Author Archives: Rachel McIntee

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 Kissimmee Valley Gazette 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.

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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

The nickname “Kayo” would follow Ernest Patrick Murphy, all his life and only strangers would call him Ernest. In February, 1942;Ernest P. “Kayo” Murphy Kayo was drafted into the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famous 82nd Airborne Division, he fought for 2 ½ years in major campaigns in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations. The Purple Heart was awarded to Sgt. Murphy for wounds received at Anzio Beachhead in Italy, along with a Battlefield Commission to 2nd Lieutenant during that battle.

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

The Osceola County Historical Society 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! 

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