The Hilliard Family

James Kinchen Hilliard was born in Coffee County, Georgia on December 17, 1852.  He lost his father in 1863 during the War Between the States.  Perhaps to ease the burden of his mother, who was left to rear some of his eleven siblings, James headed to Texas at the age of fourteen. For nine years he roamed the central west encountering Indians and buffalo and gathering tales of his experiences.

Posted in Dine with the Departed, History, Osceola County, Pioneer Family


Painting for the Holidays: Art in the Archives

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.

Posted in Art in the Archives, Osceola County, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum


2017 History Magazine Winter Edition

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.

Posted in 2017 History Magazine Winter Edition, Osceola County, Volunteer Opportunities


October 2017: Recap of Events

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.

Posted in 1800s Historic Replica Church, Osceola County, Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Venue Rentals


Sweet Potato Cake Recipe

Everyone is familiar with sweet potato pie, but have you ever made a sweet potato cake?  The following recipe was printed in the local newspaper in 1917.

Posted in Osceola County, Recipe, Sweet Potato Cake, Thanksgiving


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