March into Osceola History

Pioneer Village and History Museum participate in March of Museums

The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and the Osceola County Welcome Center and Museum are among the 160 partner museums participating in the annual statewide March of Museums.

“The Pioneer Village features historic buildings from the 1800s and gives visitors a glimpse of how Osceola County’s early settlers lived,” said Kimberly Murray, executive director of the Osceola County Historical Society (OCHS).

The Village is located at 2191 Babb Road, Kissimmee. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Group tours are available (additional fees apply) and school field trips are welcome.

OCHS also operates the Welcome Center and History Center, which features award-winning exhibits showcasing 500 years of Florida history. “The Osceola County Historical Society is celebrating its 70thanniversary this year, and we welcome residents and guests to come learn more about the history of our county.”

The Welcome Center and History Museum is located at 4155 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee. Admission is free; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call to check for availability of group tours of the museum. The Welcome Center and Pioneer Village also provide access to the hiking, biking and canoeing trails in Shingle Creek Regional Park.  

Both properties also offer venue rental space for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, parties and reunions.

More information is available at www.osceolahistory.orgor call (407) 396-8644. You can also follow Osceola County Historical Society on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

The Osceola County Historical Society collects and preserves the county’s history and provides educational, research, and recreational opportunities to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area’s cultural and natural heritage through museum displays, demonstrations, interpretive programs and special events for residents and visitors.

March of Museums

The third annual March of Museums is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State throughout the month of March that celebrates the diversity of Florida’s museums and the many benefits they provide to local communities. The Department has a full listing and map of participating museums by region available at MarchofMuseums.com.

“Florida’s museums enhance the quality of life in our state by providing opportunities for learning and cultural enrichment as well as serving as important economic drivers,” said Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee.“With more than 160 participating museums, I encourage all Floridians to plan their own March of Museums by visiting and supporting the museums in their area and throughout the state this month.”

In 2017, the Department of State piloted the March of Museums initiative with museums in Tallahassee, and in 2018 it expanded to include 75 partner museums statewide. This year the initiative includes more than 160 partner museums throughout Florida.

In addition to the full listing and map of participating museums by region, MarchofMuseums.com also includes the mission, collections and/or special events each museum is hosting during the month. Visitors are encouraged to use #MarchofMuseums to share pictures from their museum visits on social media.

To learn more about March of Museums, follow along on Facebook or Twitter@MarchofMuseums or visit MarchofMuseums.com.

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