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Touch table at the Tampa Bay History Center

Bring some hands-on history into your classroom!

Our History-to-Go kits offer engaging, primary source-based activities that will help your students improve their historical thinking skills. Filled with cultural artifacts, historic photographs and other learning materials, History-to-Go kits are designed to supplement the study of various Florida history topics.

Our History-to-Go kits were developed by a team of educators and designed to help teachers meet Florida education standards across the curriculum. Each kit contains background information, object descriptions, and lesson plans for multiple grade levels and learning styles. Kits also contain an array of supplemental books, audio-visual materials, maps, timelines, posters, and other useful classroom tools.

Florida's First People

Discover how Florida’s first people lived, how their communities changed over time, and why they eventually disappeared.

Download Grades 3-5 Lesson Plan

Florida's Seminoles

The history of the Seminole Indians is one of resistance. This lesson focuses on adaptation, migration, and diversity amid changing circumstances.

Download Grades 3-5 Lesson Plan

Ybor City and West Tampa

Examine the story of immigration and industrialization in Ybor City and West Tampa and their role in international affairs.

Download Grades 3-5 Lesson Plan

History-to-Go Kit information


Reserving a kit

Reservation requests must be made at least three weeks in advance. Due to limited availability, we recommend that you submit your request early. Click on the blue “Reserve a Kit” button to submit your request.

Cost and payment

Cost is $25 for a two-week rental, and must be paid when you pick up your History-to-Go kit. We accept cash, credit cards and checks (payable to the Tampa Bay History Center).

A major credit card is also required, and must be presented when you pick up your kit. In the event that items are missing or damaged, your credit card will be charged a replacement fee of up to $250.

Pick up and return

History-to-Go kits can be picked up at the Visitor Services desk, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekend pick-up/drop-off arrangements may also be made. Before returning your History-to-Go kit, please check that all materials are included and carefully packed.

You are responsible for any lost or damaged items. Kits should be returned to the History Center by 5 p.m. on the due date indicated in your confirmation form. There is a late return fee of $10 per day.

Changes and cancellations

If you are unable to pick up or return your History-to-Go kit on the scheduled date, or if you decide to cancel your reservation, please call the Education Dept. immediately at (813) 675-8981.

Cancellations should be made at least one week before the scheduled pick-up date. This is essential, as we often have a waiting list of teachers anxious to use the kits.

Reserve a History-to-Go Kit

To reserve a kit, please email [email protected] or fill out the form below.

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