Historic Teacher Spotlight: Emma Viola Yowell

The replica schoolhouse at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is typical of the style that Emma Viola Yowell may have taught in.  Born in Illinois about 1862, she began her teaching career there in 1886.  After moving to Florida in 1888, Emma taught at the Athens School in Polk County, followed by a transfer to Davenport in 1889.  The move to Osceola County in 1890 was the beginning of Emma’s fifty years of service to our community.

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A Year in Review: 2016/2017 Annual Meeting Recap

The Osceola County Historical Society held it’s 2016/2017 Annual Meeting last night, September 21, 2017, in the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. Guests were able to stroll through the museum before and after the presentation to soak in all of the information of this state-of-the-art immersive nature and history museum including the current Tin Can Tourism Temporary Exhibit which is on display through October 15th.

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$80,000 Cultural Facility Grant awarded to OCHS for 1800s Replica General Store

The Osceola County Historical Society received an $80,000 Cultural Facility Grant through the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. The organization will use the state funds from this grant to continue the next phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek (2491 Babb Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746), which will include the construction and furnishing of a late-1800s replica General Store. The replica General Store is scheduled to be completed this fall and open during the 26th Annual Pioneer Day on November 11, 2017. 

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1800s Replica Historic Church Grand Opening

On June 7, 2017 at 10AM, the Osceola County Historical Society hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 1800s Replica Historic Church featured in the heart of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. (2491 Babb Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746)

The 1800s Replica Historic Church is based on St. Peters Episcopal Church. St. Peters Church was consecrated in 1898 after Lt. Colonel William Cadman took the lead in raising funds to build the church.

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Artifact Spotlight: The Pulpit

When entering a church, most eyes are drawn to the front of the building where there usually stands a pulpit. The pulpit is the focal point and perhaps one of the most important pieces of furniture.Shingle Creek Methodist Church’s pulpit finds its new home in the replica church at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The new building will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7, 2017.

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