Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

Alert: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

Democracy in Florida: A Work in Progress with Dr. Steve Noll

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Dr. Steve Noll examines the history of democracy in Florida from Spanish colony to the present day, exploring how people have worked to improve the democratic process and insure that all people have the chance for their voice and vote to be heard. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education

Volunteer Nurses of the Civil War

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Tom Wilcox leads a presentation outlining the fascinating history of the volunteer nurses of the Civil War. The live virtual presentation will be available at the Library or via Zoom. Registration is required to attend either in person or on Zoom. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in America opening at the Leesburg Public Library on November 16, 2024. Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum

Presidential Sites in Our National Parks

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Penny Musco, freelance writer and former Artist in Residence for the Park Service's Homestead National Monument of America, presents Presidential Sites in Our National Parks. As a passionate traveler of all of the National Parks, Ms. Musco focuses on presidential sites and influence on some of the most beautiful and important land in the United States. Celebrate July 4th Week with a historical and visual view of these national treasures.

Britain’s Loyal Colonies: The American Revolution

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

As 13 of Britain's colonies declared independence in 1776, the empire's Florida colonies, East Florida and West Florida, remained loyal to King George. Eyed by American and Spanish forces alike, the Floridas were soon engulfed in war. This lecture tells the often-overlooked story of Florida in the War of Independence. David Head is an associate lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. He has published four books, including

Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Many of the events and themes that appeared on a large scale throughout the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War were also evident in Florida during its time as a US Territory, 1821 to 1845. Told through the use of historic maps, this presentation showcases how Florida was home to many important events and trends that preceded those in the American West after the Civil

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Leesburg Public Library

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is on view at the Leesburg Public Library November 16, 2024- January 11, 2025. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that

The Electoral College: Asset or Defect?

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Attendees can explore one of the most controversial aspects of American democracy: the Electoral College with public librarian Robert Voyles. Attendees can discover its historical origin, operational mechanics, and its profound impact on American elections. Mr. Voyles discusses the benefits, criticisms, questions of representation and voter disenfranchisement, and various reform proposals aimed at reshaping the Electoral College for the future. Robert Voyles is a public librarian with a Bachelor of

Design Flaws of Our Democracy

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Attendees can join the Leesburg Public Library and librarian Robert Voyles to navigate the complexities of democracy in America by delving into the flaws of the democratic process in the United States. From polarization and gridlock to limited access to political office, Mr. Voyles explores how these flaws impact the functioning of democracy and what can be done to address them. Robert Voyles is a public librarian with a Bachelor

Florida: One Month Later

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join the Leesburg Public Library and Dr. Steve Noll for an enlightening session to debrief on the month's events since the general election. With an emphasis on Florida's political landscape while considering the broader national context, Dr. Noll guides attendees for an insightful analysis. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special

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