Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

Alert: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), some events have been cancelled or postponed. We are working to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

This talk will be in person. Free to the public. Please RSVP. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR's most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a 'make work' program which did not accomplish its goals - the acronym was derided as 'We Piddle Around.' The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even today, Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions created by

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

This talk will be in person. Free to the public. Please RSVP. Join us for this talk about an examination of the perceptions of women in popular culture through comic books and how this culture has changed over time. Professor emeritus and avid comic collector, Magdalena Lamarre, will give an examination of the perceptions of women in popular culture through comic books and how this culture has changed over time.

The Jim Crow Era

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

This talk will be in person. Free to the public. Please RSVP. Join us for this talk about how The Jim Crow era did more to create anti-black beliefs and feelings than slavery. Stereotypes created during the Jim Crow era are deeply embedded in the collective American consciousness and unfortunately have been internalized by many. This racial cultural conditioning of the American mind is the most destructive legacy of the

When Manatees Were Sea Cows: How Floridians Coped When Times Were Hard

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

Join us for an in-person presentation by author and journalist Janie Gould about the inventive ways Floridians put food on the table and survived during the Great Depression and its aftermath, focusing on one woman's memories of how her unemployed father kept his family afloat by collecting Spanish moss and selling it for mattress stuffing. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Lake Wales History Museum. Funding

Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

From the Barefoot Mailman to Addison Mizner and the Ashley Gang, old Florida history is brimming with fascinating characters and memorable events. Enjoy lively interpretations of some of the better-known Florida tales, as well as others you might not have encountered. Dr. Caren Neile is founding director of the South Florida Storytelling Project. Neile's teaching and research are in the fields of Intercultural, Cultural and Rhetorical Communication Studies. This event

RAIN: A history for stormy times

Lake Wales History Museum 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL

Rain connects us in all sorts of ways - as profound as prayer and art, as practical as economics, as genuine as an exchange between strangers on a stormy day. It plays a key role in civilization, religion, and art. It also allows us to talk about climate change as conversation not confrontation. Cynthia Barnett is an American journalist who specializes in the environment. She is the author of the

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