Dine with the Departed 2018 Recap

As dusk fell over Kissimmee’s Historic Rose Hill Cemetery, guests of Osceola County Historical Society’s 9th annual Dine with the Departed sponsored by Gatorland fundraiser began to arrive.

Woman’s History Month featuring Minnie Moore Wilson

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Osceola County Historical Society, opened a new temporary exhibit, Fashion Rewind. This exhibit showcases women’s clothing from OCHS’s textile collection featuring styles from the early 1900s to the 1940s. One of the women featured in the Fashion Rewind exhibit, and a great example of the elegant and reserved style of the early 1900s, is Minnie Moore Wilson.

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. 

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?

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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