10th Annual Dine with the Departed 

Guests are spirited away to Kissimmee’s Historic Rose Hill Cemetery at the Osceola History’s 10thAnnual Dine with the Departed, the organization’s largest fundraiser. They enjoy a twilight dinner and auction amongst the resting places of some of Osceola County’s most influential “passed” residents. After dinner, guests venture out on a guided lantern-lit tour of the cemetery, where they encounter several of its current residents, who have a few lively stories to tell.

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1910 W.R. Worthington Historical Home Tour and Afternoon Soiree

St. Cloud’s “Soldier City” Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society invites you to the 1910 W.R. Worthington Historical Home Tour and Afternoon Soiree! 

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Intercession City Bible College

Built in 1924-1925, the Interocean Hotel located on Highway 17-92 seven miles south of Kissimmee, Florida; sat empty the year following completion.

It stood vacant for almost ten years until Miss Ossie England, a former teacher from Ohio and affiliated with The Household of Faith, took it over about 1934, opening it as a Bible training school for ministers and missionaries. The town name changed from Interocean City to Intercession City with residents lending moral and financial support to the institution.

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Earth-Covered School

Imagine transporting a student from the 1890’s schoolhouse at Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to a heavily populated area in Osceola County, Florida in 1980; where wild turkeys and bobcats once roamed.    What they would see would be startling.  An earth-covered school, the design borrowed from Southwest American Indian tribes; was being built to save energy.  Referred to as “The dirt school, Groundhog or Eskimo Elementary”, the name chosen was ”Reedy Creek Elementary”.

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OH! Employee Spotlight: Kayla Smith

This month’s spotlight is all about OCHS Curator and Collections Manager, Kayla Smith. Kayla began working at the Osceola County Historical Society as a volunteer in 2016 before she took the position as Curator on her birthday that same year. She spends her free time with her husband, Paul, and their son. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and teaching her son about the world. Kayla spoke with Program Director, Larissa Bixby; let’s see what she said:

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