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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EXHIBITION: Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL, United States

The Orange County Regional History Center has organized a new special exhibition titled Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter "Figurehead" invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground" tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead

EXHIBITION: Following Fernando’s Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa’s “Invisible Immigrants”

Ybor City Museum State Park 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society is presenting a special exhibit on Spanish immigration that will be on display through November 2023. The exhibit is based on a semi-fictitious book by Tampa native, Tony Carreño, entitled Following Fernando's Footsteps: The Tale of Tampa's "Invisible Immigrants, which chronicles the life of a young immigrant from Asturias, Spain to Tampa via Havana, Cuba. Exhibit topics include the six phases of immigration beginning with

EXHIBITION: An Elegy to Rosewood

Hannibal Square Heritage Center 642 W New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida

Organized and curated by Curator Amy Galpin and Yady Rivero, Assistant Curator, Frost Art Museum in Miami, with Florida International University (FIU) Professor M. Alexandra Cornelius, the Creale School of Art and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Presents "An Elegy to Rosewood," an exhibition in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the Rosewood Massacre. Comprised of photographs and heirlooms from the Jenkins family, this groundbreaking exhibition explores the Jenkins family story

Motion Pictures at a Great Savings! A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry

Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St, Key West, 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 100 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 Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Hilliard Branch Public Library 15821 Co Rd 108, Hilliard, Florida

The idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other deep South states during the Civil Rights movement is a popular misconception. This presentation debunks the myth of "Florida exceptionalism" in relationship to the Black freedom struggle and demonstrates that the state experienced many of the features that characterized more well-known areas and demonstrates how this history remains relevant in modern America- for better and worse. Dr. J. Michael

Florida Humanities Director’s Book Club: “Good Day Sunshine State” by Bob Kealing

Jack Kerouac House 1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, Florida

Join Florida Humanities Executive Director Nadshid Madyun and author Bob Kealing for a discussion on Good Day Sunshine State. Alongside the music stylings of J.J. Pattishall, we will explore the musical and cultural impact of The Beatles in Florida, an important part of the revolution that helped make the "Fab Four" a worldwide phenomenon. Bob Kealing is a retired broadcast journalist based in Orlando. During his 30-year career, he received

Summer Reading 2023: Kids Read Aloud Book Club

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

The Gulfport Public Library hosts a weekly book club for kids every Friday at 3 pm. Participants take turns reading aloud from the chosen titles and get to bring the book home with them at the end of the session (quantities limited). All participants should have a second grade reading level or higher. Titles — chosen from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2023 recommended reading list — for the meetings

Elizabeth Robins Diary Podcast Listening Party

Chinsegut Hill Retreat 22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, Florida

Hear Episode 6 of The Elizabeth Robins Diary podcast one week early! Episode 6, entitled "Home of the Tangerine" features Brooksville's Jim Kimbrough. Kimbrough is a descendant of Francis Ederington, the man responsible for building the manor house at Chinsegut. The Elizabeth Robins Diary podcast explores the people and events of the 1870s through the 1950s through the lens of writer and actress Elizabeth Robins. James Henry Kimbrough is a

Summer Reading 2023: Storyteller Windell Campbell

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

Gulfport Public Library welcomes storyteller Windell Campbell for a session of storytelling and puppetry. Windell Campbell has performed at hundreds of summer reading programs and festivals throughout the south. He has also appeared at the National Storytelling Festival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are asked to call 727-893-1074 for more information. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the

Respect: Soul Music in the Civil Rights Movement

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center 102 M L King Ave, Saint Augustine, FL

Join the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center for five days of history, culture, food, and fun in the nation's oldest city from June 15 to 19. "Respect: Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement" kicks off the festivities on June 15 at 4:00 pm. Gospel and folk music were important in the struggle for equality, but soul music also inspired and united Americans. Soul artists like Aretha Franklin and Florida's

Summer Reading 2023: Storytelling with a Beat

DeSoto County Library 125 N Hillsborough Ave, Arcadia, Florida

DeSoto County Library presents "Storytelling with a Beat" featuring local musician and former educator Krissy Constantino. Krissy Constantino presents a musical interpretation of the book Music is Everything by Ziggy Marley, focusing on how music brings everyone together followed by a hands-on activity to create musical instruments from everyday objects. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department

Eighth Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Knowing, Remembering, and Shifting the Narrative

Hannibal Square Heritage Center 642 W New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida

The Crealde School of Art and Hannibal Square Heritage Center hosts the eighth annual "Juneteenth Celebration: Knowing, Remembering, and Shifting the Narrative" at the Winter Park Community Center. The event celebrates the ending of slavery on June 19, 1865, and connects to the concurrent bilingual exhibition "An Elegy to Rosewood" on view at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The Juneteenth Celebration addresses systemic racism, the impact of lost local black

A. Philip Randolph Day Juneteenth Celebration

Jethro First Baptist Church 101 S Summit St, Crescent City, Florida

The Crescent City Juneteenth Committee and Jethro First Baptist Church is holding its 11th Annual Juneteenth and A. Philip Randolph Celebration from June 16th to June 18th. On June 18th, as part of the festival, Dr. David Jamison will discuss the "Highway 17 North Heritage Trail Project" and the importance of creating and maintaining African American heritage sites and markers. This lecture is one of several events leading up to

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

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. Admission is free. Registration is suggested but not required to attend. Bob Stone is

To Dream of Florida with Gary R. Mormino and Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Tombolo Books 2153 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Florida Humanities for a conversation with two award-winning authors who examine the treasure that is the "Florida Dream." Renowned historian Gary R Mormino's Dreams of a New Century: Cities, Shatteres Hopes, and Florida's Turning Point (University Press of Florida, 2022) recounts the dream revealed in the 2000s. Best-selling children's author Christina Diaz Gonzalez provides a youthful account of a child's quest to become a man in his journey from

Summer Reading 2023: Storytime with Kara Illguth

DeSoto County Library 125 N Hillsborough Ave, Arcadia, Florida

DeSoto County Library presents "Storytime with Kara Illguth," a local storyteller who uses puppets and props to share words of kindness and spread the joy of working together. All ages can participate, followed by a hands-on activity on how participants can make their own stories. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts

Lunch and Learn — Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory with Rodney Kite-Powell

Florida Historic Capitol Museum 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida

On the eve of the 200th-anniversary of the Territorial Legislative Act seeking a new capital for Florida, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum hosts historian and director of the Touchton Map Library at the Tampa Bay History Center for "Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory." 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

Naval Civil War in Florida

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn about the little-known adventures of the Navy during the American Civil War in Florida in the final lecture of the series. This program is based on Robert Mattson's book The Civil War Navy in Florida and provides a broad overview of naval actions in Florida during the American Civil War. Robert Mattson researches and portrays Union

Summer Reading 2023: Fairy Tale Fun with the Museum of Discovery and Science: Session One

Lighthouse Point Library 2200 NE 38th St, Lighthouse Point, Florida

The Museum of Discovery and Science presents "The Story of Three Little Pigs Meets The Science of Home Design" at the Lighthouse Point Library, a hands-on series of activities for ages three and up combining fairytales and STEM. Registration required. Registration opens on June 12 for residents outside of Lighthouse Point. Carpooling is recommended as parking is limited. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities

Summer Reading 2023: Delray Jazz Collective

Palm Springs Public Library 217 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs, FL, United States

The Delray Jazz Collective presents a musical experience for all ages at the Palm Springs Public Library. The musicians explains the instruments they use, the sounds they make, and how they work together to create true magic with different rhythms and sounds. This Summer Reading 2023 program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the

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