Osceola County Historical Society Blog

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

A, B, C's and 1, 2, 3's: The Completion of the Pioneer Village Schoolhouse

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Feb 13, 2017 2:09:40 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The original authentic structures, including the Cadman Complex, the Lanier home, and the Tyson home are just a few of the buildings preserved from the late 1800s used to educate the public in the ways of living back in the late 1800s.

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Topics: History, Narcoossee, Replica Schoolhouse, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Martha Jane "Bandanna Mammy" Jones

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Christened Martha Jane on the day of her birth in 1819/1820 on the Carter Plantation in Virginia. Little is known of her life until she left Richmond, Virginia in 1839, bound for Florida with a shipload of slaves.  She was a servant for the wealthy, nursed the sick, and was sold over and over, finally gaining her freedom.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Martha Jane Jones, Black History Month

Kissimmee Train Wreck of 1911

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

The December 1, 1911 “Kissimmee Valley Gazette” reported “One of the most frightful wrecks of a passenger train ever known in this section occurred last night just as train No. 85 of the Atlantic Coast Line was entering the city limits, although no one was seriously injured except Mr. L.C. Royal, the baggage master, who was badly crushed from falling trunks.”

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Rail Transportation

100 Years Ago in Osceola County: Kissimmee Railways

Posted by Anza Bast on Jan 25, 2017 1:15:41 PM

An excerpt from:
“Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, January 25, 1917

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, 100 years ago in Osceola County, railroads

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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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