100 Years Ago in Osceola County

100 Years Ago in Osceola County – Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported: “Kissimmee’s Historic Landmark Destroyed By Fire Last Sunday, Old Brandow Opera House, Owned by W.B. Makinson, Is a Total Loss”

Artifact Spotlight: The Teacher’s Desk

The one-room schoolhouse of the early 1900s was often filled with benches or desks, but one stood out from the rest: the teacher’s desk. Many times, there were too many students and children had to resort to sharing those desks, as well as books and other school items. However, the teacher’s desk was for one person: the teacher.

The Sweet Potato Pie that Built a Church

An “Osceola Sun” article headline for July 13, 1977 read, “Sweet potato pie that built a church”. In 1962, the congregation of St. Luke Baptist Church was in need of a new sanctuary to replace the original building erected a few years after organizing in 1882. About 1966, under the leadership of Rev. T.C. Callahan, planning and fundraising began for the $100,000 project. Contributions and special events brought in some funds, but bake sales featuring Bertha Stallworth’s sweet potato pie were the major fundraiser.

Theresa Robinson Helms

Theresa Robinson was born on March 7, 1912, in Narcoossee, Florida. Her father John owned a 10 acre orange grove. John died before Theresa graduated from the local school but her mother was determined for her to have an education. Since the beginning of the county, Black education up to the eighth grade was available but those who wished to go to high school had to go elsewhere. Theresa’s mother sent her to Florida Normal College in St. Augustine, a high school level institution designed to train teachers for the Black schools.

Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

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