Exhibitions & Events

Imagining Florida: History & Myth in the Sunshine State

Nov. 13, 2018 – Mar. 24, 2019
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Boca Raton, FL

This stunning exhibition is a major anthology of art made in and inspired by Florida and its people, places, flora, and fauna.

On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inaugurations

Dec 4, 2018 – Mar 10, 2019
Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Tallahassee, FL

This exhibition showcases the pomp and prestige of Florida’s historic inaugurations featuring artifacts, photographs, and film footage from private and public collections.

Lay of the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture

Dec 11, 2018 – Apr 14, 2019
Albin Polasek Museum
Winter Park, FL

Explore this exhibit focusing on the art of the cowmen and women unique to Florida, who have historically been called “crackers” or “cowboys.”

Crossroads: Change in Rural America, Live Oak, FL

Dec 15, 2018 – Jan 26, 2019
Live Oak Public Library
Live Oak, FL

Crossroads: Change in Rural America explores many themes that resonate with Floridians today, including identity, community, persistence and managing change.

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The Geneaology of Santa Claus

Event Date:

December 2 @ 2:00 pm

Venue:

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
1101 River Cove St
Tampa, FL 33604

Organizer:

Norma Robinson
813-935-9402
sulphurspringsmuseum14@gmail.com

Program Description:

Prof. De Chant (Religious Studies, USF) explores the evolution and cultural context of one of the great American icons, including various historical antecedents of Santa. He considers the often overlooked cosmological religious forebears of Santa, the curious myths associated with the venerated Saint Nicholas of late antiquity, and how he changed under the cultural impact of Protestantism, secularization, industrialization, and American popular culture. How did a profoundly religious figure become the “patron saint of America’s Christmas bazaar?” Complements our exhibit, “Florida Holiday Traditions.”

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