Living History Day at Pioneer Village

Living History Day at Pioneer Village

Osceola History presents Living History Day at Pioneer Village on Saturday, February 13. We’ll be celebrating Osceola County’s cattle history with themed activities for children. See pioneer life re-enactments and tour the family homes. Demonstrations will include a Florida cow hunter, blacksmithing and rope making. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Living History Day Admission Special: Adults $8 + free admission for two children ages […]

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National Dog Day

National Dog Day

National Dog Day was created on August 26, 2004, by animal advocate Coleen Paige to bring attention to the many dogs needing adoption. Most breeds become family pets but in Florida, the cow dog is part of a working team – the cowman, his horse and his cow dog. Hernando DeSoto brought the first dogs to Florida in 1539, according to “Florida Cowman” author Joe […]

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Kempfer was first woman appointed to American National Cattlemen’s Association

Kempfer was first woman appointed to American National Cattlemen’s Association

Carolyn Teresa Reed entered the world on February 24, 1919, in Savannah, Georgia; she was the eldest of four children born to Clyde and Ethel Reed. On a visit to Florida in the mid-1940s, she met George Kempfer and knew immediately he was the man she wanted to marry. Little did she know how her life would change, being the wife of a rancher in […]

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Lawrence Silas

Lawrence Silas

Lawrence was born in Kenansville, Florida, on November 8, 1891, to former Georgia slave Tom Silas and his wife Elizabeth, the sixth of thirteen children. Because it was a rural area, Tom built a school and hired a teacher so his children could receive an education.  Upon Tom’s death in 1905, Lawrence, aged fourteen, took over his father’s estate of 160 acres. Having learned the cattle business […]

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