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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

Osceola County Cattle Drive and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Recap

Posted by Kayla Smith and Rachel McIntee on Apr 19, 2017 8:43:20 AM

 
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Topics: Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, Cattle Drive, RAM National Rodeo

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

Artifact Spotlight: European Glass Trade Beads

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Mar 23, 2017 7:47:34 AM

In the last weeks of Florida Archaeology Month, let’s talk beads. Beads are an important part of Native American cultures. The size, shape, color, and material of beads denotes status in many native cultures. Early beads found in Florida and the greater Eastern coastal region were made from clay, bone and shell. Clay and bone beadswere the easiest to make and became the most abundant. However, beads from the quahog clam, wampum, was also popular on the Eastern coast. The mostly white shell of the quahog has shades of light to deep purple around its edges; the amount of purple varies from shell to shell, making the color rarer and worth twice the amount of white wampum. Purple wampum designated their wearer as powerful, wealthy, and important in the community.

 

 

           

White Wampum, Interior of Quahog Shell, Purple Wampum

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Topics: Osceola County History, Florida Archaeology Month, European Glass Trade Beads

100 Years Ago in Osceola County

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

Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported:

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Topics: Osceola County History, WIlliam B. "Dick" Makinson, Around Osceola County, Old Brandow Opera House

Artifact Spotlight: The Teacher's Desk

Posted by Kayla Smith on Feb 23, 2017 9:42:20 AM

The one-room schoolhouse of the early 1900s was often filled with benches or desks, but one stood out from the rest: the teacher’s desk. Many times, there were too many students and children had to resort to sharing those desks, as well as books and other school items. However, the teacher’s desk was for one person: the teacher.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, Osceola County History, Teacher's Desk, Replica Schoolhouse, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

The Sweet Potato Pie that Built a Church

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 22, 2017 9:30:00 AM

An “Osceola Sun” article headline for July 13, 1977 read, “Sweet potato pie that built a church”. In 1962, the congregation of St. Luke Baptist Church was in need of a new sanctuary to replace the original building erected a few years after organizing in 1882.  About 1966, under the leadership ofRev. T.C. Callahan, planning and fundraising began for the $100,000 project.  Contributions and special events brought in some funds, but bake sales featuring Bertha Stallworth’s sweet potato pie were the major fundraiser.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Sweet Potato Pie Recipe, Black History Month, Bertha Stallworth

Theresa Robinson Helms

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Theresa Robinson was born on March 7, 1912, in Narcoossee, Florida.  Her father John owned a 10 acre orange grove.  John died before Theresa graduated from the local school but her mother was determined for her to have an education.  Since the beginning of the county, Black education up to the eighth grade was available but those who wished to go to high school had to go elsewhere.  Theresa’s mother sent her to Florida Normal College in St. Augustine, a high school level institution designed to train teachers for the Black schools.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Theresa Robinson Helms, Black History Month

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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