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Virtual Programs

Join the History Center from your own classroom with one of our live virtual programs! All programs can be facilitated for your entire grade level at one time and allow for live interaction with History Center staff here at the museum.

Virtual History on the Go Workshops

History Center staff will join your class for a live virtual lesson and accompanying activities. The workshop bin will rotate among the classes in your grade level, and we’ll facilitate a scheduled live virtual lesson for each classroom. Program highlights include the integration of hands-on STEM challenges and the use of museum replicas, games, and art as mediums for teaching history.

Virtual History on the Go Workshops can serve one whole grade level with Florida State Standards. It includes:
• Box of activities, games, and replicas
• Live virtual lesson taught by History Center staff
• Pre-recorded, 30-minute guided tour of the History Center’s permanent exhibitions that can be incorporated into your social studies lesson before or after your Teach-In
• Easy-to-clean objects with instructions and materials for disinfecting between use in each classroom

Available themes:

  • Florida’s Indigenous People (recommended for grades 2-4) – Learn about the culture and traditions of the Timucua and the Seminoles, as well as the impact of European colonization on Florida’s native peoples.
  • Expedition Florida (recommended for grades 4 and 5) – Learn about the European explorers’ motives for gaining control of Florida and the hardships the pioneers later faced as they fought to survive on the Florida frontier.
  • Florida’s Fight for Freedom (recommended for grades 4 and up) – Learn about Black leaders in Florida who played an important role in paving the road towards equality, as well as the history of Black communities in Florida from Fort Mose to Eatonville.

Cost for Virtual History on the Go Workshops is $150 per class.

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

All workshop themes are also available in-person. For more information visit the Outreach Programs page.

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: Prerecorded 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.

To register for a virtual 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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