PUBLIC HISTORY CENTER
301 WEST 7TH ST
SANFORD, FL 32771
SELF GUIDED TOUR or
Building on tradition, the Student Museum is now home to the Public History Center
under a partnership with the University of Central Florida Department of History.
Built in 1902, this Romanesque revival style brick building has a rich history and serves as a focal point of cultural heritage in Sanford. After opening as the area’s first high school it later became a grammar school in 1911. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, it operated as the Student Museum and Center for the Social Studies, a popular field trip destination for local students guided by a curriculum on Florida history.
In July 2012, the University of Central Florida (UCF) Department of History began transforming this facility into the Public History Center. UCF students are learning skills in museum education, managing museum and archival collections, heritage tourism, and exhibit creation as they interact with Seminole County K-12 students and the surrounding community. In the future they will preserve and interpret the past at this site using emerging audio, video, and digital technologies to create engaging, interactive exhibits and programming. The center currently offers themed exhibits on the Timucua Indians, Pioneer life in early Florida, early education, and Crooms Academy, among others. Teaching gardens compliment the exhibits by offering opportunities to learn about Native American farming techniques, herbs, native Florida plants and antique roses. The building’s historic features bring to life early twentieth century history through its halls lined with historic photos and memorabilia.
By engaging life-long learning, the Public History Center will foster a closer connection between the community and the university’s innovative research projects.
Visit the Public History Center website at http://www.publichistorycenter.cah.ucf.edu/
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