Oral History of Helen Michels

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Title

Oral History of Helen Michels

Alternative Title

Oral History, Michels

Subject

Oral history--United States
Sanford (Fla.)
Elementary schools
Grammar schools
Schools
Students--Florida
Palm Bay (Fla.)
Teachers--Florida
Educators--Florida
Tutors and tutoring--United States
Halfway houses
May Day (Labor holiday)--United States
Social justice--Florida
Segregation--Florida
World War II
San Juan (P.R.)

Description

Oral history interview of Helen Michels, who was born in Palm Bay, Florida, on May 4, 1936. Michels, her parents, and her thirteen siblings migrated to Sanford in 1942. She attended Sanford Grammar School, located at 301 West Seventh Street, and Seminole High School, at 1700 French Avenue. When Michels entered college, she originally began as a lab technician, but changed her major to education. Following college, she taught as a schoolteacher in Hollywood, Melbourne, and Puerto Rico. After witnessing social justice issues while teaching in Puerto Rico, Michels decided to enter into drug therapy work for about 10 years. She then became the director of a halfway house for federal prisons. Upon retirement, she moved back to Sanford. This interview was conducted by Patrick Rotton at the UCF Public History Center in Sanford, Florida, on October 23, 2012.

Abstract

Oral history interview of Helen Michels. Interview conducted by Patrick Rotton at the UCF Public History Center, in Sanford, Florida.

Table Of Contents

0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:27 Sanford Grammar School
0:05:17 Teachers and school activities
0:11:28 Layout of the school
0:12:54 School clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities
0:15:02 Memories with siblings and classmates
0:18:15 Career
0:21:38 May Day
0:22:50 High school and physical education
0:27:54 Pig'n'Whistle
0:30:3 Keeping in touch with classmates
0:32:47 School memories
0:37:01 World War II
0:39:50 Closing remarks

Creator

Rotton, Patrick
Michels, Helen

Source

Michels, Helen. Interviewed by Patrick Rotton. UCF Public History Center. October 23, 2012. Audio/video record available. UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created

2012-10-23

Date Modified

2012-10-25
2012-11-18

Has Format

Digital transcript of original 42-minute and 51-second oral history: Michels, Helen. Interviewed by Patrick Rotton. UCF Public History Center. October 23, 2012. Audio/video record available. UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.

Is Part Of

UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.
Student Museum and UCF Public History Center Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

video/mp4
application/pdf

Extent

117 MB
51.5 KB

Medium

42-minute and 51-second CD/DVD
18-page typed transcript

Language

eng

Type

Moving Image

Coverage

Sanford Grammar School, Sanford, Florida
Seminole High School, Sanford, Florida
Federal Halfway House, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Patrick Rotton and Helen Michels.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the UCF Public History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Public History Center." Public History Center, University of Central Florida. http://www.publichistorycenter.cah.ucf.edu/.
"Exhibits." Public History Center, University of Central Florida. http://www.publichistorycenter.cah.ucf.edu/exhibits.php.
"Student Museum." Seminole County Public Schools. http://www.scps.k12.fl.us/studentmuseum/Home.aspx.
"Seminole High School." Seminole High School, Seminole County Public Schools. http://www.seminolehs.scps.k12.fl.us/.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Rotton, Patrick

Interviewee

Michels, Helen

Location

UCF Public History Center, in Sanford, Florida

Original Format

1 CD/DVD

Duration

42 minutes and 51 seconds

Bit Rate/Frequency

126kbps

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