This week Osceola County School District will welcome its students back to the hallowed halls of classrooms all across the County. As students gear up for another year of learning, the Osceola County Historical Society is preparing the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum for field trips and independent student visits. OCHS offers many learning opportunities for students of all ages, from Living History at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to guided tours of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum complete with private art lessons inspired by the current temporary exhibit.
The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek offers visitors an in-depth look at the lives of early European settlers. Set in the late 19th century, and with a combination of original and reproduced structures, the Pioneer Village presents visitors with a comprehensive tale of how people from various walks of life survived in the wilds of Florida. Living History field trips to the Pioneer Village pair perfectly with 4th grade history curriculum. Students will “meet” early Central Florida pioneers, such as the Depot Master as he waits for the train on the Sugar Belt Railway, a Florida Cowman taking shelter in his camp, the School Master preparing his classroom for his students, and many more.
At the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, guests wander through the prehistoric swamplands with Native Americans, peer into the lives of the animals on the grasslands, and learn about two of Central Florida’s biggest industries – cattle and citrus, before strolling through "Hammock" and "Lakefront" where the people of Osceola County have made their homes. As part of the Art in the Archives field trip package to the History Museum, students will receive an exclusive painting lesson, where they will create their own works of art based on the current temporary exhibit. The featured temporary exhibit, Tin Can Tourism, focuses on tourism before the Walt Disney Company set its sights on Central Florida.
After visiting the Osceola County Welcoem Center and History Museum or Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, take a walk through the Shingle Creek Regional Park or the Steffee Nature Preserve to experience the natural wonders of Florida. The park presents visitors with a close representation of the land as early settlers would have found it.
Dates are limited, so book your field trip today!
Photo Courtesy: Larissa Bixby