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

Hurricane!

LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library 200 W Park Ave., Tallahassee, Florida

Study major events in Florida history, and there's a good chance a hurricane was involved. Learn how these amazing but devastating weather machines work and how they have affected Florida, with a special focus on the great 1928 storm, the subject of the award-winning book Black Cloud. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Matheson Museum

Matheson History Museum 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" is on view at the Matheson History Museum July 20-September 7, 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 that continue to

Opening Reception for “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”

Matheson History Museum 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL

Join the Matheson Museum of History for a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and tour of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America on view through September 7. The museum will be open to the public 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and visitors are welcome to stop by to tour the exhibit any time during those hours. The grand ribbon cutting and remarks will be held at 2 pm. Parking is available in the museum's

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Amazing Influence on Florida Architecture

Virtual/Online

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered by many to be America's greatest architect. Although most of his buildings were constructed in the American Midwest, many Floridians are surprised to learn of his vast work and influence on the state, boasting the Prairies-style buildings east of Illinois. This entertaining program gives the audience an in-depth understanding of this remarkable part of Florida's architectural history. Widely regarded as one of the foremost chronicles

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

Only in Florida

West Boynton Branch Library 9451 Jog Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida

If you are a human, you have a story to tell. This one-of-a-kind presentation, based on Dr. Neile's public radio segment and book Only in Florida: Why Did the Manatee Cross the Road and Other True Tales, discusses true, quintessentially Florida stories and why these stories matter. A guide to identifying and sharing personal stories will be included in this engaging and educational presentation. Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., M.F.A., has

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

[MEMBER EVENT] Behind The Beatles: Bringing History to a Modern Audience

Virtual

During this exclusive member-only event, we will explore the creative process behind bringing The Beatles to a modern audience. Bob Kealing, author of Good Day Sunshine: How the Beatles Rocked Florida, and Mark Allen, Beatles performer and Liverpool Live band manager, will delve into the ways that their research and deep historical knowledge inspired both publication and performance. To join us for the conversation, please contact Mara Utterback at [email protected]

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

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,

Florida 2100 Podcast Launch

Alvin Sherman Library 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University's Department of Humanities and Politics, in collaboration with the Xavier Cortada Foundation, hosts an exciting afternoon to celebrate the launch of the Florida 2100 podcast. Florida 2100 is a speculative podcast series set in the year 2100 offering an immersive exploration of Florida's vibrant cultural history from a future-facing perspective. The podcast launch event features two distinguished guest speakers: Xavier Cortda, an acclaimed artist, professor, and founder

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

St. Augustine and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Markland House, Flagler College

The St. Augustine Historical Society Fall Speaker Series presents a civil rights lecture by Dr. Michael Butler. St. Augustine and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2024 at 7 pm at the Markland House, Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. The civil rights movement in St. Augustine drew international attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. twice visited the city in 1964. But

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Cape Coral Lee County Public Library

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is on view at the Cape Coral Lee County Public Library September 14- November 8, 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

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

[EXHIBIT] Weathering the Storm: Political Cartoons from the Early 20th Century

Jose Tovar House at the Oldest House Museum Complex

The St. Augustine Historical Society is hosting a new exhibit, opening on September 14, 2024 and running through January 12, 2025. Weathering the Storm: Political Cartoons from the Early 20th Century, is designed to expose Floridians to political cartoons printed in newspapers from a century's past and the impact they had on Florida's voting issues and voting rights. The exhibit will accompany lectures through the 2024 election season as a

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