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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Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse

Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, Florida

Museum on Main Street Voices and Votes is on view at the Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse May 25- July 13, 2024. 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

A Motion Picture Paradise! A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry

New Smyrna Museum of History 120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Often overlooked in its contribution to film history, Florida has played a key role in creating the modern entertainment industry. This presentation discusses how Florida became a "third coast" to the American film and television industries over the past one hundred years. Starting with the first film pioneers in Jacksonville during the 1900s and 1910s to South Florida's television boom during the 2000s and 2010s, Florida has inspired countless exciting

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, Florida

Post office murals are visible and enduring symbols of New Deal ideology that provide lasting evidence of governmental art patronage during the Great Depression. Not just for picking up mail or sending packages, during the 1930s post offices offered a place to meet neighbors and catch up on news. In Florida, 16 new post offices were built between 1937 and 1943, and each was decorated with murals or relief sculptures

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

New Smyrna Museum of History 120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

This presentation covers centuries of Florida's cattle ranching history, starting with the introduction of cattle and horses in the 16th century by the Spanish. Bob Stone illuminates themes of cultural identity, customs, and beliefs in this presentation that shows audiences that cattle ranching is not just a business, but a way of life and complete culture. Bob Stone is a folklorist and photographer based in Gainesville. In 2011, the Florida

Good Day Sunshine State: The Beatles in 1964 Florida

Vero Beach Museum of Art 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida

Through dozens of primary interviews, letters, photographs, and court transcripts, author Bob Kealing chronicles the Beatles' travels in this presentation through the potboiler that was 1964 Florida. Bob Kealing is the author of five books on Florida history and culture. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winning retired reporter and two-time recipient of the Edward R Murrow Award. Also a historic preservationist, Kealing is the founder of Four Florida Heritage Sites,

The Epic Journey of Naturalist and Bird Painter John James Audubon—His Life and Travels in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the eleventh program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn how the quintessential artists, woodsman, and naturalist visited Florida's shores to complete his monumental Birds of America which features many of the avian wonders of the South. Joseph Vetter celebrates his illustrated masterpieces and legendary life from the St. John's River to the Florida Keys. Joseph Vetter has been an educator for 25 years

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino- with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership,

Decisions 2024: The Florida November Ballot and Amendments Informational Session

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Leesburg Public Library and the League of Women Voters to learn about Florida's constitutional amendments on the ballot in November and Vote411.org, an online voter guide with information about the ballot. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an informed electorate. The presenter is Char Griffin, a retired systems analyst and college computer department chair. She helped create the first online

Florida’s Carolyn Beatrice Parker and the Manhattan Project

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the twelfth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Peggy Macdonald shares the life and legacy of one of Florida's own "hidden figures", Carolyn Beatrice Parker. During World War II, while she was only in her twenties, Parker worked as a research physicist with the Dayton Project, a division of the Manhattan Project. Peggy Macdonald, Ph.D. is a public historian and adjunct professor. She has

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

The History of the Ku Klux Klan in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the penultimate program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Michael Butler explores how the Ku Klux Klan was present and influential in Florida for many decades. This program provides a brief historical overview of the growth and evolution of the Ku Klux Klan in the Sunshine State from Reconstruction through the 21st century. Michael Butler, Ph.D., is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler

Florida’s Lost Attractions

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the final program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Revisit a slew of lost attractions from Florida's past with Dr. James Clark. Many lost attractions, including The Skull Kingdom, the House of Mystery, and Dixieland Amusement Park, started as roadside stops started by families as extensions of fruit stands or markets; oranges and sodas in the front, alligators and amusements in the back. The roadside attractions

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band--some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter--banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him

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

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Post office murals are visible and enduring symbols of New Deal ideology that provide lasting evidence of governmental art patronage during the Great Depression. Not just for picking up mail or sending packages, during the 1930s post offices offered a place to meet neighbors and catch up on news. In Florida, 16 new post offices were built between 1937 and 1943, and each was decorated with murals or relief sculptures

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

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

Post office murals are visible and enduring symbols of New Deal ideology that provide lasting evidence of governmental art patronage during the Great Depression. Not just for picking up mail or sending packages, during the 1930s post offices offered a place to meet neighbors and catch up on news. In Florida, 16 new post offices were built between 1937 and 1943, and each was decorated with murals or relief sculptures

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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