Defining Florida’s Quality of Life at 2019 Future of Florida Forum

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Arts and culture are vital to the future of Florida, and play a key role in why more than 900 people are moving to Florida every day. Florida’s hidden gems will take center stage during

Florida Supreme Court Justice E.C. Perry decided to accept a nomination to the court because it was a way to serve Florida.

Letter from the Editor

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Finding my Florida, and yours If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so hard to define what it means to be a Floridian, you might consider this: In the time it takes to drive south down

What we’re reading

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Joseph Harbaugh, incoming chairman of the board of the Florida Humanities Council and dean emeritus of the Nova Southeastern University College of Law, reads nearly all his books on a Kindle, allowing him “to move

Peter Meinke, Old Homes

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Peter Meinke recites his poem, “Old Houses.”

The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

August 24, 2019 – December 8, 2019 Museum of Science and History (Jacksonville, FL) A traveling exhibition that seeks to spark an honest conversation about the legacy of racial injustice in America today. Developed in

Synchronica::Framing Time

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

June 28, 2019 – January 4, 2020 The Galleries at Historic Thomas Center Synchronica::Framing Time, is an exhibition of 150 photo self-portraits and peer-portraits of young adults made in the same, broad place and ‘moment

The Sage Project Phase II: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

April 12-August 31, 2019 Winter Park, FL On April 12, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center unveiled 17 new portraits and living histories of their most senior residents – now in their 80s and 90s –

The North Miami Project

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

April 11, 2019 – August 30, 2019 North Miami Public Library The North Miami Memory Project is an interactive exhibit and lecture series that documents Miami’s past through framed photographs of the 1940s-1960s courtesy of

For the Love of Florida: Introducing Lindsey Morrison, FHC Grants Coordinator

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

As a seventh-generation Floridian growing up on the Gulf Coast, a love for Florida’s diverse cultural heritage and natural landscape runs deep in my soul. If you didn’t know where I was as a kid,

Letter from the Editor

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Igniting a spark in the center of it all Take a look at an historic photograph of any American downtown, be it little more than a village’s dusty crossroads or the heart of a growing

What We’re Reading

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

In each issue of FORUM, we share the joy of reading with a book suggestion by a Florida book lover. In this issue, Jill Rourke, head librarian at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, recommends two

What we’re watching

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Looking for something to watch tonight? The Florida Humanities Council’s video archives are filled with gems worth seeing — or hearing — again. These two short videos and one podcast (below), created with the support

Christmases-past were Florida style!

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, and contraband bottles of whisky washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases-past in Florida. Over the years, despite frontier hardships, wars and storms, folks have found distinctive ways to celebrate

Crossroads: Change in Rural America

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes led to

New Board Members – Fall 2018

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

The Florida Humanities Council is excited to announce five new board members. These individuals started their board tenure in September 2018. Each member will serve until September 2021, with an option to renew for an

Lay of the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Dec. 11, 2018–Apr. 14, 2019 Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is proud to announce a collaborative exhibition with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, a legacy five centuries in

Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Nov. 13, 2018–Mar. 24, 2019 Boca Raton Museum of Art The most comprehensive and all-embracing Florida themed show of its kind, Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State presents a remarkable assemblage of

On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inaugurations

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Dec. 4, 2018–Mar. 10, 2019 Florida Historic Capitol Museum The On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inaugurations exhibition opens to the public on December 4, 2018 and will be on display through March 10, 2019.

Insiders’ Florida

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Discovering the heart of Tallahassee Whether you’re a visitor or longtime resident, this capital city may surprise you By Susan Cerulean On a bitter January night in 1982, I motored north from Gainesville to begin

For the love of… pickleball?

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Florida seniors are not just watching sports, they’re playing in ever-greater numbers By Jon Wilson THE VILLAGES — Pickleball. Come on, is that a serious sport? In a word: Very. But what a name. More

Heritage Kitchen

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

In 1905, Casimiro Hernandez Sr., began selling Cuban sandwiches and cafe con leche to the legions of his cigar-making compatriots who lived and worked nearby, but who longed for a taste of their native island,

What we’re watching

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Looking for something to watch tonight? The Florida Humanities Archives is full of resources to watch, read and hear. Among them are videos produced with FHC support. “In Their Own Words: Perseverance and Resilience in

What we’re reading

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Florida In each issue, FORUM celebrates the joy of reading by offering a favorite book to consider. In this issue, Sally Bradshaw, owner of Tallahassee’s Midtown Reader book store, recommends Florida, by Lauren Groff, published

A State of Wonder

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

FLORIDA State of Wonder Sarasota sunset Searching for one thing and finding another By Rob Rutan My wife and I had been in the Sarasota area for three days when I awoke one morning with

Letter from the Editor

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Exploring our connections Francie Nolan, 11 years old, sits reading in her favorite place, the fire escape outside her coldwater flat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If there was ever a better heroine for a bookish child

Heritage Kitchen

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

A Taste of History 250 years after the first Minorcans arrived on Florida’s shores, we look at the vibrant food and traditions they’ve kept alive — and meet a family still doing so today. It’s

What we’re reading

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

The Razor’s Edge In each issue, FORUM will celebrate the joy of reading by offering a favorite book to consider. To suggest a book of your own, please email jlevine@flahum.org. This issue, Tyler Tarrant, FHC

Letter from the Editor

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Capturing Florida’s unfolding story At the risk of sounding like an Academy Awards speech, I feel both amazed and thankful to be writing this, my first letter as the new editor of FORUM magazine. Amazed,

What we’re watching

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Looking for something to watch tonight? The Florida Humanities Council’s archives are full of must-see documentaries that will captivate and inform you about the state’s history and culture. The Florida Dream traces our state’s transformation

Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to Florida

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

This week, “Hometown Teams” begins to tour Florida. Created by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service, the program brings Smithsonian-curated exhibits to small towns across the United States. Hometown Teams focuses on the role of

Partner Spotlight: Lake Wales Museum

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Curious about partnership opportunities? Monica Pierce of the Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center describes some of the programs FHC and and the Lake Wales Museum have partnered on over the past several years. As

A New Window to the Past

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

By: Cindy Bear, Guest Contributor In 1926 one person prevented the final destruction of a massive sand mound used as a burial place by the Calusa people from about A.D. 1000 to 1700. Now, the

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Joseph Cofield The Florida Humanities Council partners with The Telling Project, a national effort to bring veterans’ stories of military service to local communities. “Telling: Southwest Florida” features four veterans from

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Remembering Mike Gannon Michael Gannon’s remarkable life touched many thousands of Floridians. A school dropout who grew up in historic St. Augustine, he went on to become an eminent Florida historian. Along the way he

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Timothy Durham The Florida Humanities Council partners with The Telling Project, a national effort to bring veterans’ stories of military service to local communities. “Telling: Southwest Florida” features five veterans from

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Jason Calabrese Below is one of the poems Jason wrote about his military experience. The Shores and Shoals of Iraq From Baghdad’s straights to Port Fallujah, the tides of the past

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Florida Students Recite Poetry On Saturday, March 11, nearly fifty students representing schools and districts across the state gathered in Tampa for the state’s Poetry Out Loud competition. These young poets practiced their craft for

How do the humanities anchor democracy?

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

How do the humanities anchor democracy? We may live in a STEM-focused world, but the humanities remain crucial in helping us understand one another. And that is key to sustaining our democracy, writes Steve Seibert,

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Race and Change: The Florida Experience Read how Kitty Oliver, a veteran South Florida journalist, author, oral historian, jazz singer, and university professor, was inspired to collect the personal stories of Floridians from many cultures

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida “It seemed to me that my first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” wrote Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a journalist who left Upstate New

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

How a worldly little lime found fame in Florida After a winding journey some 500 years ago, a small, tart lime arrived in the Florida Keys. It had started out in southern Asia and was

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Florida Stories Walking Tours Listen. These streets have stories to tell. Take a stroll through history with our free walking tours as your guide. Just download our Florida Stories walking tour app to your phone

This postcard reveals a bustling scene of hundreds of Ybor City cigar makers.

A Historian’s Dreamland

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

By Gary R. Mormino In 1977, Ybor City was in steep decline. Few of the original inhabitants of this once-vibrant ethnic community remained. Seventh Avenue was a shadow of the thriving commercial center of years

Meet Zora

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Who was Zora Neale Hurston? Get to know this singular woman, author of one of Florida’s greatest novels, Their Eyes Were Watching God; an independent spirit who didn’t let 1930s-era racial and socioeconomic obstacles stifle

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

What is a Florida Cracker? Florida folk singers will tell you all about the tough Scots-Irish pioneers who tamed the Florida frontier. They are the great grandparents of today’s Crackers. What did they eat and

How Florida became the state to watch

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Over the past half century, Florida has changed from solidly Democratic to a two-party state that media, candidates, and analysts watch closely to see which way the nation’s political winds will blow. How did this

After War: Surviving at Home

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Scott Owens served nearly nine years as an infantryman with the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division, including two tours in Iraq. Injured during a fire fight, he lives with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD.

How did Florida’s Highwaymen artists succeed despite segregation?

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

As Florida’s population boomed in the 1950s, 26 African Americans—all self-taught landscape painters—succeeded despite Jim Crow racial and cultural barriers. They painted and sold idyllic depictions of natural Florida door-to-door and from the trunks of

The REAL first Thanksgiving feast? Hint: not turkey

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

Does history depend on who writes it? We honor the Pilgrims on Thanksgiving. But Florida historians say that America’s REAL first feast took place more than a half century before—and was a whole different story

Don’t share this with your friends up North…unless you want company

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

This 1970s commercial—named one of the top 100 TV spots of all time—tantalized people in snow country. Florida historian Gary Mormino tells us how Florida sold the sun starting in the Gilded Age. Has this

October 17 @ 7:39 am,

America’s first cowboys did not ride the Wild West We love the western cowboys of Hollywood fame. But the real first cowboys were called cowmen, and they trailblazed the piney woods, swamplands, and plains of

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