Hi! My name is Audrey and I am an intern for the Osceola County Historical Society’s Marketing and Development Department this summer. I am graduating from college this December and am so grateful for this opportunity to gain experience in marketing.
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It was slightly different in design but dating to the same 1890s time period as the replica schoolhouse at the Pioneer Village and two stories have emerged regarding how the school got its name. Miss Emma Yowell, one of the early teachers refers to it as “Shaker Rag” and stated in a 1940 newspaper interview that it was later known as “Pine Grove” in a 1940 newspaper.
Imagine transporting a student from the 1890’s schoolhouse at Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek to a heavily populated area in Osceola County, Florida in 1980; where wild turkeys and bobcats once roamed. What they would see would be startling. An earth-covered school, the design borrowed from Southwest American Indian tribes; was being built to save energy. Referred to as “The dirt school, Groundhog or Eskimo Elementary”, the name chosen was ”Reedy Creek Elementary”.
One of the official actions at the first School Board meeting on August 29, 1887 was to name and number the schools. # 5 was Shiloh, #7 Cross Prairie, #11 Neallo and #13 was Lakeview, to name a few. There were a total of twenty-one with #22, Merry Winter, added the following month. The salary for teachers assigned between ten and fifteen students was set at $20 a month; classes above fifteen students would result in $1.50 per student per month additional payment.
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It’s with great excitement that the Osceola County Historical Society was able to host the premiere of the Hispanic Oral History Series, Words of Pride: Living My History on April 25, 2018. This 6-person Oral History Project features Commissioner Peggy Choudhry, Maria Grulich, Bill Hansen, Lt Rafael “Ralph” Herrera, Commissioner Viviana Janer, and Hilda Perez.
General Alfred Iverson came to Kissimmee about 1881, and lived here until he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910, where he subsequently died on March 31, 1911.
Rachel McIntee joined the Osceola County Historical Society four years ago as an employee. Prior to becoming Marketing and Development Director, McIntee actually sat on the organization’s Board of Directors. When she’s not engaged in selling out the Osceola County Historical Society’s annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed, or studying for her master’s degree, McIntee enjoys spending time with her family.
Rachel answered a series of questions asked by Program Director, Larissa Bixby. Let’s get to know her a little better.
With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Osceola County Historical Society opened a new temporary exhibit, Fashion Rewind. This exhibit showcases women’s clothing from OCHS’s textile collection featuring styles from the early 1900s to the 1940s.