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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Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Seminole County Public Library- Central Branch 215 N Oxford Road, Casselberry, Florida

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

The Cuban Missile Crisis in Central Florida

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the ninth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Lewis Metzger explores how the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the two world superpowers at the time, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This Cold War nuclear armed conflict was the closest the world has ever come to nuclear warfare. This program investigates the role of military installations like MCO Air

Prime Time Family Reading Time at Chickasaw Branch

Chickasaw Branch Library 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL, United States

Join Orange County Library System's Chickasaw Branch for a six-week reading and discussion program that inspires thought and conversation between children, recommended ages 5-12, and their families. Meals will be provided. Registration is required to participate online or by calling 407-835-7323. This program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Carson: Their Books Changed the World

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, Florida

This program begins in 1941, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist, writing her River of Grass book for money, not to save the Everglades. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, some of the United States' most beloved birds were well on their way to extinction due to pesticides. This program tells how Douglas restored the Everglades and Carson saved wildlife through their writings. Betty Jean Steinhouser has

Honoring Asian American Heritage and Culture

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a celebration of Central Florida's vibrant Asian American community through an exploration of traditional dance with performances by the Chinese American Association of Central Florida, Thuyen May Productions, and LTR Indian Dance. The program will have an introduction, led by Dr. Lanlan Kuang, in which the rich history and importance of performance art within the Asian diaspora will be considered. Come out

History of the Civil War in Florida

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the tenth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Join author Robert Redd on a tour of the lesser-known aspects of Florida during the Civil War in this program. Robert Redd is currently the Cultural Coordinator for the County of Volusia and was the Executive Director of the New Smyrna Museum of History. He has published six books through Arcadia Publishing on history. He holds a

Orlando Book Festival 2024

Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida

Join the Orange County Library System for a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library including panels and talks from bestselling authors all over the state and a closing keynote with award-winning author Tayari Jones. Participating authors include David Perdreira, Amar Shah, Jose Pablo Iriarte, Kim Karalius, Vanessa Montalban, Michael Regina, Ana Vecina-Suarez, Elle E. Ire, Taryn Souders, Annabelle, Tometich, Peter Raymundo, and Tayari Jones. Registration is suggested

The Art of Walt Disney

Seminole County Public Library- North Branch

Walt Disney made significant contributions to the history of animation, film, and architecture, not to mention life in Florida. This presentation offers an in-depth look at the art and life of Walt Disney and discusses his impact on the development of cartoons, short- and feature-length movies, and theme parks. Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal

Orlando Book Festival 2024: Festival Keynote with Tayari Jones

Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida

The Orange County Library System welcomes New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jone for the Orlando Book Festival's 2024 keynote address. Jones is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage. Published in 2018, An American Marriage is an Oprah's Book Club selection and also appeared in Barack Obama's summer reading list as well as his year-end roundup. The novel was awarded the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known

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

The Art of Walt Disney

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, Florida

Walt Disney made significant contributions to the history of animation, film, and architecture, not to mention life in Florida. This presentation offers an in-depth look at the art and life of Walt Disney and discusses his impact on the development of cartoons, short- and feature-length movies, and theme parks. Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal

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.

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, Florida

When Superman first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian set the bar for the future of the medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages from the start, but their portrayal has been a subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic books and asks what are their real powers? Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology

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

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

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

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