Elsie Baker

Women Veterans Day was first observed on June 12, 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of President Truman signing into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. The law enabled women to serve as permanent members in the regular Army Corps, Marine Corps, Navy, and the later formed Air Force. One of those women who called Kissimmee, Florida, her home was Elsie Ethridge Baker. Born […]

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MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

Maude Field Murphy, the only child of Thomas Malcolm Murphy and Virginia E. Field, was born on August 18, 1869, in Bordertown, New Jersey. At the age of four, Maude lost her mother and lived with her grandparents Isaac and Beulah Field, for several years. In 1886 Thomas Murphy moved to Kissimmee, Florida bringing Maude with him. That same year, Thomas married Mrs. Carolyn Cunningham, […]

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March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

The March 2021 Osceola History newsletter is now available. Click here to read the newsletter. Complete the form below to receive future newsletters and event updates delivered to your inbox.

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St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

Black History Month 2021 St. James AME Zion Church St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church has existed since Osceola County’s earliest days.  The exact year of the church’s founding varies according to available records. In the mid to late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid people to compile reports of church histories. The WPA report states St. James AME Zion was constituted […]

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