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

Florida Cattle

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Special Exhibit: 50 Years of Theme Parks

Special Exhibit: 50 Years of Theme Parks

In 1971, Magic Kingdom opened the Main Gates to visitors from all across the country: beginning what is now known as the World’s attractions Hub. Immediately following in Disney’s footsteps, Seaworld snapped up land and began construction on their third park to open in Orlando in December 1973: ensuring “You’ll have a whale of a time.” Seeing the success of its competitors, Universal Studios opened […]

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Phil Kelley; The Bow Tie Man of Osceola

Phil Kelley; The Bow Tie Man of Osceola

Phillip “Phil” Russell Kelley didn’t always wear bow ties but beginning in the late 1950s; it appears to have become part of his regular attire. What prompted him to make the switch from a regular tie is a mystery, but Phil was definitely one of Kissimmee’s unique citizens. And with a good old Irish name like Kelley, Phil also had the “Gift of the Blarney.” […]

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