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Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

Educator Resources

Free Professional Development for Teachers

Looking for an opportunity to develop new skills and lessons for your classroom? Join us for a professional-development workshop and earn four in-service hours! History Center educators teach various workshop sessions that incorporate content and hands-on exercises and provide the opportunity to work with others in your field to develop take-away lessons. Teachers will enjoy a catered lunch while a History Center educator facilitates the session.

Hands-On History
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.*

With little time for social studies in the classroom, teachers must get creative to make history lessons engaging and impactful. This free workshop provides strategies for incorporating objects and primary sources into your lessons to keep history active and interesting, while also providing firsthand accounts of important moments in history.


Teaching Difficult History
Saturday, February 22, 2020
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.*

Teaching our community’s history can be tough when tackling sensitive or controversial topics such as slavery, civil rights, terrorism, and current events. In this workshop, we’ll share techniques for fostering empathy, examining alternative interpretations of sources, and how to generate inquisitive and positive conversation.

*Before the workshop session, teachers will complete pre-visit activities that count toward the four in-service hours.

PD on the Go

Interested in a workshop for your whole department? Let us host a professional-development workshop at your school! Our new “PD on the Go” program provides teachers a hassle-free opportunity to earn four in-service hours. History Center educators lead a workshop in the comfort and convenience of your school.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please register at thehistorycenter.org or contact Shannon Elliston at Shannon.Elliston@ocfl.net or 407-836-8580 for more information.

Lesson Plan Downloads

Heritage Series

• 2019 Time Travelers’ Gazette
• 2018 Black History/Women’s History Booklet (Bilingual)
• 2017 Hispanic Heritage Booklet (English)
• 2017 Hispanic Heritage Booklet (Spanish)
• 2017 African American Inventors & Innovators (English-only)

Field Trips

• Kindergarten Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 1-2 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 3-5 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 6-12 Field Trip Lesson Plans

History on the Go – Play Lesson Plans

• Cow & Horse Lesson Plan
• Cracker Family Lesson Plan
• First Contact: La Florida Lesson Plan
• Habitat Hullabaloo Lesson Plan
• Pioneer Portraits Lesson Plan

History on the Go – Teach-In Lesson Plans

• Teach-in Fighting for Florida Lesson Plan
• Teach-in Native American Lesson Plan

The History Center offers helpful resources for educators. Check this page often for new additions and changes!