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History on the Go

Bring the History Center to your classroom! Our History on the Go programs bring the past to life for students with short one-act plays and puppet shows performed at your school. Presentations focus on Central Florida history and encourage audience interaction. In addition to a performance by our professional actors, teachers also receive curriculum materials designed to meet Sunshine State Standards.

Please note that a mileage fee will be incurred for bookings more than 30 miles from the History Center.

Cow and Horse Pioneer Puppet Show

(Recommended for pre-K through grade 1)
Students are taken on a journey back to the early days of the Florida pioneers by “Buckaroo” and “Cowabunga.” Students learn how pioneers lived and survived on the open range. They’ll also compare the life of a pioneer with their own. Program cost: $150. Duration: 20 minutes. Maximum number of students: 100.

Habitat Hullabaloo Puppet Show

(Recommended for pre-K through grade 1)
Explore life in the swamp with Chompz the gator and Bandit the raccoon as they compare survival stories and contend with pesky pioneer Bunk Baxter. Program cost: $150. Duration: 25-30 minutes. Maximum number of students: 100.

Pioneer Portraits

(Recommended for grades 2 and up)
Students interact with five famous historical figures from Florida’s past and discover how each of these influential individuals helped shape Central Florida’s history. Program cost: $150. Duration: 30 minutes. Maximum number of students: 150.

Currently available: A visit with Bessie Coleman, Zora Neale Hurston, Clara Frye, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Ray Charles.

Cracker Family

(Recommended for grades 3 and up)
Students interact with a Florida Cracker couple and explore the lives of Florida pioneers. How did they get food, build their homes, or earn money? What was life like for their children? Have these questions and more answered by our pioneer couple. Program cost: $250. Duration: 30 minutes. Maximum number of students: 150.

First Contact: La Florida

(Recommended for grades 3 and up)
Two worlds collide as Juan Ponce de León first sets foot in Florida in the sixteenth century. Re-live and participate in the fateful introduction of European culture in Native American territory as Ponce and his Indian counterpart strive to communicate, connect, and cooperate. Program cost: $250. Duration: 30-45 minutes. Maximum number of students: 125.

Questions

For more information, contact Amanda Parish Walters, at Amanda.ParishWalters@ocfl.net or call 407-836-8376.

Orange County Public Schools are offered History on the Go programs free of charge thanks to a grant by United Arts of Central Florida. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your History on the Go program funded. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.