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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The Ocoee Massacre

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

Ocoee is a small town in west Orange county first settled in the 1850s. On November 2, 1920, July Perry and Mose Norman, both of whom were Black, attempted to vote at the local polling stations. However, the Klu Klux Klan attacked and killed multiple Black citizens of the town. This presentation investigates the political and racial circumstances around the massacre and how it applies to Ocoee today. Dr. Vincent

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Leesburg Public Library for a first-hand account from Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood, about the history of the United States during his time from his childhood on the frontier to the 12 turbulent years from 1854-1865 that resulted in a new birth of freedom. This is a 60-minute program followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter. Mr. Wood has

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases, and airfields increased from 8 to 172

Manatees and Florida Culture

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fifth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Steve Noll shares how within the past 50 years manatees have become as much a symbol of Florida as oranges and Disney World. This program examines how and why this phenomenon has happened and how humans and manatees maintain a tense relationship in an environment in which manatees continued to be imperiled. Steve Noll, Ph.D., is

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Halifax Historical Museum 252 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL, United States

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

Henry Flagler: Florida Visionary

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

Henry Flagler was a self-made millionaire and industrialist who co-founded the Standard Oil Company. In time, the Flagler name would be more associated with the development of Florida and the construction of its railroads. He invested over $50 million in the state, most of the funds going towards the east coast of Florida through luxury resort hotels and the Florida East Coast Railway. This presentation showcases Henry Flagler's history and

The Art of Walt Disney

Seminole County Public Library- West Branch 245 N Hunt Club Blvd., Longwood, 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

BookMania! 2024

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

The Library Foundation of Martin County and The Martin County Library System host BookMania! at Jensen Beach High School on March 2. Emerging and prominent authors and writers participate in multiple panel discussions and signings across a variety of genres, including thriller and suspense, historical fiction, romantic fiction, and more. Since its inception in 1995, BookMania! has hosted over 450 emerging and best-selling authors, attracting participants from all over the

BookMania! 2024: Sea Stories—Fact and Fiction

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Kevin Sites and Earl Swift for a panel on sea survival stories both fact and fiction. Moderated by Peggy Chittum, the authors discuss themes of survival, love, loss, and redemption in unpredictable environments. Kevin Sites is an award-winning journalist and author. He has worked as a reporter for more than thirty years, half of that covering war and disaster for ABC, CNN, NBC, Yahoo News, and

BookMania! 2024: Thriller and Suspense

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Daby Kane, Armando Lucas Correa, Ana Reyes, and Megan Collins for a panel all about thrillers and suspense novels. Moderated by career bookseller Amanda Brack, the authors discuss themes of secrecy, family loyalty, and marriage, and how to craft the perfect suspenseful plot. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Darby Kane is a former trial attorney and #1 international bestseller of domestic suspense. Her debut book,

BookMania! 2024: Love, Friendship, and Ever After’s

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Kristy Woodson Harvey, Melissa Rivero, and Annabel Monaghan for a panel about love in many forms in novels . Moderated by Linda Weiksnar, the authors discuss themes of friendship, family, and true love. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including The Wedding Veil, Under the Southern Sky , and The Peachtree Bluff series,

BookMania! 2024: Historical Fiction

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Talia Carner, Patti Callahan Henry, and Katherine Reay for a panel about historical fiction . Moderated by former library foundation president Paula Hundt, the authors discuss themes of perseverance, empowerment, and escapism through historical fiction. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Talia Carner is the former publisher of Savy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women's economic forums. The Boy with the Star Tattoo is

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Seminole County Public Library- Northwest Branch 580 Green Way Blvd., Lake Mary, 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

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Seminole County Public Library- East Branch 310 N Division St., Oviedo, 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

Lives of the Parties: The History of Political Parties in the United States

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Librarian Robert Voyles to learn about the history of political parties in the United States from its founding to the current party system. This program examines the assortment of parties that have risen and fallen in the U.S.'s political history, their ideological origins, how their platforms developed over time, and the partisan struggles between them that shaped the political landscape. Registration is required to attend. Free parking is available

Indigenous Fort Caroline: The Mocama Side of the Story

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the sixth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Denise I. Bossy shares how on May 1, 1562, the French began to explore present-day Jacksonville to identify a suitable location for a potential colony. They returned in 1564 to establish Fort Caroline and in September 1565 lost a legendary battle to the Spanish for control over La Florida--a battle that occurred over and in the

Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Lecture Series: “The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans” with Cynthia Barnett

Blake Library 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, Florida

Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Ms. Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. Cynthia Barnett is

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

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