Florida Highwaymen & Civil Rights in Florida Traveling Trunk

OCHS Traveling Trunks


The Florida Highwaymen were a group of 26 African-American painters who set their own path during a time of segregation and civil inequality. Although ignored by the art community for decades, these artists created their own style and system for selling their artwork door-to-door and out of the trunks of their cars along the Florida highways. In the 1990s, their body of work was rediscovered by art historians, and they were given the name of the Florida Highwaymen.




Seminole Indian Traveling Trunk

OCHS Traveling Trunks- Seminole Indians

Who were the native peoples of Florida? How did the Seminole tribe come together? What was it like to live in the swamps of Florida? Get all these answers and more when you bring the Seminole Indian Traveling Trunk to your classroom! Students will explore the history of this proud tribe from its early beginnings to modern day. Included in this trunk are lesson plans, pictures, posters, artifacts, and more resources. History really comes to life when students have a chance to have a hands on learning experience right in their very own classroom.




Florida Cowman Traveling Trunk

OCHS Traveling Trunks- Florida Cowman


Did you know Florida was the very first state to have cattle in the U.S.? The tradition of the Florida cowman is an important part of Florida’s history! Students will explore the life of a typical Florida Cowman when you bring this Traveling Trunk to your classroom! Included in this trunk are lesson plans, pictures, posters, artifacts, and more resources.




Traveling Trunk FAQs:

How do I borrow a traveling trunk?

Email Larissa at Larissa@osceolahistory.org to reserve a traveling trunk.

What information do I need to request a traveling trunk? 

You will need to have an estimated rental start date in your request. You will also need to know which trunk you would like to borrow, as we only loan one out to each teacher/school at a time.

How long can I borrow a trunk?

Trunks are available on loan for up to 30 days. 

I'm not a teacher, can I still borrow a traveling trunk?

Yes, trunks can be loaned to public and private schools in Central Florida, as well as civic groups, clubs, libraries, homeschool groups, nonprofits, and higher education institutions. If you're interested, let us know!

How can I get the traveling trunk?

Trunks can be picked up, after reservation confirmation, at the Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum at 4155 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee.


Sponsored by: 

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Duke Energy.

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