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.

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Joseph Tripp Burbank

In 1915, at the age of seventy-seven, Joseph Tripp Burbank was known as the “Champion Combination Drummer of the World” according to the St. Cloud Tribune.  Born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1836, J.T., as he was later known, was one of nine children born to Jacob and Sophia Burbank.

Posted in Osceola County, Osceola History, St. Cloud, Veteran

 

Employee Spotlight – Donnita Dampier: Executive Director

 This month, Executive Director, Donnita Dampier is celebrating 11 years with the Osceola County Historical Society. Dampier has made it her mission to preserve Osceola County history and to educate the county’s residents and visitors about the area’s cultural and natural gifts. She works closely with city and county officials, and is often found championing the cause of history.

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Ernest P. “Kayo” Murphy

As a boxer in high school, he was always the smallest of the group.  The nickname “Kayo”, little brother of cartoon character Moon Mullins, was bestowed upon him.  He was born in Brooklyn, Texas; on Christmas Eve in 1916, to A.J. and Florence Murphy and had six brothers and two sisters.  The family moved to Kissimmee when Kayo was in second grade.  His childhood was spent attending local schools, enjoying summers at the old swimming hole on Mill Slough and climbing up trees to watch movies in an open air theater on the corner of Monument Avenue and the railroad tracks.  He later graduated from St. Leo Preparatory College where he excelled in sports and was inducted into the St. Leo College Athletic Hall of Fame.

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General Store, Post Office, Pioneer Day…come experience them all!

The Osceola County Historical Society will be celebrating what life was like in early Florida by hosting the 26th Annual Pioneer Day. This is always a fun time for the community to come out and enjoy the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek for free, and experience historical re-enactments and examples of daily life for pioneers. What makes this year’s event even more exciting is OCHS has added another replica building, the General Store, and we will be celebrating its grand opening at 10:30AM, November 11th during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day event!

Posted in 1800s Replica General Store, 26th Annual Pioneer Day, Osceola County

 

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