The Homes of Pioneer Village

The Homes of Pioneer Village

May is National Preservation Month Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek tells the story of Osceola County’s early settlers. The collection of 17 buildings includes four original homes that belonged to the Cadman, Lanier, Tyson and Partin families. The homes date from the late 1800s to the 1930s.  In observance of National Preservation Month, we would like to recognize these families and share the history of […]

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Perez photography on display at History Museum

Perez photography on display at History Museum

Osceola History is currently exhibiting the photography of Catherine Perez at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. The exhibit features photographs that complement the museum’s displays related to nature, transportation and tourism. The photography exhibit will run through January 6. The history museum is located at 4155 W. Vine Street in Kissimmee and is open daily from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. Free […]

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Italian-American Month

Italian-American Month

The Rinaldi and Sabetto families of Kissimmee When the S.S. Berlin sailed on December 6, 1912, from Naples, Italy, passengers Giovonni (John) Battista Rinaldi, age 48, and his wife, Giocondina Perugini, listed their final destination as Lake Mary, Florida. By 1930, they had moved to Kissimmee, Florida, and had six children, ages 16 to 1 month.   John engaged in truck farming with the help of […]

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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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