Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Celebrating 50 Years: The Bast Vow Renewal

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Dec 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Anza Bast glowed as she walked down the aisle at the 1800s Replica Historic Church at Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to her husband of 50 years, Mike Bast, at the altar to renew their vows and say “I DO” for the second time. While standing at the altar, Mike confessed,

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

Expanding: Buildings and Team Members

Posted by Rachel McIntee on Dec 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of the 1800s Replica Historic Church, OCHS is excited to announce a new addition to the team. Please help us in welcoming Maggie Ferrara who joined us on October 2, 2017 as our Facility Rental Sales Coordinator. Maggie graduated from Michigan State University in Hospitality Business Management and has been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. We are very excited to have her as part of our team.

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

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

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

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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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