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Donnita Dampier                     FROM THE EXECUTIVE

OCHS Executive Director             DIRECTOR’S OFFICE
& History Magazine Editor-in-Chief
                                    Things are heating up quickly around Osceola, even though summer
                                    hasn’t officially begun, the hot weather is already here. The Historical
                                    Society staff has been very busy getting our summer “Make our front
                                    porch your first stop” marketing campaign going and creating a new
                                    temporary exhibit “Silver Spurs: Taking Stock” which opened on June 3rd.
                                    This exhibit is a tribute to the history of the world famous Silver Spurs
                                    Rodeo held twice a year at Osceola Heritage Park and includes a bucking
                                    chute, quadrille costumes, rodeo queen crowns, and other interesting
                                    artifacts from the Silver Spurs Riding Club’s private collection. You won’t
                                    want to miss seeing these artifacts on display and learning the story of
                                    the Silver Spurs.

                                    This year’s History Summer Camp will be such a memorable time for the
                                    lucky kids attending. They will be doing everything from canoeing the
                                    wild waters of Shingle Creek and hiking the parks many nature trails to
                                    digging for remnants of earlier civilizations and learning to survive the
                                    Florida wilderness like the early Pioneers. There may still be a few spots
                                    left if you’re interested in signing up your child. Check out our website
                                    for dates and more information.

                                    Last November the Historical Society opened the Pioneer Village at
                                    Shingle Creek at our annual Pioneer Day event. There was a fantastic
                                    turn out and the staff and board are humbled by the tremendous support
                                    we received in honor of this historic event. There is still much work to
                                    be done to complete the Pioneer Village but we have made tremendous
                                    strides over the past year. Be on the lookout for more great things to
                                    come to this historic location.

                                    In this issue of HISTORY, you can read about our partner the Kissimmee
                                    Utility Authority’s past as well as the many ways they are making our
                                    community a better place to work, live, and play. Chris Gent, KUA’s Vice
                                    President of Corporate Communications gives us an inside look into the
                                    companies many outreach programs.

                                    For up to date information on the Historical Society please follow us on
                                    Facebook. Please enjoy this issue of HISTORY and remember “History is
                                    Happening!”

                                    Send Comments or Suggestions to donnita@osceolahistory.org

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