Osceola County Historical Society Blog

It’s All in the Details

Posted by Kayla Smith on Feb 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems to go out of style, is the attention to detail. Adding specific elements to a garment can give it an extra flair, or make a relatively bland piece look extraordinary.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Free Admission, Osceola County Historical Society, Fashion Rewind Opening Reception, Fashion Rewind Temporary Exhibit, Fashion

Historical Wedding Traditions Part 1: Wedding Cakes

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Jan 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

Have you ever wondered why the Bride wears a white dress? Or why we eat a tiered wedding cake? Or why the Bride tosses her bouquet? Or why we host a bridal shower?

Where did these traditions come from? Why do we do them?

Join us for a multi-part mini-series as we uncover the history behind many common Wedding Traditions!

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Topics: Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County Historical Society, Venue Rentals, Wedding Traditions, Wedding Cakes

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

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

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

A Year in Review: 2016/2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Posted by Krystal Baize on Sep 22, 2017 2:35:41 PM

The Osceola County Historical Society held it’s 2016/2017 Annual Meeting last night, September 21, 2017, in the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. Guests were able to stroll through the museum before and after the presentation to soak in all of the information of this state-of-the-art immersive nature and history museum including the current Tin Can Tourism Temporary Exhibit which is on display through October 15.

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, KUA, Narcoossee, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, 2016/2017 Annual Meeting

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

Art in the Archives: The Artist's Experience

Posted by Jeannine Maassen on Jun 27, 2017 10:45:00 AM

I've attended a few of the Art in the Archives Paint Night events held at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum which are hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society, and each one has been better than the last. It gives us all a chance to pretend we are artists,  we can relax and leave all stress at the door.   No pressure.  Just do your thing and at the end of the night you just might have a masterpiece worthy to hang on the wall.  (Not in my case, but, I do enjoy trying!)

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Topics: History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Art, Art in the Archives, Tin Can Tourism

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

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. 

Remember, here you can find information on:

  • Osceola County History
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