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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Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Fernandina Beach Branch Library 25 N 4th St., Fernandina Beach, 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 Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Hilliard Public Library 15821 Co Rd 108, Hilliard, 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

Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers of Tarpon Springs

Eastside Branch—LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library 1583 Pedrick Rd., Tallahassee, Florida

Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning divers lost under the waves. This presentation explores the rich cultural history of

Democracy in Florida: A Work in Progress with Dr. Steve Noll

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Dr. Steve Noll examines the history of democracy in Florida from Spanish colony to the present day, exploring how people have worked to improve the democratic process and insure that all people have the chance for their voice and vote to be heard. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education

Following the Fish: Hemingway in the Florida Keys

Reef Environmental Education Foundation 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is presenting, Following the Fish: Hemingway in the Florida Keys seminar. This lecture is part of REEF's monthly Fish & Friends seminar series, as well as the Blue Humanities: Community Conversations of Marine Conservation in Florida series, which brings together scholars, authors, and community members through shared human experiences in marine conservation. Dr. Cori Convertito, Curator & Historian for the Key West Art & Historical Society

Volunteer Nurses of the Civil War

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Tom Wilcox leads a presentation outlining the fascinating history of the volunteer nurses of the Civil War. The live virtual presentation will be available at the Library or via Zoom. Registration is required to attend either in person or on Zoom. 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

A Motion Picture Paradise! A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry

Bruce J. Host Northeast Branch Leon County Public Library 5513 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, 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

Coffee and Conversations: Southern Road to Freedom

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

Everybody Leaves (Todos Se Van)

Orlando Public Library (Anderson Room) 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida

Shot in Colombia (the director didn't get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation with the authoritarian Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country's worst economic crises. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her

Exhibit Opening: “Voices of Amelia Island”

Amelia Island Museum of History 233 South Third Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, United States

Join the Amelia Island Museum of History for the opening of their newest temporary exhibit, Voices of Amelia! This exhibit highlights the nationally-acclaimed musicians and vocalists from Amelia Island, as well as local venues that defined the island's musical history. The exhibit tracks local musical culture from pre-European contact all the way until Amelia Island's current status as a hub for music festivals. This exhibit will be on display until

SpeakOUT: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Art

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

The LGBTQ Resource Center presents their first community event in their SpeakOUT series, Intersections of LGBTQIA+ Identity and Art. This panel discussion will explore how important art is to individual self-expression and the cultural ethos of a community. Presenters and scholars will examine the role of economic forces in artists' ability to create art while maintaining sustainable livelihoods, the unique experiences encountered by LGBTQIA+ artists, and how LGBTQIA+ identity intersects

Presidential Sites in Our National Parks

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Penny Musco, freelance writer and former Artist in Residence for the Park Service's Homestead National Monument of America, presents Presidential Sites in Our National Parks. As a passionate traveler of all of the National Parks, Ms. Musco focuses on presidential sites and influence on some of the most beautiful and important land in the United States. Celebrate July 4th Week with a historical and visual view of these national treasures.

The Art of Walt Disney

Southwest Regional Library 16835 Sheridan St., Davie, Florida

Join Dr. Keri Watson for a comprehensive look at the art and life of Walt Disney. 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 his impact on the development of cartoons, short and feature-length movies, and theme parks. Audiences will also learn about Walt Disney's contributions and impact on the history of

Marching Forward: 60 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Allendale United Methodist Church 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, Florida

On July 2, the country will mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law in the United States that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Emerald Morrow, 10 Tampa Bay Emmy-award winning reporter, will moderate a conversation to explore the impact of this legislative action Florida through the personal stories of authors Bill Maxwell and Beverly

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

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

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

Who We Were

Jefferson County Courthouse 1 Courthouse Circle, Monticello, Florida

Learn about the Pallbears Group and the Peck family ancestry in Jefferson County. Dr. Sylvester Peck will share all of this and more in his Names community talk. This event is part of Jefferson County Historical Association's Who We Were series. Event will be held in the courtroom on the second floor. An elevator is available. Please enter at the south door. Funding for this program is provided through Community

Rock Harbor, Pineapple Farming, and the Connection

Reef Environmental Education Foundation 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) presents Rock Harbor, Pineapple Farming and the Connection to REEF seminar. This lecture is part of REEF's monthly Fish & Friends seminar series, as well as the Blue Humanities: Community Conversations of Marine Conservation in Florida series, which brings together scholars, authors, and community members through shared human experiences in marine conservation. Honorary Conch and Florida Keys historian Brad Bertelli will lead the audience in

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

New Smyrna Museum of History 120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, 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

The Amazing Architecture of Northeast Florida

Fernandina Beach Branch Library 25 N 4th St., Fernandina Beach, Florida

Northeast Florida has a rich and diverse collection of architectural gems. This illustrated program provides an in-depth survey of the most significant landmarks as well as many remarkable hidden jewels worthy of acclaim through three and a half centuries of architectural history in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Fernandina, and more. Widely regarded as one of the foremost chronicles of Northeast Florida history, Wayne Wood has been called the undisputed godfather of

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

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