, curtains, hitch, and coffin. 

 An official appraisal suggests that the coach may have been manufactured by Cunningham Coach, based in Rochester, New York or George Brownell, who hailed from Bristol County, Massachusetts. Both were award winning manufacturers, known for creating fine carriages of the highest grade. The rise of petrol-driven hearses, circa 1909 in the United States, brought about the decline of horse-drawn hearses. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Artifact Spotlight, Educational, Antique Funeral Coach

Mary Crawford Bryan

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

In December 1865, the eldest of six children, Mary Crawford Bryan was born to Jasper Newton Bryan St. and Amanda Fitzpatrick in Marshallville, Macon County, Georgia. She decided to stay and teach school in Kissimmee while visiting two of her brothers, Nathan Colbert “Bert” and Conrad in  about 1890.

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Topics: History, Educational, Osceola County History, Beaumont Middle School, Mary C. Bryan Elementary School, Mary Crawford Bryan

Reasons to Visit the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Sep 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum located at 4155 W. Vine St. Kissimmee, FL 34741 is a stop you must make! The hours of operation are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, 7 days a week. The Osceola County Welcome Center and Welcome Center is closed on major holidays and the admission is FREE.

 

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum was created in partnership with the Osceola County and the Osceola County Historical Society to teach locals and visitors about the county’s rich history.

 

The center is comprised of 4 realistic dioramas showcasing different habitats that you could encounter while in Osceola County: swamplands, pine flatwoods, oak hammock, and lakefront. Each exhibit features an interactive display and a scavenger hunt. If you are looking for a unique experience and are yearning to learn more about Osceola County this is the place to come!

 

If you are wondering why you should stop by to see us at the Welcome Center and History Museum, here are a few reasons:

 

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Topics: History, Educational, Facility Rentals, Kid Friendly, Osceola County History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Affordable

5 Reasons to Visit the Pioneer Village This Summer

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Jul 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Looking for something unique to do with family and friends this summer? Look no farther! The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is comprised of a permanent collection of 8 historic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County. While walking through the Pioneer Village, you’ll feel as though you are taking a stroll back in time. Here is a list of the top 5 reasons you should come visit.

Here is a list of the top 5 reasons you should come visit the Pioneer Village this summer!

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Topics: Osceola History, The Pioneer Village, History, Summer Activities, Educational, Field Trips and Group Trips, Facility Rentals, Kid Friendly, Affordable

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. 

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