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African-American Wedding Traditions

Posted by Miranda Herbert Ferrara on Feb 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  Since February is celebrated as Black history month, we thought we would look at wedding traditions that originate in Africa.

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Topics: Black History Month, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, Wedding Traditions

Lawrence Silas

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM

 Lawrence was born in Kenansville, Florida on November 8, 1891, to former Georgia slave Tom Silas and his wife Elizabeth, the sixth of thirteen children.  Because it was a rural area, Tom built a school and hired a teacher so his children could receive an education. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Black History Month, Osceola County Historical Society

Minnie L. "Mama" Greggs

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The only child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Williams, Minnie was born in Ocala on March 6, 1890.  Following the death of her father during a circus high wire act, Minnie moved to Kissimmee with her mother in 1903.  Minnie stopped attending school upon arriving in Kissimmee when a doctor said if she were “confined to school, she would go blind” due to an unknown condition she’d had since birth.  Along with taking care of the house, Minnie assisted her mother with the laundry of turpentine camp workers, using a scrub board and boiling water in a pot.

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Topics: Black History Month, Dine with the Departed, Osceola County Historical Society

What Kind of History Will You Make in 2019?

Posted by Krystal Baize on Jan 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the start of the New Year many of you may have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I know I do! Some of the most popular New Year Resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, stop a bad habit, reduce stress, and travel more.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Volunteering, Benifts of being a Volunteer, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County, Donations

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Laura Wakefield

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Dec 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Laura Wakefield has been attending Osceola County Historical Society  events for years. Born and raised in Osceola County, Laura was a history teacher in the county for over 18 years and would bring her students to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to research local history. In June 2018, Laura joined the OCHS team as a grant specialist. Larissa Bixby caught up with Laura to get to know her a bit better.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Osceola County Historical Society, Employee Spotlight, Grant Specialist

620 Words

Posted by Kayla Smith on Nov 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM

An exciting aspect of museum work is making new discoveries. Sometimes, these discoveries may only be new to the researcher. Usually, this means an item has been “rediscovered” in the museum’s archives. The Osceola County Historical Society has made such a discovery! In reorganizing our archives, we happened upon a postcard from 136 years ago. The postcard was addressed to a Miss Martha A. Pierce of Holliston, MA and was sent from her step-sister, Annie of Livermore Falls, Maine. This may sound like an unappealing find, and it certainly is not relevant to Osceola County history. However, what is unique about the postcard is Annie was able to fit 620 words on it, and they are legible (mostly)! Even after 136 years, the writing of a young woman, updating her step-sister of her life can still be read and enjoyed. We’ll count this as a win for history!

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society Curator, postcard, artifacts

Anza Bast Receives FAM Outstanding Volunteer Award

Posted by Kayla Smith on Oct 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Each year, the Florida Association of Museums honors those who help museums fulfill their individual missions. One such honor, the Outstanding Volunteer Award is given to a “volunteer whose service to a museum has made a lasting impact on the fulfillment of the institution’s mission”. Osceola County Historical Society has many wonderful volunteers and, as a result, decided to nominate one of them: Anza Bast.

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Volunteer, Osceola County Historical Society, Florida Association of Museums, Board of Directors

War Veterans Memorial

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

 In the summer of 1968, Joe Carroll, V.F.W. member and then Osceola County Civil Defense Director; headed up a War Memorial Committee.  Fundraising efforts were supported by the V.F.W., American Legion Posts, Daughters of American Veterans, the City of Kissimmee and other local veterans groups.  The site chosen was a thirty-square-foot plot of ground owned by the Makinson-Carson Post 10, American Legion, on the Kissimmee lakefront.
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Topics: History, Osceola County Historical Society, War Vertrags Memorial

OCHS Presented Non-Profit of the Year Award by St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Oct 23, 2018 6:30:00 AM

 Congratulations are in order for the Osceola County Historical Society after being awarded the Non-Profit of the Year Award by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce on September 29, 2018. As a dedicated member of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, we are honored to receive this prestigious award. OCHS’ goal is to collect and preserve the history of Osceola County and it is wonderful to be recognized for the hard work the staff, volunteers, board of directors, and donors put forth.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Historical Society, Soldier City Chapter, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Non-Profit of the Year Award

27 Reason to Attend the 27th Annual Pioneer Day Event

Posted by Krystal Baize on Oct 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Celebrate Osceola County's first residents and the pioneering spirit of the late 19th century during the 27th Annual Pioneer Day. Here are some reasons why you won't want to miss this event, 27 reasons to be exact!

 

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Topics: History, Free Admission, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Big John's Rockin' BBQ, Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, 27th Annual Pioneer Day, Outdoor Event, Fall Festival

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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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