Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Painting for the Holidays: Art in the Archives

Posted by Krystal Baize on Dec 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friends and family, look no further! Osceola County Historical Society hosts Art in the Archives: Paint Night, and the next event is right around the corner! Join us on January 10, 2018, for a fun filled and educational evening. Spend time with friends and family as you stroll through the museum during this exclusive after-hours event.  Visit the temporary exhibit, the inspiration for the current painting – Historical Health: Hospitals and Cure-Alls. After the tour, adjourn to the Buster Kenton room for a two-hour art lesson, complementary beverages, and nibbles.

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Osceola County Historical Society, Art in the Archives

2017 History Magazine Winter Edition

Posted by Krystal Baize on Dec 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As 2017 comes to an end, the Osceola County Historical Society will share the latest issue of the Osceola County Historical Society’s History Magazine. The History Magazine is a publication that is issued electronically to the Osceola County Historical Society’s website twice a year for your reading pleasure.

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Osceola County Historical Society, 2017 History Magazine Winter Edition

October 2017: Recap of Events

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Nov 30, 2017 9:30:00 AM

We have been thrilled to host a few fantastic events over the past couple months at the many venues available through the Osceola County Historical Society! Here is a short recap of some of the events that took place in October. 

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, 1800s Historic Replica Church

Employee Spotlight - Donnita Dampier: Executive Director

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Nov 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 This month, Executive Director, Donnita Dampier is celebrating 11 years with the Osceola County Historical Society. Dampier has made it her mission to preserve Osceola County history and to educate the county’s residents and visitors about the area’s cultural and natural gifts. She works closely with city and county officials, and is often found championing the cause of history.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society, Employee Spotlight, Executive Director

General Store, Post Office, Pioneer Day...come experience them all!

Posted by Kayla Smith on Nov 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Osceola County Historical Society will be celebrating what life was like in early Florida by hosting the 26th Annual Pioneer Day. This is always a fun time for the community to come out and enjoy the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek for free, and experience historical re-enactments and examples of daily life for pioneers. What makes this year’s event even more exciting is OCHS has added another replica building, the General Store, and we will be celebrating its grand opening at 10:30AM, November 11th during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day event! 

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Topics: Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, 1800s Replica General Store, 26th Annual Pioneer Day

Step back in time with Joe Kelley, Lt. Col. Cadman, and Sarah

Posted by Krystal Baize on Nov 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In celebration of the 26th Annual Pioneer Day sponsored by Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, happening November 11, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, the Osceola County Historical Society invited Joe Kelley, host of Orlando's Morning News - News 96.5 WDBO to visit the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and interview a couple of our re-enactors while stepping back in time with them to learn why Pioneer Day is such an important event in our county. 

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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, 26th Annual Pioneer Day

Historic Teacher Spotlight: Emma Viola Yowell

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

The replica schoolhouse at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is typical of the style that Emma Viola Yowell may have taught in.  Born in Illinois about 1862, she began her teaching career there in 1886.  After moving to Florida in 1888, Emma taught at the Athens School in Polk County, followed by a transfer to Davenport in 1889.  The move to Osceola County in 1890 was the beginning of Emma’s fifty years of service to our community.

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Topics: teacherspotlight, Replica Schoolhouse, Dine with the Departed, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society

Twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Oct 5, 2017 10:20:56 AM

As the quarter moon rises over Downtown Kissimmee on Friday October 27th, the Osceola County Historical Society will whisk you away on a spirited lantern-lit ghost tour. As your host guides you through the twilit streets, you will hear spine-tingling tales of some of Kissimmee’s dearly and infamously departed residents. Look and listen carefully, because you never know where you might encounter a spook or two. This 45-minute, kid-friendly adventure will be the perfect ‘trick’ to your Boo! On Broadway treats. This event is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Sign up now, before this terror-ific offer passes away.

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Topics: Around Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society, Boo! on Broadway

OCHS Employee Spotlight: Jozef Bladek

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Jun 28, 2017 1:47:46 PM

Jozef Bladek has been greeting locals and visitors at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum since December 2016. In addition to his role as museum attendant, Jozef conducts tours of the History Museum, participants in outreach programs, assists with the smooth operations of exhibit openings and recently, he has added Pioneer Village field tripattendant to his repertoire.

 Jozef respects and appreciates Florida’s history, and enjoys talking to guests about their historical knowledge.

 JB: When I first started working, an older gentleman came in. We talked for about an hour just on citrus. As a young adult, he had been a truck driver that picked up citrus through out Kissimmee. He said U.S. 192 was all citrus groves lining the road, before Disney, of course. Now you look around and all you see is people and not a single bit of citrus. Another thing I thought was interesting was meeting some of the Cadman Family descendants.

 Larissa Bixby asked Jozef a series of questions, in the hopes of getting to know the young man who works the front desk at the museum. This is what she found out:

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Topics: Cadman Family, Field Trips and Group Trips, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Osceola County Historical Society, OCHS Employee Spotlight

History Month Recap

Posted by Krystal McIntee on May 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

May was publicized History Month in a Proclamation presented by Osceola County and the Board of County Commissioners on May 8, 2017.

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Topics: City of Kissimmee, History Month, City of St. Cloud, Proclamation, Osceola County Historical Society, Osceola County

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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