OCHS Employee Spotlight: Jozef Bladek

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:

Posted in Cadman Family, Field Trips and Group Trips, OCHS Employee Spotlight, Osceola County, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum


Art in the Archives: The Artist’s Experience

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!)

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


American Red Cross: The Kissimmee Chapter

Many school children learned that Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, DC on May 21, 1881. She heard of the Swiss global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. With the beginning of World War I, the organization experienced phenomenal growth. There were 107 chapters in 1904; by 1918, 3,864 chapters had been organized.

Posted in American Red Cross, Graystone Hotel, Osceola County, Osceola County History


1800s Replica Historic Church Grand Opening

On June 7, 2017 at 10AM, the Osceola County Historical Society hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 1800s Replica Historic Church featured in the heart of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. (2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746)

Posted in Osceola County


History Month Recap

May was publicized History Month in a Proclamation presented by Osceola County and the Board of County Commissioners on May 8, 2017. " Whereas the Osceola County Historical Society publicizes May as Osceola County History Month to bring an increased awareness to the citizens of Osceola County, providing opportunities to promote preservation, appreciation, and recognition of its historical resources."

Posted in City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, History Month, Osceola County, Proclamation


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