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Osceola County Historical Society Secures

$1.4 Million For Pioneer Village Expansion

Funds will support the relocation and preservation of eight historic structures

Orlando, Fla. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 County and the Osceola County Historical Society.
The Osceola County Historical Society has received
a $1.4 million grant from the Osceola County “This is an important and significant financial
Commission to be used for expansion of the Pioneer contribution that will be invaluable as we continue our
Village interactive history experience at Shingle Creek initiative to preserve Osceola Countys rich history,
Regional Park. said Donnita Dampier, Executive Director of Osceola
County Historical Society, Each dollar supports our
Four of the eight major structures to be moved are mission to educate tourists and other visitors, offering
scheduled to be relocated to the Village at the end of them an opportunity for an authentic experience about
January with the remaining half of the move occurring how our region began and evolved.
in February.
The expansion involves the relocation of eight historic Shingle Creek Regional Park is also home to the Osceola
structures, dating from the 1880s to early 1900s, and County Welcome Center and History Museum as well
which will become part of the current Pioneer Village as several other distinguished historical structures
living history exhibit at Babbs Landing. The structures including the Steffee home, the Steffee log cabin and
will join the current permanent collection of four the Steffee caretaker house.
authentic historical buildings dating back to the early
1900s. For more information, please visit:
Each building once stood in a different area of Osceola
County and has been carefully relocated and preserved Distributed by Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc.
by the Society.
222 W. Comstock Avenue, Suite 111
The grant was approved December 9, 2013 by Osceola Winter Park, Florida 32789
County commissioners and is funded through the
Osceola County Tourist Development Tax as an element
of the Destination Osceola 2022 plan to develop
the countys tourism industry. The Osceola County
Historical Society expansion project is a collaboration
between the City of Kissimmee, South Florida Water
Management, Florida Communities Trust, Osceola

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