OCHS Employee Spotlight: Larissa Bixby, Program Director

This month’s Employee Spotlight is shining on Program Director, Larissa Bixby.

Instead of my usual interview, I’ve written up a short “About Me” using the same prompts as in past Spotlight Interviews. I’ve been with the Osceola County Historical Society for two years now. I began as part time Program Coordinator and was promoted to full-time Program Director. I’m from Louisville, Kentucky, but I have lived all over the Midwestern and Southern United States in my pursuit of an education.

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Osceola Natives Temporary Exhibit

Discover the history and lore of some of the first inhabitants of Florida and their role in shaping Osceola County during the Osceola Natives Temporary Exhibit, presented by the Osceola County Historical Society. This exhibit is on display at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum from January 2, 2019 to April 14, 2019.

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The 1914 Christmas Truce

Christmas Eve 1914 began like any other day during the war, but as evening neared, singing was heard across the trenches. British soldiers were reporting that the Germans illuminated their trenches and were singing Christmas carols. This was taking place spontaneously and simultaneously down the lines. The British side soon joined in the singing and in some locations, soldiers from each side climbed from their trenches, carefully made their way into no-man’s land, and exchanged well-wishes, gifts and handshakes. Some places along the lines even reported an impromptu soccer game taking place.

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The Mapes Family

When Union Veteran John H. DeGraw arrived in St. Cloud, Florida in the fall of 1909, little did he know that when his daughter Myrtle married Victor G. Mapes, three of John’s grandsons – Victor Loris Mapes, Dana Austin Mapes and Theodore Augustus Mapes would serve their country in the 1940s, as John did over seventy-five years earlier.

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Art in the Archives Paint Night – November 21, 2018

Join us for an Art in the Archives themed paint night on November 21, 2018 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM. Take a private, after hours tour of the Osceola County History Museum and ALL NEW Suited for Service themed temporary exhibit. Art supplies, snacks and sips will be provided.

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