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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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Water-Themed Storytime Jam

Morningside Branch Library 2410 SE Morningside Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL

For kids ages 3 to 5. Partnering with St. Lucie County Libraries, clap, dance, sing & listen to water-themed stories! All library programs are free and open to the public. This program is supporting the MoMS Water/Ways Exhibition at MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie. Water/Ways and its complementary programs will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water's impact on American culture. It's part of

Virtual Book Club on Black Motherhood and Health

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Join Florida International University's Center for Women's and Gender Studies for a lively, virtual discussion of "Birthing Black Mothers" by feminist theorist Jennifer C. Nash. Through her writing, Nash examines how the figure of the "Black mother" has become a powerful political category and acknowledges the complexities of Black motherhood outside its use as political currency. A free copy of the book is available to all participants. Let's read together

Young Hearts to Arts with Water Stories

Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL

Join us on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens for the Young Hearts to Arts Outdoor Exhibition & Award Show brought to you by the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance. There will be Plein air (artists painting live) with the opportunity for people to share their stories around water and its importance. There will also be live music, dance, mantra rock painting,

Weeki Wachee Springs, Home to Florida’s Mythical Mermaids

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Organized to complement the exhibition Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures , the Orange County Regional History Center welcomes author Lu Vickers to discuss the history of the famed Florida mermaids of Weeki Wachee. Discover the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of these mythical mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater.

Speaking of History: Made in Florida: Artists, Activists, Celebrities, Educators, and Other Sunshine State Icons

Heritage Village 11909 125th Street North, Largo, FL

Journalist Art Levy has traveled the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for a Florida Trend magazine feature called Icon. The resulting interviews have been compiled in a University Press of Florida book titled "Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State." Art will share anecdotes and stories about his Florida journeys and the unique people and talents they share. Advance registration is required for this

St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department’s Guided Nature Programs- Ocean Bay Preseve

Ocean Bay Preserve 6851 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach, FL

Join us on one of St. Lucie County's free and award-winning guided nature programs. In conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit, we are proud to offer 4 programs that highlight the importance of water. To register or for more information, please visit www.slchikes.org, call 772-462-2536, or email [email protected] Oxbow Eco-Center Preserve: A River Runs Beside It Hike This 225-acre site was acquired as part of the

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X: A Series on Race Relations in America Part 7

Bethune Cookman University Bethune Cookman University Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL

Hosted by Community Healing Project Inc, Part seven continues an 8-part discussion based on the literature of Alex Haley's "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X". This event will focus on "Eradicating Racism...what does it look like?" The series overall presents a conversation on the past 55 years in America in regard to social, political and racial advancements and their negative or positive effects on African American culture. The program is funded

Pursuit of Florida Paleo Hunters

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

Travel back into the last Ice Age and learn about Florida's first people. Discover how they survived climate change and giant predators. Who were the archeologist that discovered these early hunters' artifact sites? Were there people living here before the Clovis Tradition and what is the Solutrean Theory? What was their origin? These controversies will be examined, and actual Paleoindian artifacts studied.

Beauty from Ashes: American Indian Art as Witness to American History

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Join Sandra Starr, an art historian, curator, and scholar of American Indian art. Her interest in the history of Florida, and the art and art history of the Western Hemisphere, led her to the Smithsonian Institution where she assisted in the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Broward Public Library Foundation. Funding for this program was provided

Virtual Event: Making Chief Osceola- The Abolitionists and the Rise of an American Myth

Online
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Anti-war and abolitionist activists helped promote an enduring series of myths and fabrications about Chief Osceola, who played a pivotal role in the Second Seminole War and died in U.S. military captivity in 1838. Osceola was a focus of debates over Indian wars, Indian removal, and their connections to American slavery. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Orange County Library System. Funding for this program was provided

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’ Environment by Dr. Peggy Macdonald

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Dr. Macdonald provides an overview of the life and legacy of the self-described "housewife from Micanopy," who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie Carr, a pioneering conservation biologist. For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of central Florida remains blocked

Above and Beyond- JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Michael Tougias is a NY Times best-selling author who has written and co-authored 29 books. His presentation of the untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis speaks of the little known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Leesburg Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by

Police Brutality and Confederate Imagery: The Black Freedom Struggle in One Florida County

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Dr. J Michael Butler shares a close examination of events in Escambia County in the 1970s that demonstrates how-and why-the struggle against segregation in Florida continued well after the Civil Rights movement ended in the 1960s. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Palm Beach County Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

An examination of the perceptions of women in popular culture through the lens of comic books. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Brooksville Vision Foundation. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

The civil rights movement in St. Augustine drew national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited twice in 1964, sparking marches, arrests, and clashes between protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches of St. Augustine. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Amelia Island Museum of History. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of

Sacred Waters: Exploring the Protection of Florida’s Fluid Landscape

Trout Lake Nature Center 520 E. CR 44, Eustis, FL

The presentation explores efforts to restore Florida's waterways and investigates the motivations of environmentalists who love and advocate for these water bodies. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Trout Lake Nature Center. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department’s Guided Nature Programs- Oxbow Eco-Center Preserve

Oxbow Eco-Center Preserve 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St Lucie, FL

Join us on one of St. Lucie County's free and award-winning guided nature programs. In conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit, we are proud to offer 4 programs that highlight the importance of water. To register or for more information, please visit www.slchikes.org, call 772-462-2536, or email [email protected] Oxbow Eco-Center Preserve: A River Runs Beside It Hike This 225-acre site was acquired as part of the

Voices from Florida-Peggy Macdonald: Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

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Join us online for a special series about Florida's culture, literature, and community-building featuring items from the MDPLS Special Collections and Archives. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 10+ Historian Peggy Macdonald will present about the life of Marjorie Harris Carr. Raised by naturalist parents in rural Southwest Florida, Marjorie

The Sound of the Sea: Author Talk with Cynthia Barnett

Boca Raton Public Library 400 NW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton, FL
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

Join us for an author talk and book signing with acclaimed environmental author, Cynthia Barnett. She will discuss her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans, a compelling history of seashells and the animals that make them, revealing what they have to tell us about nature, our changing oceans, and ourselves. This award-winning author teaches environmental journalism at the University of Florida's College

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X: A Series on Race Relations in America Part 8

Bethune Cookman University Bethune Cookman University Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL
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Community Healing Project Inc will host a series of 8 discussions based on the literature of Alex Haley's "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X". This event, the final in the series, will focus on "Reflection." The series will discuss the past 55 years in America in regards to social, political and racial advancements and their negative or positive effects on African American culture. This program is funded in part through a

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