Accomplishments: The Osceola County Historical Society opened the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek in November 2014, and the grand opening coincided with the best attended annual Pioneer Day celebration on record, with nearly 3000 residents and visitors in attendance. The organization also received two grants from the state Division of Cultural Affairs for $580,000 to continue the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Attendance is up at both the Pioneer Village and History Museum. The Narcoossee Chapter of the OCHS has gained momentum, having increased membership, as well as creating several fundraising activities in order to restore the 1886 schoolhouse. The chapter received a 2015-2016 grant from the state Division of Cultural Affairs for $26,500 to restore the schoolhouse. They also set up a one day Arts, Crafts and Farmers Market Day. Our annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed was expanded, so that we were able to have greater seating capacity thereby serving more guests.
The ultimate goal of the Osceola County Historical Society is to preserve Osceola County history and share it with community residents and visitors from all over the state, country, and world. The organization oversees the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, and the Spence Pavilion and Research Center. These three locations offer a unique glimpse into the natural and cultural history of Osceola County, and the organization's goal is to share these unique experiences with as many people as possible while serving the community's needs in a meaningful way.
Above all else, it is important for the Osceola County Historical Society to bolster its community relevance in order to best serve the county's residents and visitors. One strategy to ensure this is an emphasis on the marketing of the organization's facilities and programs. The organization hired its first Marketing and Events Director in April 2014, and as of summer 2015, attendance numbers at all locations are up.
Another way in which the organization bolsters community involvement is by providing free opportunities for residents and visitors to visit its facilities. Admission to the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum (featuring award-winning exhibits that explore Osceola County's natural, industrial, and cultural history) is always free for visitors.
The Osceola County Historical Society was founded by volunteers in 1949, and has a long history of passionate volunteer involvement. With a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of local business owners, local government staff and officials, and experts in the tourism and development industries, the organization is well-equipped to manage the construction of new facilities, evidenced by the successful completion of the first phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.
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