The Charles E. Merrill Education Center

Basic overview

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The Archives serves as an important historical education center providing resources for a wide variety of education needs, including:

Black History Month

A wide variety of material is available for educational use during Black History month.

History Fair

Each year the County participates in National History Fair activities. Are you preparing an entry for the Fair? Feel free to contact us for suggestions about source material ideas related to your Clay County topic.


The Museum of Florida sponsors the fair activities throughout the state. Visit the official site.


Critical History Example

Here is an example of an old paper found at the St. Augustine Historical Society. Written without source references, it was fun to check the facts. You'll need a program that can open Word documents so you can see the annotations we have made. A Middleburg History

Ft. Heilman Curriculum

Link to Lesson Site

Ft. Heileman served as a supply depot for the United States Army during the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842. Its purpose was primarily administrative rather than defensive, but frightened settlers arrived in droves as Seminoles attacked farms in neighboring counties. The fort was never involved in a battle, but the military presence gave the local populace great psychological comfort.

This website offers primary source materials from the Library of Congress plus secondary source readings, and student activities based on those documents, for K-12 teachers. The activities are based on the Florida Sunshine State Standards.

The primary materials tell a story from establishing the fort in 1836 until it closed in 1841. The impact it had on the area was both positive and negative. Local residents carried on with their lives while over a thousand refugees camped out in miserable conditions until the fighting moved southward late in 1840.

The lesson plans provide an overview of the Seminole Wars and the role of the fort in the conflict. Readings and assignments for all but the K-2 grades refer to one or more of the primary documents, plus material from educational websites.