Florida Humanities Council Blog

Using FORUM magazine as the catalyst to start conversations that matter to Floridians, the FHC Blog explores humanities content designed to pique your interest.  We hope our various posts inspire you to leave your thoughts and join the conversation.  Come back each month to see what is new!

Heritage Kitchen

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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,

A State of Wonder

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

What we’re reading

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

What we’re watching

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

Letter from the Director

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

Celebrating the power of the word Words, carefully chosen and placed in the right order, convey who we are and what we value. It is no surprise that literature, poetry, and the study of languages

Letter from the Editor

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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


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Christmases-past were Florida style!

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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

February 16 @ 5:38 pm,

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


  • An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories

    Presented By Dr. Kitty Oliver A professionally-performed cabaret performance of inspirational jazz vocals* and literary stories tracing the common journey of native-born Americans and immigrants as we adapt to life in a diverse society and

  • Remembering Paradise Park

    Presented By Lu Vickers In 1949, during the days of Jim Crow, when African Americans did not have access to many of the nation’s recreation areas, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did

  • The African Diaspora Experience in Florida

    Presented By Anthony Dixon Florida has a relationship with African descendants unlike any other state. This relationship has had a direct impact on the growth of Florida. Throughout each period of Florida history there is

  • The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters

    Presented By Gary Monroe This lively PowerPoint-assisted talk relates the story of these now-acclaimed artists, who taught themselves to paint idyllic versions of the Florida landscape and sell their creations door-to-door during the height of the