“Tools of the Trade” Special Exhibit Opens

Tools of the Trade

Osceola History will celebrate the opening of the new “Tools of the Trade” special exhibit on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum.

The exhibit features the past tools and objects used in trades such as architect, barber, dentist, farmer, homemaker, pharmacist, saddler and cobbler, and telephone operator. Some of the artifacts will look familiar to you because they are the predecessors of our modern-day items.

Earl Evans working on the harness bench at Herzberg's Saddle Shop.
Earl Evans working on the harness bench at Herzberg’s Saddle Shop.

The harness bench on display was used in Herzberg’s Saddle Shop in downtown Kissimmee. Fred Herzberg started his business in 1917 with a $100 loan from the State Bank in Kissimmee. Earl Evans began working at Herzberg’s as a teenager, earning 50 cents an hour for sweeping, cleaning and shining shoes. He later owned the business and focused his work on customizing saddles, belts, and even made about 10,000 baseball gloves. The store closed in 1998. 

Dental tools on display in Tools of the Trade exhibit.
Dental tools on display in Tools of the Trade exhibit.

The dental tools on display belonged to Dr. Cyrus Henry Sharp II, one of the first dentists in Orlando.

During the exhibit opening, visitors can watch a soap-making demonstration, and local artists will be exhibiting their work.

The “Tools of the Trade” exhibit will be on display at the History Museum through October 12, 2020. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 4155 W. Vine Street in Kissimmee. Admission is free.