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Ocoee Massacre Programming

Looking for resources to help incorporate the Ocoee Election Day Massacre of 1920 into your classroom lessons? The following interactive programs are available virtually. Programs are recommended for grades 6-12.

Ocoee Election Day Massacre Virtual Workshop (grades 6-12)

Recently, Florida House Bill (HB) 1213 went into effect, requiring that the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre be included in instruction in African American history and historical events. Last year marked the 100-year anniversary of the Ocoee Massacre, which remains the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history.

The Orange County Regional History Center’s previous special exhibition, Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, examines this historical event and its lasting repercussions.

The content encourages reflection on a century of social transformation, the power of perspective, and the importance of exercising the right to vote, and asks what lessons history can inspire for moving forward.

Although the physical exhibition is no longer on display, we are offering a virtual tour experience to ensure that as many students as possible have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of this historical event.

The virtual workshop includes:
• Day 1: Pre-recorded tour of Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, led by History Center Chief Curator
• Day 2: Live Q&A discussion after the tour, led by History Center Education staff
• Accompanying lesson plan that aligns with Florida State Standards

We recommend scheduling the virtual program over two days: one class session for the virtual tour, and one class session for the live discussion. The live discussion can be facilitated through your school’s virtual platform and can be experienced by multiple classes simultaneously depending on your scheduling needs.

Cost for the virtual field trip of Yesterday, This Was Home is $100 per class.

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange County public schools on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum in a Box Option

Ocoee Election Day Massacre of 1920 (recommended for grades 6-12). This program will reflect on a century of social transformation, the importance of voting rights, and how to navigate primary sources.

Museum in a Box is an object-based, multimedia learning experience that brings the History Center into your classroom! This self-contained program is easily facilitated by teachers. Inside the box, you’ll find an audio player, along with artifacts and replicas. When you place the objects on the top of the box, an audio response will play. Over the period of a week, you can incorporate the box into your social studies curriculum and share it among your grade level.

Museum in a Box includes:
• Audio box with replicas and real artifacts
• Supplemental activities and a standard-based lesson plan
• Easy-to-clean objects with instructions and materials for disinfecting between use in each classroom
• Prerecorded, 30-minute guided tour of the History Center’s permanent exhibitions that can be incorporated into your social studies lesson before or after the Museum in a Box experience

The cost for Museum in a Box is $100 for one week, $75 for each additional week, plus shipping and handling. Boxes can be picked up and dropped off at the History Center to avoid shipping costs. For schools outside the seven-county Central Florida region, an additional week of rental is required to cover the time the box is in transit.

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County public schools on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for an Ocoee Massacre Virtual Workshop or Museum in a Box program, please click the link below.

If you have questions about booking your program, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580, or email Shannon Elliston at Shannon.Elliston@ocfl.net.

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