Anza Bast has been involved with the Osceola County Historical Society for over 10 years, she is a dedicated volunteer and board member who received this year’s Florida Association of Museums Outstanding Volunteer award. Anza is an invaluable resource for OCHS. Her wealth of regional knowledge and her passion for history have made her an incredible asset to the organization. Anza volunteers most of her time in the Curation and Collection Department. Larissa Bixby caught up with Anza at the Research Center at Spence Pavilion one afternoon to chat a bit about her contributions to OCHS.
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.
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.
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.
My first exposure to the Osceola County Historical Society (OCHS) and resulting enthusiastic desire to join as a member began with a story about growth…
In 2011, a community development plan was being prepared for the Narcoossee Corridor with input from local residents collected via a series of public meetings organized by the Osceola County Planning Department and District 5 Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr. As a participant, the topic of local historic preservation came to my attention when information was shared that the historic circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse was slated to be moved out to the Pioneer Village in Kissimmee.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING…you may not have considered!
Thinking about volunteering? Not sure about how to take the next step? Cautious about ‘jumping in’?Always having good intentions to volunteer in one’s community…..but always procrastinating and never following through?
Think of it another way:
“Volunteering can have surprising benefits to both your mental health and well-being”
The benefits of a few hours a week volunteering can be enormous to you, your family, your neighborhood and even your community and beyond.
As The Osceola County Historical Society grows, so does our need for volunteers. Whether you can give one hour or 30 hours a month, any service is appreciated. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and helps promote many causes in the community to make it a better place. With the expansion of our new Pioneer Village, our need for new volunteers is greater now than ever before and we’ve got a list a mile long of ways you can help.
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Topics: Volunteer Opportunities
There have been many famous mustaches throughout history. There’s Colonel Sanders and Tom Selleck, Yosemite Same and Salvador Dali. Here in Osceola County we have our own famous mustached man: the one and only Don Miers.
Long before the mustache, Don grew up in Dumont, New Jersey. At a young age, he was a hard worker—a trait he inherited from his mother. Even though Stella Miers was a single mother, she climbed the ladder to vice president at a bank in New York. In 1971, at the age of 18 years old, Don moved down to tropical St. Petersburg to attend college. Maybe it was the sun and the sand, but Florida has had a hold on him ever since. Continuing in the footsteps of his mother’s work ethic, Don became the youngest hotel manager in Howard Johnson history at the age of just 20 years old.