Liquid Gold

Growers fight to preserve North Florida’s precious tupelo honey. By Craig Pittman Start with the golden liquid itself. Hold a jar of it up to the light and examine its beauty. Experts describe it as a light amber with a slight greenish cast. Open the top and inhale. Some call its aroma “pear-like,” and “hoppy.” Now take a taste of tupelo honey, the most magical—and most endangered—of Florida’s homegrown culinary

Flour Power

Tradition, family and pitch-perfect Cuban bread have kept an Ybor City bakery busy for more than a century. By Dalia Colon In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was in the White House, “Birth of a Nation” was No. 1 at the box office, and a gallon of gas would set you back around 15 cents. And in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood, a co-op of artisans opened a trio of bakeries, aptly naming

Here to Stay

Hurricane Ian battered my home and neighbors, but it didn’t lay a finger on my love for Pine Island. The day I started collecting my thoughts for this piece, I was waiting for an insurance adjuster to arrive and triage the wounds Hurricane Ian had inflicted a few weeks before. The Category 4 storm lingered lethally over coastal Lee County on Sept. 28, wiping out parts of Fort Myers Beach,

Footsteps from the Past

Tampa’s diverse immigrant communities cross paths in a single story. By Janet Scherberger In the late 1880s, Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood emerged as a center of Florida’s immigrant community, bringing groups together from all around the world. Many of them came from Cuba and worked in Tampa’s renowned cigar industry or provided goods and services to those who did. They established traditions and laid the foundation for the diverse cultural

A Great Escape

An enslaved Floridian’s astounding journey to freedom inspires awe, conversation—and poetry. By Janet Scherberger Editor's Note: The exhibit “Journey to Freedom: The Odyssey of Abolitionist Moses Roper” won a Secretary of State award through the Florida Main Street Awards Program.  In 1834, 19-year-old Moses Roper had already tried to escape from slavery 19 times. A forced laborer on an Apalachicola steamboat, Roper was ferociously beaten after every attempt, but undaunted,

Award-Winning Author Lauren Groff and Book + Bottle Discuss Her Recent Novels, Best Wine and Book Pairings

With the 2022 National Book Festival fast approaching, Florida Humanities is highlighting the authors and books selected to represent the Sunshine State at this year’s festival. As part of the book festival’s Route1 Reads initiative, Florida Humanities was tasked with promoting stories that illuminate the important aspects of the state and commonwealth connected by the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida.  Our Route1

FORUM Wins Big at Top Statewide Magazine Awards

FORUM, the magazine of Florida Humanities, won 16 awards at the 2022 Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards Gala on August 5 in Ponte Vedra Beach. The magazine received six first-place “Charlies,” six silver and four bronze — including a Charlie for Best Overall: Writing and sweeping the Best Writing: In-Depth Reporting category. The awards recognized outstanding writing, design and photography achievements by Florida magazines in 2021. Congratulations to the entire

The Colonel

Tampa’s “Colonel” Tom Parker made Elvis Presley the greatest pop star of all time. 
But did he ruin him as an artist? By Bob Kealing All eyes were on Elvis Presley as he strode into a press conference at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 1, 1969. Few noticed “Colonel” Tom Parker, the star’s ubiquitous 60-year-old manager, who stood to the side as Presley took a seat at
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