Stepping in Time to the Music

Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John and Osceola High School. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line

Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s: The Completion of the Pioneer Village Schoolhouse

The Osceola County Historical Society is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. During the 25th Annual Pioneer Days, in November 2016, the Osceola County Historical Society was able to present to the public, the late 1800s replica train depot and the replica Narcoossee Schoolhouse, two of the three completed structures as part of the Expansion Project for the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

Martha Jane “Bandanna Mammy” Jones

Christened Martha Jane on the day of her birth in 1819/1820 on the Carter Plantation in Virginia. Little is known of her life until she left Richmond, Virginia in 1839, bound for Florida with a shipload of slaves. She was a servant for the wealthy, nursed the sick, and was sold over and over, finally gaining her freedom.

Kissimmee Train Wreck of 1911

The December 1, 1911 “Kissimmee Valley Gazette” reported “One of the most frightful wrecks of a passenger train ever known in this section occurred last night just as train No. 85 of the Atlantic Coast Line was entering the city limits, although no one was seriously injured except Mr. L.C. Royal, the baggage master, who was badly crushed from falling trunks.”

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