And Still We Rise Self-Guided Tours

Explore African American and Central Florida history with these unique mediums. And Still We Rise, Culture and Visual Conversations narrates four centuries of African American history from the first slave ships to the first African American president.

Through 67 quilts from more than 50 international artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, including those we are familiar with such as Frederick Douglass and those we are not such as Lucy Prince, the first recognized African American female poet. In addition to our American history, these story quilts include some of our Florida stories such as Bessie Coleman, Zora Neale Hurston, and Harry T. Moore.

The tour also includes The Art of the Highwaymen with stunning landscapes of Florida by artists who originally had to overcome racial and cultural barriers to sell their paintings. Celebrating Community explores our own regional cultural community history.

Self-guided tours available Monday through Friday Start time is as requested by the teacher – two hours is recommended for the tour but the teacher can determine the tour length

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Field Trips
Hours of fun and fascination await you at the Orange County Regional History Center! Find out how Central Florida’s history mirrors much of our nation’s past – explore three floors of exhibitions at our 67,000-square-foot history museum. Fully experiencing the History Center is more than just viewing historical artifacts in a gallery. We offer exhibitions, tours, and programs that trace our region’s roots back 12,000 years in unique ways.

Your Field Trip
At the History Center, groups are led by a knowledgeable docent on a journey through the exhibitions. During the tour, students experience demonstrations, hands-on activity stations, and interaction with their guide. All tours include a presentation by a costumed actor portraying a historical character and a mock trial in Courtroom B, and a science-focused butter making activity. Personalize your tour by selecting two galleries of your choice:

  • Natural Environment (includes Natural Environment, First Peoples, and First Contact)
  • Seminoles (includes Seminoles, Pioneers, Cattle, and Citrus)
  • Transportation (includes Transportation, Railroads, Tourism, Economy, WWII, and Disney)
  • Celebrating Community (African American History including slavery, civil war, reconstruction, and civil rights)

Cost
A two-hour guided tour is $7 per student. Minimum number of students: 10.

Schedule Your Program
Call the History Center Education Department at (407) 836-8580 or email Fernando Maldonado. Check your school calendar for scheduling conflicts, and then call at least 30 days prior to your desired trip date to make your reservation. Depending on group size and dates requested, multiple dates may be required for your visit. The maximum number of touring groups per day is 4 and the maximum number of students is 100. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon completion of the registration process.

Mail Your Deposit
A $50 deposit is required to reserve all programs. This deposit is refundable if we receive notice of your cancellation no less than 30 days prior to your visit. The remainder of the payment is due upon arrival at the History Center.

Arrange for Chaperones
To ensure your students are well supervised, we ask that you bring one chaperone per 10 students. Chaperones are considered to be all adults besides teachers with your group. There is no charge for the required number of chaperones or certified teachers with valid school identification. The cost for additional chaperones is $5 each.

Contact Information

Education Department
educationprograms@ocfl.net
(407) 836-8580

Field trips to the History Center are being funded through United Arts of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your field trip funded. Funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.