Native American notables: New exhibit at History Museum celebrates early settlers

“Osceola Natives” is the newest temporary exhibit at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum that celebrates the history and lore of Florida’s first Native American inhabitants, including the most famous tribe, the Seminoles.  

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum is transporting guests back in time to the earliest days of Florida’s rich history.

“Osceola Natives” is the newest temporary exhibit that celebrates the history and lore of Florida’s first Native American inhabitants, including the most famous tribe, the Seminoles.  

The Osceola County Historical Society recently held its grand opening reception for its latest short term-exhibit for members of the public along with its historical society members.

Through colorful artifacts and eye-catching artistic creations, the exhibit takes guests on an in-depth tour of what life was like for the many Native Americans that populated Florida long before it reached statehood. Discover the type of food the tribes ate, the housing they lived in and artwork they created. Along with highlighting contributions made by the Native American tribes, the exhibit also showcases the various struggles and hardships they faced over the passing of years.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn and better understand the role the many Native Americans tribes played in shaping not only Central Florida, but Osceola County in particular.

Osceola County is alive with Native American history and influence, chiefly in the county’s namesake.  Born William “Billy” Powell, Osceola became an important orator and influential leader to the Seminole Indian tribe until his death in 1838.

The Osceola County Historical Society encourages residents to come visit the exhibit.  Their main mission is “to preserve our local history and provide educational opportunities in an effort to foster the understanding of the area’s cultural heritage.” The many artifacts on display in the exhibit come from the Osceola County’s Historical Society’s collection as well as from private collections and local museums.

The “Osceola Natives” exhibit runs until April 14. The exhibit is family friendly and free to the public.

The Osceola County History Museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.