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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, Poetry Out Loud, Prime Time, and more.

Alert: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), some events have been cancelled or postponed. We are working 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.

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Michael Nelson


Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

Key West Public Library Auditorium 700 Fleming St, Key West, FL

The little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down by the Soviets, in an incident that was covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida. Michael

Vengeance Against Spain: Jewish Immigrants

Key West Public Library Auditorium 700 Fleming St, Key West, FL

A clandestine cell of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in Key West in the 1890s delivered weapons to the Cuban revolutionary rebels who chased the Spanish Empire out of the Americas. Jews in Key West and Tampa were drawn to the revolutionary movement led by José Martí and paralleled the Zionist cause that led to the creation of Israel. Haskell is currently executive director of Key West Literary Seminar, the nonprofit

Cancelled! Books & Libros: The Great Novel of Miami

Key West Public Library Auditorium 700 Fleming St, Key West, FL

The reality of Miami told through fiction and the debate over the "great novel of Miami," focused on works in English and Spanish: 8th Street by Douglas Fairbairn, Miami Blues by Charles Willeford, Continental Drift by Russell Banks; Miami Plugged and Viaje One Way: Snow in Miami by Juan Carlos Castillón, and Extremo Occidente by Juan Carlos Castillón. Pedro Medina León studied Literature at Florida International University and is an

Our Man in Miami

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Learn about the East Coast Railway, the railroad of Henry M. Flagler and known as the eighth wonder of the world in the early 20th-century, that opened Miami to the rest of the world.

Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism

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Learn about the development of the Florida Keys as a tourist destination as you virtually walk through the islands' history and rediscover the allure for travelers.

The African Diaspora Experience in Florida

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Learn about Florida's relationship with African descendants, from 1513 to the present, covering Florida maroons/black Seminoles, slavery, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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