The Ladies Improvement Club of St. Cloud

While still in its infancy in 1910 and with a huge tent being used for church services and public gatherings, the City of St. Cloud on March 14 of that year, saw the birth of a Woman’s Club. The members dedicated themselves to civic improvements and literary advancement. By October of that year, the By Laws were changed and they became known as the Ladies Improvement Club.

Posted in History, Ladies Improvement Club, Osceola County, St. Cloud, St.Cloud Heritage Museum, Veterans Memorial Library


5 Reasons to Visit the Pioneer Village This Summer

Looking for something unique to do with family and friends this summer? Look no farther! The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is comprised of a permanent collection of 8 historic structures which once stood in different areas of Osceola County. While walking through the Pioneer Village, you’ll feel as though you are taking a stroll back in time. Here is a list of the top 5 reasons you should come visit.

Here is a list of the top 5 reasons you should come visit the Pioneer Village this summer!


Posted in Educational, Facility Rentals, Field Trips and Group Trips, History, Kid Friendly, Osceola County, Osceola History, Summer Activities, The Pioneer Village


Shingle Creek: Past and Present

Shingle Creek Regional Park at Steffee Landing recently opened a newly constructed kayak, canoe and paddle board rental facility called The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. The creek and surrounding area, to include West Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho for short), has a rich history and cultural heritage reaching back to the 1800s. Shortly after the United States Civil War, Shingle Creek became home to those seeking a new life in a warmer climate. With plenty of available resources such as food, water, and timber, as well as easy access to the trade hub that was West Lake Toho, Shingle Creek was among the earliest settlements in the greater Kissimmee area. At the turn of the 20th century, the creek’s abundant Bald Cypress trees provided timber for settlers’ houses, as well as shingles for their roofs, thus inspiring the creek’s name. Steffee Landing is uniquely situated at the confluence of the original “water highway” used by the Seminole Indians and the modern “land highway” (Hwy 192), which is a well-known tourist corridor linking Disney World to the City of Kissimmee, 10 miles away. Paddling Center visitors on canoes and kayaks passing under Highway 192 quickly become immersed in the ecological diversity and natural beauty that is Shingle Creek, experiencing what the Seminole Indians may have experienced 200 years ago.


Posted in Osceola County, Past and Present, Shingle Creek, Shingle Creek Regional Park


Mark Miller predicts (and works to shape) a bright future for Osceola County

Mark_Miller.jpgMark Miller, owner of Al-Marah Arabian Horses, whose horses graced the ring at Arabian Nights Dinner Show for years, originally considered starting Arabian Nights in Orange County. Planners working with him to create the world famous dinner show told him to consider Kissimmee instead, insisting that he would find a home in Osceola County.
Miller has lived in Central Florida since he moved to the area in 1966 to attend Rollins College, and he tells me Rodeo Diner in Kissimmee is his favorite place to eat. “I love the county’s rodeo heritage,” he says, “If you have someplace that has history like Osceola County, it’d be tragic not to preserve it.”


Posted in Al-Marah Arabian Horses, Mark Miller, Osceola County


Benefits of Volunteering

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.



Posted in Benifts of being a Volunteer, Osceola County, Volunteer, Volunteer Opportunities, Volunteering


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