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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General Alfred Iverson Jr.

The son of Alfred Iverson Sr., a US Congressman and US Senator, Alfred Jr., never sought public office but was one of the trustees of the county bonds that were issued to build the Osceola County Courthouse and was the only one of the trustees that served until the last bond was taken up.

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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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Woman’s History Month featuring Minnie Moore Wilson

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Osceola County Historical Society, opened a new temporary exhibit, Fashion Rewind. This exhibit showcases women’s clothing from OCHS’s textile collection featuring styles from the early 1900s to the 1940s. One of the women featured in the Fashion Rewind exhibit, and a great example of the elegant and reserved style of the early 1900s, is Minnie Moore Wilson.

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Women’s Right to Vote

“Our Women Have the Vote” read the headlines of the September 26, 1918 “St. Cloud Tribune”.  But as quickly as they gained it, they lost it.

 The influx of Union Veterans in St. Cloud, Florida beginning in 1909, also brought wives and daughters from many of the northern states where women’s rights movements were more prevalent.  The St. Cloud Ladies Improvement Club led the charge, asking the City Council to amend the city charter so it allowed women to vote in the city elections. 

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