Osceola County Historical Society Blog

General Alfred Iverson Jr.

Posted by Krystal Baize on Apr 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

General Alfred Iverson came to Kissimmee about 1881, and lived here until he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910, where he subsequently died on March 31, 1911.

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Topics: History, Oscoela County Historical Society, General Alfred Inverson Jr.

Historical Wedding Traditions - The Veil

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Mar 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

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Topics: History, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Wedding Traditions, Oscoela County Historical Society

Dine with the Departed 2018 Recap

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As dusk fell over Kissimmee’s Historic Rose Hill Cemetery, guests of Osceola County Historical Society’s 9th annual Dine with the Departed sponsored by Gatorland fundraiser began to arrive. Music filled the air as guests perused over 40 silent auction items before taking their seats. Dinner, succulent barbequed chicken and pulled pork accompanied by baked beans and green beans, was catered by Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ.  When dinner service came to a close, the live auction began and was facilitated by OCHS board member, Ricky Booth.  After the live auction closed, the winners of the silent auctions were announced.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Dine with the Departed, Rose Hill Cemetery

Historical Wedding Traditions –Tossing the Bouquet

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Mar 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church which is now available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

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Topics: History, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Venue Rentals, 1800s Historic Replica Church, Wedding Traditions

William Burroughs Makinson

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Born in Hartford County, Maryland on February 23, 1864, William Burroughs Makinson was one of Osceola County’s early pioneers honored in 2011 by the Osceola County Historical Society at their annual Dine with the Departed event.  He spent the early years of his life on a farm near Baltimore with his three siblings and parents William T. and Mary L. Makinson.  In 1883, W.B. traveled by boat to Jacksonville, then by train to Sanford, Florida, finally arriving in Kissimmee on the first train to make the run from Sanford. 

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Topics: History, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson, Osceola County Historical Society, Silver Spurs Rodeo

Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show: 100 Years Ago

Posted by Krystal Baize on Feb 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Held annually each February, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair we are familiar with originated in the 1940s with the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Market being used as its venue.  Interrupted briefly by World War II, the fair and show returned, was incorporated and became an association which continues the tradition of an annual fair and livestock show.

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Topics: History, 100 years ago in Osceola County, Around Osceola County, Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show

It’s All in the Details

Posted by Kayla Smith on Feb 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems to go out of style, is the attention to detail. Adding specific elements to a garment can give it an extra flair, or make a relatively bland piece look extraordinary.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Free Admission, Osceola County Historical Society, Fashion Rewind Opening Reception, Fashion Rewind Temporary Exhibit, Fashion

Historical Wedding Traditions – Wedding Cakes Part 2

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Feb 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

Have you ever wondered why the Bride wears a white dress? Or why we eat a tiered wedding cake? Or why the Bride tosses her bouquet? Or why we host a bridal shower?

Where did these traditions come from? Why do we do them?

Join us for a multi-part mini-series as we uncover the history behind many common Wedding Traditions!

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Topics: History, Venue Rentals, Wedding Traditions, Wedding Cakes

John Carroll: The "Big Boss"

Posted by Anza Bast on Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Born in Bedford, Ohio, John Carroll worked for Ohio oil companies until 1936 when he became manager of his father’s 55,000 acre Carrollton Ranch in Deer Park.  In 1947, he became Vice President of the First National Bank of Kissimmee, retiring in 1975 as Chairman of the Board.  John was one of the sixteen horsemen who rode in the inaugural parade for Governor Spessard Holland in 1941.  He was a charter member of the Silver Spurs quadrille, helped organize the Silver Spurs Riding Club and was its first “Big Boss” in 1942.  At the age of 81, John was honored by being named “Coca Cola Cowboy” in 1988 by the Club.  Bestowed annually since 1982, the honor was given to an Osceola County resident who had worked to promote the rodeo and its way of life.  After receiving the honor, he replied “You don’t know what it means to a Yankee to be accepted like I have been.”

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Silver Spurs Rodeo, John Carroll

The Hilliard Family

Posted by Anza Bast on Dec 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

James Kinchen Hilliard was born in Coffee County, Georgia on December 17, 1852.  He lost his father in 1863 during the War Between the States.  Perhaps to ease the burden of his mother, who was left to rear some of his eleven siblings, James headed to Texas at the age of fourteen. For nine years he roamed the central west encountering Indians and buffalo and gathering tales of his experiences.

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Topics: Pioneer Family, History, Dine with the Departed, Osceola County Historical Society

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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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