Florida Stories puts state’s history in the palm of your hand

By Janet Scherberger Featured image above: Evening on Seventh Avenue in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, which is among the 36 hour-long tours on Florida Humanities free Florida Stories walking tour app. Fort Pierce’s Sunrise Theatre, built for vaudeville shows in 1923. The Octagon House, a central feature of the Chautauqua Campus that drew New Yorkers interested in education to Defuniak Springs in the 1880s. A tamarind grove in Islamorada that shelters

Race relations series shines light, context on today’s tragic events

By Keith Simmons Featured image above: Screenshot images from the Long History of Race Relations in Florida virtual series. In 2020, the country experienced a number of shooting deaths of African- Americans. From Ahmaud Arbery to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Americans responded to these deaths with protests and a desire to learn about the larger cultural and social dynamics that precipitated these murders. To facilitate a better understanding of

Emergency planning readies cultural organizations for anything

By Janet Scherberger Featured image above: Emergency planning is vital for museums, libraries, historical societies, humanities nonprofits, and other cultural institutions that are the keepers of historical documents and artifacts. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida, striking fear with its 175 mph winds and bands stretching nearly as wide as the Florida peninsula. Tina Peak, director of library and historical resources at the Lake Wales Library and