Explore the History of Osceola County

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Visit Our Locations

Come explore the amazing history of Osceola County and life in early Florida. During an interactive tour you can experience how people lived in the late 1800s at Pioneer Village, hear fun facts (and the sounds of Florida wildlife), and see award-winning exhibits at the History Museum.

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Welcome Center & History Museum
Pioneer Village
Welcome Center & History Museum
Welcome Center & History Museum

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Monday - Tuesday

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum was created in partnership with the Osceola County Historical Society and Osceola County to share the county's rich history with locals and visitors.
Free Admission.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Monday - Tuesday

The Pioneer Village is a collection of authentic structures which once upon a time stood in different areas of Osceola County. They were carefully relocated to our present location and gently preserved to demonstrate how life was once lived before our modern times.

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Welcome Center & History Museum
Welcome Center & History Museum
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek
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Connect With Us

Donate

Founded in 1949, our mission is to preserve the rich, cultural history of Osceola County and share it with others. It is with your generosity that we have been able to showcase the area’s history for more than 70 years. Friends & Family When you become a Friend of Osceola History, you are contributing to the overall support of the organization and our ability to […]

Osceola Passport

Osceola Passport provides educational resources for teachers, homeschool families, and anyone who wants to learn more about our local culture and history. These units of study are correlated to state standards and include a lesson plan, activities, and workbooks (teacher and student editions). Through each exercise, students are encouraged to think like a historian and to consider their sources of information. The cost of each […]

Osceola History Friends & Family

When you become a Friend of Osceola History, you are contributing to the overall support of the organization and our ability to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area’s cultural and natural heritage. All Osceola History Friends & Family are recognized in the Annual Report, receive announcements for events, notices and newsletters, get a 20% gift shop discount, and enjoy free, unlimited visits to […]

Become a Volunteer

As our organization grows so does our need for volunteers, no matter what amount of time you can give, we appreciate any service. Sign up and help preserve our county’s rich history. Below is a listing of volunteer opportunities available at the History Museum and at Pioneer Village. Docent (Tour Guide): Lead guided tours of Pioneer Village. The docent will assist groups of 5-20 people […]

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It’s A Woman’s World

It’s A Woman’s World

In 2017 National Brave Day was founded to honor women empowering women. Decades before this day of recognition, one local woman, Brownie Wise, was involved in helping women through her affiliation with Tupperware and the sale of their products. Women were recruited to become representatives for “Tupperware Home Parties,” which introduced a unique way of selling their products by bringing them into the home for […]

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Honoring POW from Kissimmee

The third Friday in September was designated National POW/MIA Recognition Day in 1979. Osceola History has chosen to honor former resident and POW Malvin Wayne Samuel by sharing his story.  Early Life Born in Agency, Missouri, on November 29, 1915, to Dooley and Bessie Marie Samuel, the family moved to Kissimmee, Florida, in 1925, where Dooley began working for the post office. Malvin was one […]

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Charles W. Bressler-Pettis The Bearded Man

The origins of Beard Day are a mystery. Still, the belief is that Danish Vikings held celebrations to honor their beards as early as 800 BC. Here in Osceola County, Florida, beard contests were held in conjunction with the local rodeos. In the 1950s, Kissimmee downtown merchants were required to grow beards or else pay hefty fines – all done in the name of good […]

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