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.

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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?

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Historic Cemeteries as Outdoor Museums Sponsored by Gatorland

Join the Osceola County Historical Society and the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Friday, February  24, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm for an educational presentation on Historic Cemeteries. 

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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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Fashion Rewind Opening Reception

Join us for the Opening Reception of the Fashion Rewind Temporary Exhibit. This exhibit opening is FREE to the general public and Osceola County Historical Society Members. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided on February 21, 2018 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum.

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