MAY 2019 IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF SEMMES SCHOOL, INC., AKA SEMMES HERITAGE PARK.
Looking back lest we forget the beginnings!
May 1994 A group of volunteers, citizens, students and former students rallied together with the goal of preserving Semmes 1902 one room school.
July 18, 1994 The group was incorporated as Alumni & Friends of Semmes School, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
August 25, 1994 The one room Semmes school was declared an Alabama Historical Landmark.
1998 The school was returned to its original site.
1999-Restoration Completed – A replica of Mt. Pleasant Church was built on its original site beside the school.
May 5, 2001- Dedication of the Park - May Day Celebration.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
2003 President Calvin Tanner appointed Jeanette Byrd Events Chair.
May 2003 First Annual Heritage Day-: open house, old fashioned children’s games, and square dance demonstration by special group called Square Deal Square Dancers and Music - the Deep South Dulcimers. Food-Served Wash Pot Soup and Fried Corn Bread.
September 2004 –Student Field Trips began. First student field trips were second grade classes from E. R Dickerson Elementary School and the University of Mobile History of Education class.
December- 2012-Old Fashioned Christmas Began- Carolyn Owens has served as chair since 2014.
October 2012-Selection of Camellia Maids ( Before we had the Camellia Maids, The Oakley Bells from Mobile and MGM Azalea Trail Maids assisted on Heritage Day.)
January 2013- Restoration of Camellia Festival held at Semmes Public Library. (Alice Baker has served as chair since 2016.)
May 2013- Purchase of the Log cabin for teaching purposes and historical displays.
2018 Heritage Day- Students from MGM Robotics Team and Electric Car teams were added as exhibitors. One of our goals is to not only remember the past, but look to the future.