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Please join our conversations about Florida. We’ll explore the stories, people, places, issues, and events that make up our cultural heritage. Read on, and add your thoughts!

  • Teacher Spotlight: Steven Hammerman

    Teacher Spotlight: Steven Hammerman Around the state of Florida, teachers go above and beyond to bring the best educational opportunities to their students. Today, we wanted to highlight one of these teachers. Do you know a K-12 teacher who deserves a spotlight? Email our Education Program Director Dr. Jacqui May.

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  • Florida Students Recite Poetry

    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 months, first competing in classrooms and later with other students. School winners then traveled to

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  • How do the humanities anchor democracy?

    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, our executive director. Read his thought-provoking essay, below. In Praise of the Humanities By Steven

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  • Race and Change: The Florida Experience

    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 as way to bridge the racial divide, promote healing, and affirm progress. Among her many

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  • How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida

    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 York in 1928 for the wilds of the Florida subtropics. Rawlings, who became one of

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  • How a worldly little lime found fame in Florida

    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 carried by Arabs across North Africa into Portugal and Spain. Explorers brought it to the

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  • Florida Stories Walking Tours Launching Soon

    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 or mobile device. You’ll meet the dreamers and adventurers, citrus farmers, cattle ranchers, families, individualists,

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  • A Historian’s Dreamland

    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 past—and ghost-like at night. But to a young historian, this weathered and wearied enclave was

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  • Meet Zora

    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 her creative genius; a folklorist who captured back-roads songs, stories, and otherwise-unrecorded lives in the

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  • Hurricane Haiku Winners

    Congratulations Haiku Winners! The public cast more than 760 ballots to select these top three winners in our Hurricane Haiku contest: We will send these poets Visa gift cards ($125 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for third) —- and feature them in our upcoming Florida Book Awards issue

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