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.

Alert: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work 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.

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Maitland Public Library 501 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, 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

The Roosevelt White House

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join the Leesburg Library at the library's Meeting Room A or on Zoom to learn about the history of the Roosevelt White House presented by retired librarian Tom Wilcox. The program will be followed by Q&A. Registration is required to attend in person or on Zoom. Free parking is available in the public parking lot and garage located adjacent to the library. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

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

Florida History and Cultural Festival | The DuVals: The First Family of Florida

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the Florida History and Cultural Festival on March 23. The festival includes several museums, authors, artists, and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors. The folklorist presentation, occurring from 2:15-3:15 pm, features William Pope DuVal who was appointed the first governor of Florida in 1821. DuVal was responsible for establishing a government for Florida, creating a capital, and spreading American culture. Together with his wife Nancy

Scribbling Women in Florida

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

Scribbling Women in Florida: This program includes a dozen women authors who "ran south in agitation" to Florida, starting in the Reconstruction era through the late 20th century. We follow Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rachel Carson, as they explore the

Growing Up in the Woodstock Generation: In Song with Marc Black

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Marc Black performs sounds from growing up in the Woodstock Generation in Sounds of Woodstock. Marc Black is a singer, performer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He received the Key to Woodstock in September 2023. Registration is required to attend. 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 on

World War II Air Bases and Coast Guard Stations in Northeastern Florida

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the seventh program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Robert Mattson shares how Florida was a key strategic state in the nation's war efforts during World War II. The program provides an overview of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard bases and facilities in northeast Florida prior to and during World War II. Mattson explores a brief history of each facility and the ships and

Bloody Streets and Crooked Lines: 100 Years of Voter Suppression in Florida with James Abraham

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

From the violent and fatal 1921 election riots in Ocoee through modern redistricting issues, this presentation explores voter suppression in Florida over one hundred years and the prime figures in the struggle for full and equal access to the polls. James Abraham is a former journalist who now edits and publishes books. His Book-Broker Publishers, which he founded in 2004, has produced and edited more than 500 books in a

The Roots of Antisemitism

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Florida hosts 68 hate groups. Historically, the hatred of Jews, or antisemitism, has been the early warning signal of a society in danger. During the pandemic, hatred and racism have been on the rise for Jews, Blacks, Asians, women, and Central American immigrants. This compelling presentation showcases the genesis and tropes through the power of imagery in communicating hatred; the modern world and contemporary racist images; the challenges of the

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

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

History of the Cape and Space Program

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the eighth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Seth Mayo shares how Florida has been the nation's gateway to space for over 60 years and continues to serve that function now and into the future. This program takes attendees back in time to learn about the burgeoning space program in Florida and how it has shaped what is seen today through Mayo's own experiences covering

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

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