Osceola County Historical Society Blog

A Brief History of the Silver Spurs Rodeo

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jul 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Silver Spurs Riding Club was formed in 1941. They quickly became popular in the region and across the state of Florida. The Spurs were known for their exceptional skill and riding tricks, especially the Quadrille, a square dance performed on horseback.

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Topics: History, Silver Spurs Rodeo

Art in the Archives: The Artist's Experience

Posted by Jeannine Maassen on Jun 27, 2017 10:45:00 AM

I've attended a few of the Art in the Archives Paint Night events held at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum which are hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society, and each one has been better than the last. It gives us all a chance to pretend we are artists,  we can relax and leave all stress at the door.   No pressure.  Just do your thing and at the end of the night you just might have a masterpiece worthy to hang on the wall.  (Not in my case, but, I do enjoy trying!)

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Topics: History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Art, Art in the Archives, Tin Can Tourism

St. Cloud Sugar Mill

Posted by Anza Bast on May 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The Disston Land Company stopped meeting the notes on the mortgage of the St. Cloud Sugar Mill after July 1895 and the sugar mill laid dormant between 1897, and 1901. In 1900, all the mill machinery was sold to Sabal Bros. of Jacksonville but not actually removed from the area. In January, 1901, it was resold to the Redo Brothers of Mexico for a reputed $75,000. John Garrity, who had been in charge of the machinery, serving mainly as a watchman, resigned from the Disston operations and was hired by the Mexican company to supervise the machinery’s relocation. He crated and marked each piece of machinery, which filled between 50 to 60 railroad cars and weighed between 800-1000 tons. It was transported via railroad to Tampa, loaded aboard a Dutch schooner which set out for the long trip around Cape Horn to Mexico. There had been reports the vessel sunk near Cuba, and later near Cape Horn but an outbreak of smallpox on board had forced the captain to land at a small harbor in Chile where the crew was quarantined, thus delaying the journey.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation and Mill, History Month

Narcoosee Shaker Colony

Posted by Anza Bast on May 11, 2017 8:15:00 AM

The Shakers, a short name taken by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, trace their beliefs to the early traditions of the church and more particularly to a 17th century group of French Protestants known as Camisards or Prophets. They were driven from France to England and disappeared from view but did pass on their beliefs to a group of Quakers who were attracted by the similar faith.

 

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Shaker Colony, The Olive Branch

Story Time at the Museum

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Apr 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every third Thursday of the month the Osceola County Historical Society hosts an interactive reading event. Gather around the fireplace at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum to listen to a carefully chosen children’s book, whose theme compliments our current temporary exhibit. After storytelling by the fireplace, we move into the Buster Kenton Room to let our creative side run loose as we craft a themed art project. While our event is targeted towards children ages 3 to 6, we welcome kids of all ages to join in the fun of Story Time at the Museum.

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Topics: History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Story Time at the Museum, History Month

100 years ago in Osceola County: History Repeats Itself

Posted by Anza Bast on Apr 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

An interesting parallel between 1917 and 2017 was found in an April 12, 1917, “St. Cloud Tribune” news article which states,“Mr. H.A. Haymaker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania purchased the entire block situated between the Atlantic Coast Line depot and the Bank.” The property was unoccupied and used only as a park for a number of years. The article continues, “Mr. Haymaker’s plans involve the erection of a building to cover the entire block, from three to five stories in height, the lower floors to be reserved for stores and business houses, while the upper floors will be finished up in either apartments or for hotel purposes.”

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Topics: History, St. Cloud, Osceola County History, 100 years ago in Osceola County

The Rise and Fall of the Runnymede Lodge

Posted by Anza Bast on Apr 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The settlement of Runnymede, formerly known as Wharton was located three miles east of St. Cloud and two miles from Narcoossee. Following the formation of Osceola County on May 12, 1887, an election was held on the following February to determine the county seat and courthouse location. Kissimmee received 421 votes & Runnymede 30.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Runnymede Lodge

Banana Cake: One of Dixie's Favorites

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Mar 30, 2017 2:12:51 PM

Last month we shared a blog about a sweet potatoe pie that built a church.  As a special treat this month we are sharing another recipe. This recipe can be found in "Yesteryear and Today 1840 - 2006", a collection of recipes by Dixie Myrtice Bronson Nickle.  Dixie decicated this recipe book to her mother Ada Bernice Bronson, who taught Dixie how to cook as a young girl. The  recipe book is one of the many books available for purchase at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum and the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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Topics: History, Banana Cake Recipe, Dixie Myrtice Bronson Nickle, Yesteryears and Today 1840-2006, Ada Bernice Bronson

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

Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

 This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

 Dine with the Departed is a fundraiser hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society to help raise money to continue their mission. The event is designed to educate the public on the history of Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery and the influential people who now reside there.

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

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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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