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.

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Coffee and Conversations: Southern Road to Freedom

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

SpeakOUT: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Art

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

The LGBTQ Resource Center presents their first community event in their SpeakOUT series, Intersections of LGBTQIA+ Identity and Art. This panel discussion will explore how important art is to individual self-expression and the cultural ethos of a community. Presenters and scholars will examine the role of economic forces in artists' ability to create art while maintaining sustainable livelihoods, the unique experiences encountered by LGBTQIA+ artists, and how LGBTQIA+ identity intersects

Marching Forward: 60 Years After the Civil Rights

Allendale United Methodist Church 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, Florida

On July 2, the country will mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law in the United States that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Emerald Morrow, 10 Tampa Bay Emmy-award winning reporter, will moderate a conversation to explore the impact of this legislative action Florida through the personal stories of authors Bill Maxwell and Beverly

Lectures at the Ranch: Weird Florida with Eliot Kleinberg

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr., Odessa, Florida

In 1998, the original Weird Florida posited that Florida was the wackiest of all. That much weirdness called for a second volume in 2006: Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock. Now, more than two decades later, who can argue otherwise? This presentation includes a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument for Florida's transplants to become Floridians. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than

Lectures at The Ranch: What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World with Gary McKechnie

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr., Odessa, Florida

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney's undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transactions. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Coffee and Conversations: The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

During World War II and Korean War, seven brothers from a black Punta Gorda family served overseas. Yet, the family received no acclaim for over fifty years for their exploits. From a high-flying Tuskegee airman to a grunt in the Red Ball Express, the Bailey brothers' struggles in a Jim Crow south speak to the hidden and ongoing struggle to accord black Americans in their place in the military. James

Coffee and Conversations: Making a Way Out of No Way

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

Making a Way Out of No Way is a popular African-American expression. Dr. Bireda, portraying pioneer Queen Andrews answers questions posed by W.E.B DuBois regarding the agency and joy expressed by African-Americans during Jim Crow, including the values, virtues, creativity, and resilience in the community. Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over twenty-five years, she

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