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: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work 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, 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

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

Dunedin Public Library 223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL, United States

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

SpeakOut: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Agin

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

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library hosts Dr. Milton Wendland and Ariana Drew on November 3 for their six-part SpeakOut series. This program will focus on the impact of the lack of culturally competent services on LGBTQ seniors' lives and how these services can better meet the needs of LGBTQ elders. Dr. Milton Wendland is a professor of Women's and Gender Studies at University of South Florida.

The Historical Archaeology of the Sunshine State

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

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, United States

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, United States

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, United States

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, United States

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, United States

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, United States

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

“With A Made Up Mind” Dunbar Community School Screening

Dunbar Community School 1857 High St, Fort Myers, Florida

WGCU Public Media, along with the SWFL Alpha Educational and Leadership Foundation, are hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access

“With a Made Up Mind” Barron Library Screening

Barron Library 461 N Main Street, LaBelle, FL

WGCU Public Media will screen a short documentary about the history of the Black vote in Southwest Florida titled, "With A Made Up Mind." After the 18-minute video, the facilitator will discuss related issues and themes from the documentary with the group. For example, what current issues around voting and local elections are challenging to your community? The group will also discuss possible solutions. The facilitator will invite attendees to

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

“With A Made Up Mind” Collier County Library Screening

Collier County Library Headquarters 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida

WGCU Public Media is hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are other

With A Made Up Mind: The History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida

Collier County Library Headquarters 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida

WGCU Public Media is hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are other

Health, Humanities, COVID-19: Lessons Learned

Bunche Park 15600 Bunche Park Drive W, 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 the pandemic and Miami Dade County. Health professionals, community leaders, humanities scholars, and students make up a panel that will explore local youth, middle-aged, and senior populations experienced the pandemic. The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University will share results of a project called "Miami Stories." During

Coffee and Conversation with Eliot Kleinberg

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with impunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from 8 to 172

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

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