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A Big Boost for the Pioneer VillagePhotoby:ChrisGent
                                                                                                                         By Margaret Wallis

The Osceola County                  replica late-1800s structures       Pioneer Village,” said Executive
           Historical Society was   on site, including a church,        Director Donnita Dampier, “We
           awarded a $500,000       schoolhouse, and train depot.       are so excited to finish these
           grant from the Florida   A screened pavilion will also be    facilities and offer new hands-
Department of State Division        added.                              on learning experiences for our
of Cultural Affairs through the     The schoolhouse will be modeled     visitors.”
Cultural Facilities grant program.  after the Narcoossee Schoolhouse    For more information about the
The organization will use the       (the original structure is          expansion and facility rentals
funds to continue the expansion     maintained in its original          available at the Osceola County
of the Pioneer Village at Shingle   location by the Narcoosee           Historical Society, please visit
Creek, and will construct three     Chapter of the Osceola County
                                    Historical Society). The church,
                                    to be represented as non-                             OCHS HISTORY MAGAZINE | 11
                                    denominational, will be modeled
                                    after St. Luke and St. Peter
                                    Episcopal Church in St. Cloud.
                                    When complete, the replica
                                    church and screened pavilion will
                                    be available for facility rentals.
                                    “The new structures will really
                                    add to the experience at the
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