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Educational Programs 

The Citrus County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum are pleased to annouce the 2020 Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series funded in part by the Florida Humanities Council

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is proud to present quality education programs for K-12th grade students. The programs are designed to complement your curriculum, meet Sunshine State Standards, and offer a variety of activities during your Museum experience. Special exhibitions may be offered throughout the year. Please call for details.

The purpose of the hands-on activities and the importance of the actual documents and artifacts bring relevance to the experience. Students discover the secrets of Citrus County's past as tour guides present the facts and folklore of the region in an active and creative manner for classes of all ages.

Book Your Tour Today

Call The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum at 352-341-6428 or 352-341-6429 or email lindsey.gilbert@citrusbocc.com

Please be prepared to provide your name, school or group name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, grade level, number of students and adults expected, preferred dates, and any special needs.

We request that you call at least one month in advance of your desired program date to make your reservation. Once you have scheduled your program, you will receive a pre-visit package by mail.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum makes available at no charge seven traveling resource trunks for teachers to check out during the school year. An extension of the museum experience, these trunks bring resources to the classroom and include lesson plans, activities, transparency, handouts already copied for students, historic photographs, replicated pre-historic tools, time-lines, videos and much, much more. Subject areas include the following:

1. Florida Report Resources
2. Archaeology and Native American History ­ Prehistoric Period
3. Archaeology and Native American ­ Historic Period
4. Archives, teaching with primary and secondary source documents
5. Folklife & Folklore
6. Architecture
7. African American History


Museum Etiquette

  • Look with your eyes and not with your hands. Your hands have natural oils on them which can damage the Museum’s “artifacts”.
  • Walk, DO NOT run, in the building.
  • Do not go behind roped off areas.
  • Speak with a quiet voice.
  • Remain with your chaperone and your group.
  • Remember our docents (guides) are volunteers, which means they are not paid for the work they do. Please treat them with courtesy and respect.
  • Listen when the Museum docent is speaking. He/she has a lot of information to share.
  • Raise your hand to get the attention of your docent.
  • Please feel free to ask questions.
  • Print Museum Etiquette Here

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

Tours MUST start on time. Please be ready to leave your school on time so that you arrive at the Museum 10 minutes before your scheduled tour time. This will ensure that your group has sufficient time to tour the entire Museum.
A confirmation will be sent to you 10 days prior to your visit.

GETTING READY

SUPERVISION: *A minimum of one supervising adult for
every ten students/children is required.

Teachers should be sure all chaperones understand their duties before the visit.

Chaperones should:

  • supervise their group and maintain order.
  • stay with their students at all times and help them move quietly through the museum.
  • assist the teacher and docent in providing a positive learning experience.

Please ask chaperones to monitor the entrance to the gift shop so that no more than ten students are shopping at one time.
GUIDELINES

  1. DO NOT run in the Museum
  2. DO NOT touch anything on display unless you are instructed to do so.
  3. DO NOT chew gum, eat or drink in the Museum.
  4. DO NOT talk loudly, yell or shout in the Museum.

The above rules apply to students AND their chaperones!
These rules help make everyone’s visit an enjoyable experience, and at the same time helps protect the artifacts for future visitors to study and admire.

PARKING
Buses School buses may park in the public Parking lot on the east side of the Old Courthouse. Cars Chaperones are welcome to park in the parking lot on the east side of the Old Courthouse, or parallel park around Courthouse Square.

PICNIC FACILITIES
Open grassy areas are available for fair weather lunches. There are no picnic tables at the Museum.
Located on the water, Wallace Brooks Park is approximately 3/4 of a mile northeast of the museum at the intersection of Dampier Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The park has picnic and playground facilities.

Print Information for School Groups Here

Call the Museum at 352-341-6429 or 352-341-6428 or e-mail us lindsey.glibert@citrusbocc.com


Adult Educational Programs

County Then and Now: Neighborhood Snapshots

The Citrus County Historical Society and photographer Rebecca Pujals-Jones are proud to present the first Neighborhood Snapshots photography program at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. The second Thursday of every month from May 2019-December 2019 is your opportunity to delve in the history of Citrus County while participating in a fun, skill-building photography workshop. Sessions are intended for all skill levels. Particpants must be at least 18 years old.

Each two-hour session is $25/person and includes professional instruction, access to Historical Society photo archives and dark room, and supplies for printing. Space is limited to 10 participants per session so please register early-registration by the first of the month is strongly encouraged. Sign-up for all 8 sessions and get a 10% discount on registration fees! Each additional session you attend will provide opportunities to build your photography skills and practice new and old techniques. Activites include sharing old photos for group discussion, digital and dark room photo development/printing, learning preservation and archiving techniques for photographs, go on photo walks and "field trips" throughout the county, and finally, participants will be invited to share their artwork in a new exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in 2020. Register at our online shop or call 352-341-6428.

The Citrus County Historical Society is calling on all residents and visitors to Citrus County to bring in their historic photographs for digitization during the program. You keep all your original photos of course! Staff and volunteers at the museum will create a digital copy of your photographs to be added to the historic archives and enjoyed by future generations. Any photos of Citrus County between 1850-1970 including county buildings, parks, beaches, monuments, landmarks, past events, festivals, parades, farms, factories, people, and places are welcome! If you have any photographs you would like added to the Citrus County Historical Archives to be preserved for future generations please call 352-341-6428 or email Lindsey G. Hinnrichs at lindsey.gilbert@citrusbocc.com.

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