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

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

Florida Humanities Director’s Book Club: “On The Road”

Kerouac House 5169 10th Ave N, St. Petersburg, Florida
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Jack Kerouac, famed American author and poet, lived his final days in St. Petersburg, Florida. His most popular novel, On the Road, is listed as one of the greatest American novels  and represents a landmark shift in the power of popular culture and influence in the 1960s. Taking place at Keroauc's home, Florida Humanities Executive Director Nashid Madyun and retired literature professor Dr. Ken Burchenal will explore Kerouac's life in

What Kind of Pie are We: the Political Hunt for Florida State Symbols

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The second presentation in this series is based on Mark Lane's book: Florida Symbols, Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies, which was published in 2019 by University Press of Florida and won the Florida Historical Society's 2019 Charlton Tebeau Book Award for history writing for a general audience. Attendees will learn how many historical events, often-comical,

History of Folk Music: Women in Folk, Part 3

Brockway Memorial Library 10021 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a second lecture series on Folk Music from the 60s in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. The 1960s was a tumultuous time in America. The Civil Rights movement and The Vietnam War affected a new generation commonly called "the Baby Boomers", who were now entering college and expressing their freedom and power. Beatniks, then hippies, represented an alternative lifestyle

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

Multi-Cultural Roots of Hispanic Heritage in the Americas

Pembroke Pines Jewish Center 1200 SW 136th Ave, Pembroke Pines, Florida

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting lecture exploring history of Hispanic culture in Florida and America. Hispanic American is a general term used to identify persons who are linked to the Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas, originating from their cultural and historical ties to Spain. Although accurate, it does not provide us with a complete description of these culturally rich and diverse societies. Upon deeper

Key West Hand Print Fabrics: An Island Industry

Virtual/Online

In 1961, two friends from Broadway visited Key West. Peter Pell and Jim Russell fell in love with their surroundings: brightly-colored flowers, exotic fruits, and resplendent birds. Residents urged them to open a silk-screening factory, which became Key West Hand Print Fabrics. The company began printing and selling textiles to visitors, and hired an artists name Suzie dePoo who produced a marvelous array of tropical imagery on fabrics. One of

Florida Holocaust Education Week: Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Online

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education/Florida Press Educational Services is hosting a webinar to present new curriculum material available for educators teaching lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides. Holocaust Education Week in Florida is held annually the second week in November, which coincides with the anniversary of Kristallnacht on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Learn how to use the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program's new curriculum supplement, "Genocide in

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

Gulf Coast Village 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

Building on the Past: How the Community Preserved the Kellogg Mansion

Dunedin Public Library 223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL

The Dunedin Public Library has created a 3D immersive exhibition to allow current and future generations to explore the now demolished Kellogg Mansion. When the greater Dunedin community learned that the Kellogg Mansion could not be saved from demolition, they sprang into action. In this talk, attendees will learn how the community and leaders came together to ensure this iconic and historic structure would be able to be enjoyed for

Seminole Freedmen: History of Black Indians

Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting lecture exploring the history of Black freedmen and women in relation to the Seminole Nation. People of African ancestry have been an integral part of Florida's history since the period of Spanish colonization. Free and enslaved persons came to the Florida shores during the 16th century as explorers and settlers. Seeking freedom, asylum, and independence, they established maroon communities,

COVID-19, HBCUs, the Humanities and Lessons Learned

Florida Memorial University 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens, Florida

Florida Memorial University will host two panel discussions exploring the impact of COVID-19 in South Florida. This first panel will focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with FMU used as a case study of how HBCUs experienced COVID-19. Panelists will discuss the process and results of a campus-wide survey that sought to find answers related to: 1) Vaccine Hesitancy and 2) The HBCU experience during the pandemic. Panelists

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

Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journey

ACCORD CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM 79 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) is hosting a second weekend of its Fall speakers series. Based on the book Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist by John N. Herbers, this second talk of the series and will feature Dr. Claudia Slate and Anne Rosen (a contributor to the book) in discussion. Rosen and Slate are the daughters of the late Herbers, a former New

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

State, Local, and National Campaigns: The Civil Rights Movement

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The third presentation in this series is based on extensive research on Florida's Civil Rights Movement done by Dr. Michael Butler. Attendees will learn that the idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights Movement is a popular misconception. Florida exceptionalism in relationship to the black freedom struggle

History of Folk Music: Carrying on the Tradition

Brockway Memorial Library 10021 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a second lecture series on Folk Music from the 60s in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. The 1960s was a tumultuous time in America. The Civil Rights movement and The Vietnam War affected a new generation commonly called "the Baby Boomers", who were now entering college and expressing their freedom and power. Beatniks, then hippies, represented an alternative lifestyle

Art of the Underground: A Figurehead Panel Discussion

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a panel discussion to coincide with their new exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Discover the role of ephemeral art in community building as panelists explore the art of Orlando's underground music scene of the 1980s and '90s. Moderated by Dr. Dori Griffin, associate professor of design & visual communication at the University of Florida School of Art + Art

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