Author Archives: Rachel McIntee

Women’s Right to Vote

“Our Women Have the Vote” read the headlines of the September 26, 1918 “St. Cloud Tribune”.  But as quickly as they gained it, they lost it.

 The influx of Union Veterans in St. Cloud, Florida beginning in 1909, also brought wives and daughters from many of the northern states where women’s rights movements were more prevalent.  The St. Cloud Ladies Improvement Club led the charge, asking the City Council to amend the city charter so it allowed women to vote in the city elections. 

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Historical Wedding Traditions –Tossing the Bouquet

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church which is now available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

The unmarried females at the wedding gather around the bride to try to catch her bouquet.  The bride then turns her back on the group, and tosses the bouquet over her shoulder. The idea is that Fate (or Chance or Karma) will guide the bouquet into the hands of the next female to be married.

Where does this tradition come from?

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William Burroughs Makinson

Born in Hartford County, Maryland on February 23, 1864, William Burroughs Makinson was one of Osceola County’s early pioneers honored in 2011 by the Osceola County Historical Society at their annual Dine with the Departed event.  He spent the early years of his life on a farm near Baltimore with his three siblings and parents William T. and Mary L. Makinson.  In 1883, W.B. traveled by boat to Jacksonville, then by train to Sanford, Florida, finally arriving in Kissimmee on the first train to make the run from Sanford. 

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Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show: 100 Years Ago

Held annually each February, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair we are familiar with originated in the 1940s with the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Market being used as its venue.  Interrupted briefly by World War II, the fair a…

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It’s All in the Details

Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems t…

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