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: Due to Hurricane Ian, some events have been canceled or postponed. We are working 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.

 

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

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

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

English for Families

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join Tampa-Hillsborough County Library in person for this family literacy program to practice reading with your child(ren) and learn English vocabulary for everyday use. Recommended for all ages! This free class meets twice a week for 5 weeks: Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 PM from September 12 to October 14, 2022. Free books will be provided to registered attendees. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends

Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement 2900 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL

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 also evident in Florida during its time as a US Territory, 1821 to 1845. Told through the use of historic maps, this presentation showcases how Florida was home to many important events and trends that preceded those in the American West after the Civil

The Ocoee Florida Massacre

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL

The Pinellas County African American History Museum presents "The Ocoee Florida Massacre" by professor Vincent Adejumo. 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

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World

Virtual/Online

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 transaction. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Rhythm in Humanities: The Blue Roots Underground

COPA 1047 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL

From Ray Charles to Gloria Estefan to the Adderley Brothers to the Allman Brothers, Florida's musical roots run deep. This engaging pop-up series explores Florida's music and culture through storytelling and performance, hosted by Tampa Bay musician and teaching artist J.J. Pattishall and friends. Join us for an evening of cuisine, cocktails and soaking up soulful sounds and stories from across the Sunshine State. Pattishall will be joined by Aron

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor! at Museum Nights: Noche de Museo

Harn Museum of Art 3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino- with a bit of Latino flavor! Registration is not required and admission is free to attend. This event is a part of the Harn Museum's Museum Nights:

What Kind of Ancestors Do You Want to Be?: Sea Level Rise and Heritage Sites in Florida

Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL

New weather patterns, larger storms, and rising sea levels are challenging communities and transforming conventional thinking. Archaeologists document the shifting seascape's destruction of archaeological and historical sites and offer long-term perspectives on human adaptation and maladaptation to environmental changes. This presentation is global in scope and includes Floridian archaeological perspectives. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend. Uzi Baram is a Professor

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

The Key West Art and Historical Society hosts "Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps" by curator Rodney Kite-Powell. From the earliest depiction of Florida on the 1511 Martyr Map to a 21st century view of Florida from space, this presentation shows the dramatic changes that have occurred in Sunshine State over the past 500 years through historic maps. Rodney Kite-Powell is the Director of the Touchton

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Anna Maria Island Library 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL

Some people regard Florida as nothing but the "Punchline State" because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other states. In this presentation based on his hilarious and thought-provoking New York Times bestselling book Oh Florida!, Mr. Pittman explains how what he calls "The Most Interesting State" got to be the way it is. Registration is not

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

This presentation takes audiences on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler's building of the Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Admission is free, no registration required. Reception to follow

Hester Street & Yekl

Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a film and literature session. Join Ronelle Delmont for an interactive, multimedia presentation. This book & film lecture features the film Hester Street (1975) directed by Joan Micklin Silver, which was added in 2011 to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It is a romantic film based on Abraham Cahan's 1896 novel Yekl: A Tale of

Mónica Guzmán: “I Never Thought of It That Way”

Ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of a dangerously divided time? Find the answers by talking with people--rather than about them--and asking questions across the divides. Seeking where people are coming from is easier than previously thought. Attendance is free but registration is required. Mónica Guzmán is Director of Digital and Storytelling at braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, host of the Crosscut interview

Pirates and Florida! Revolutionary Rogues

Colonial Oak Music Park 21 St George Street, St. Augustine, Florida

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. David Head is an associate lecturer

Frightening Florida: Florida Lore

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum 20 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, Florida

From the Ashley Gang to the Devil's Millhopper and the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, Florida folk culture is brimming with fascinating characters and situations almost too amazing to be true. But are they true? This presentation is a dynamic performance from a master storyteller and professor who brings these legends to life and discusses their importance and whether it may not matter if they are fact or fiction. A must

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

Coral Ridge Funeral Home 1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL

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

The Historical Archaeology of the Sunshine State

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement 2900 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL

The history of Florida is fascinating, and archaeological research provides a tactile, visual, and place-based approach to appreciating what people have achieved and understand heritage beneath the ground. Spanning the last five centuries, the presentation highlights colonial sites, utopian settlements, minority communities, and modern cities to encourage preservation efforts and engagement with heritage organizations and locations. Admission and parking are free, no registration required. Entrance through Gate 3 at Hammock

Community Cultural Education: Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers

Museum of Science & History 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL

The Museum of Science and History Jacksonville hosts Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers for an evening of beautiful and powerful expression in movement and sound as they tell the stories of generations of Native American tradition and culture. A question and answer session about Native American history and current culture is included. Registration is required. Admission is $20 per person. Parking is free. Light refreshments are provided. Community

Florida Maroons and Black Seminole Society

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL

The Pinellas County African American History Museum presents "Florida Maroons and Black Seminole Society" by professor Anthony Dixon. This presentation examines the history and culture of the Florida Maroons and Black Seminoles. Dr. Dixon discusses the origins and lives of both the Maroons and their development into the Black Seminoles from the 16th through 19th centuries. This presentation also includes an examination of the direct relationship between Black Seminoles and

Walking the Florida Lands and Sands: Meeting Florida Folk through Their Tales and Lore

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

Folktales, passed down from generation to generation, convey and preserve the cultural knowledge, beliefs, values, and customs of the cultures that they come from, like windows into each community. This presentation of Florida folk and their communities showcases how folk tales and folklore can tell a great deal about the values and views of a culture and serve as a means to understand one another. Admission and parking are free

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