Story of “Tony the Barber”

Story of “Tony the Barber”

October 18th is a National holiday known as No Beard Day. While there is no explanation for why the Holiday exists or how it began, it is a day that celebrates a clean-shaven face. Since this Holiday is all about shaving off your beard, Osceola History thought we would dedicate a Blog to Kissimees’ very own “Tony the Barber.” Welcome To America Like 3 million […]

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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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Living History Day at Pioneer Village

Living History Day at Pioneer Village

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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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