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A Letter To Our Boca Raton Educators: Curating COVID-19: Boca Raton 

The Boca Raton Historical Society offers educational programs and resources to both public and private schools as well as homeschoolers throughout the academic year. Both on-site and outreach programs are available for educators. There are several resources available for educators who are seeking information and materials on local history. For more information on the programs, contact the Education Department at 561.395.6766 x107 or at education@bocahistory.org.


This living history school program uses unique teaching tools: a 1930 FEC Railway passenger station and two restored 1947 streamlined rail cars - all located at the Boca Raton Historical Society's Boca Express Train Museum.
Students are engaged through both the field experience and supplemental classroom materials. The students role-play train crew members and passengers (local pioneers) in the year 1947 as they take a "trip" on the rail cars. Students discover the impact of the railroad on Florida's history; and they develop a connection to their own local history leading to a sense of place within their own community. At the conclusion of the program, didactic activities on railway safety from Operation Lifesaver will be distributed to each student. Watch this video for a preview of Ticket To Ride!

Grades: 3 - 4 - 5
Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon
Location: Boca Express Train Museum
Group Size: 1 classroom, maximum of 25 students

The Ticket To Ride curriculum and its field experience at the Boca Express Train Museum is
- written to conform to the Florida DOE's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
- aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards
- multi-disciplinary  
- structured according to the guidelines set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
- approved by the School District of Palm Beach County.

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Great News! Ticket To Ride is approved by the School District of Palm Beach County and allows for
 funding to the Boca Express Train Museum. 
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  On the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Town Hall houses the
   history museum containing exhibits from the Historical Society's collections.
   Students will learn about historic preservation while visiting the city's first
   municipal building. The 1927 historic structure is a tremendous teaching tool
   that highlights the pre-dominate architecture of the town and echoes the story
   of Boca Raton in the early 1900s. Educational activities are an integral part of
   the tour reflecting subject-related topics.
   Written for Grades: 3-12
   Time Length: 1.5 hours
   Location: Boca Raton History Museum
   Group Size: 1 class size



After Flagler's railroad arrived in 1895, more and more settlers began to trickle into the area - a sheer wilderness! How was their everyday life different from our everyday life today? This interactive in-house field trip allows students to explore our first residents (pioneers) to the area. What was school like for the pioneer children? How did they play? What did they eat? Students will examine photos from the Boca Raton Historical Society archives as well as maps, diary entries, and artifacts (aka "thing-a-ma-jigs"!)
Grades: K -1st - 2nd or 4th
Minimum per group: 15 students
Time Length: 35 minutes (K-2) / 45 minutes (4) 
Subject Area: K-2: Social Studies / Math 
3rd - 5th: Social Studies / Language Arts / Math
Location: Classroom or History Museum




  Frank Chesebro tweets his journal entry each day... from 100 years
  ago! Discover what everyday pioneer life was like in Boca Raton by following
  Frank's Tweets.

  Follow Frank on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrankChesebro.

  Learn more about this education program by clicking to the Frank's Tweets
  webpage: www.bocahistory.org/education/frank'stweets .


These lesson plans are available free of charge to teachers or home school educators who want to enrich their Florida history curriculum. 

Hometown Histories: Boca Raton
A curriculum designed to supplement Florida history at the local level. Click on the following titles for a preview:  

    The Railroad Comes To Boca Raton                      Three Communities, One Boca Raton
    Boca Raton's Land Boom and Land Bust               Tourists Come To Boca Raton
    World War II Comes To Boca Raton

Hometown Histories: Boca Raton includes A Teachers' Guide to Boca Raton History, providing a significant amount of resource information about Boca Raton's rich history, materials for the student activities, a CD for the visual arts extensions, and the opportunity to particpate in two different field trip experiences. Contact the Education Department for these additional materials. (education@bocahistory.org or 561.395.6766 ext.107)

Our Local History
Additional lesson plans developed for educators who are seeking supplemental materials for their classroom studies:
Our Local History: Addison Mizner Leaves His Mark
Our Local History: Conflicting Interests
Our Local History: Remember When.....

Can't make it to the Boca Raton History Museum? The Museum provides on-line exhibits for cyber viewing! Remembering Pearl City is an excellent resource for learning about Boca Raton's historic African-American neighborhood and its residents. Check out other current on-line exhibits for both educators and students on the Historical Society's website  under Research/Online Exhibits


Through interviews, archival film, and more than 300 historical photographs, witness how a group of visionaries defined and helped develop this city. Hear pioneers, residents, and historians describe Boca Raton's early days and its many changes. In its brief history, this original small pioneer farming community was continually redefined: first, as an exclusive destination for the rich; then as a World War II radar training base; a 1950s family tourist destination; a religious vacation center; the birthplace of IBM personal computer; and finally as a wealthy, bustling, year round city.

This 50-minute documentary has been distributed to every media center in the Boca Raton schools.
                              If not available in your media center, contact us for your free copy!


  Books for Boca is a community-wide program developed and facilitated by the Boca
  Raton Historical Society. Corporations, organizations, and individuals participate by
  underwriting the cost of a set of books entitled A Stroll Through Boca Raton's
  Early History From A to Z
for individual school classrooms or a school library.
  Teachers may contact the Historical Society to request or suggest a sponsor for a set
  of books to be donated to their classroom or school's media center.
  A Stroll Through Boca Raton's Early History From A to Z is an excellent resource for
  the elementary (and middle) classroom. As a learning technique, A-Z works well with
 children of all ages since younger children can relate to the alphabet and pictures while older students are able to read and relate to the text. The educational children's book was written by Deborah Marraffino Rothberger in collaboration with the Boca Raton Historical Society. She has lived in Boca Raton since 1969 and has taught fourth and fifth grades for more than 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Reading (K-12).


The Boca Raton Historical Society's research library is available to all teachers (and students) for local historic research and tours. The BRHS collections contains a large variety of resources such as diaries, maps, reference books, historic photos, oral histories, city directories, etc. that can serve as primary resources and additional research materials.

The Archives Department has recently digitalized back issues of its local Newspaper Collection, (Boca Raton News, The Pelican, and The Tattler), as well as its own published Spanish River Papers. These hometown newspapers are available through the BRHS website and the Archives Department, located at Town Hall.

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