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, 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

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

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans


Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Ms. Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. No registration or

Weird Florida

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

In 1998, the original Weird Florida posited that Florida was the wackiest of all. That much weirdness called for a second volume in 2006: Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock. Now, more than two decades later, who can argue otherwise? This presentation includes a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument for Florida's transplants to become Floridians. Registration is suggested but not

Chloé Valdary: The Theory of Enchantment

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social-emotional learning, character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom and beyond. She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine, and her writings have

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

Punta Gorda Charlotte Library 401 Shreve St, Punta Gorda, 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

Echoes Of A Dream: The Historical & Spiritual Perspective of the Civil Rights Movement

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

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) is hosting a third weekend of its Fall speakers series. This third event will be a special screening of the full feature documentary entitled, "Echoes Of A Dream: The Historical & Spiritual Perspective of The Civil Rights Movement." Following the screening, there will be an open discussion with the film producer Motown Maurice on the impact of the civil rights movement on

Presidents in Florida

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 fourth presentation in this series is based on James C. Clark's book Presidents in Florida. Attendees will learn how many of America's presidents had strange relationships with Florida-such as how George Washington had nothing but trouble with it, and how Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Franklin Roosevelt

Musical Mayhem Family Day

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a Family Day to coincide with their new exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Rock out with the whole family and explore Central Florida's musical past! Additionally, guests will enjoy exciting activities engaging crafts for all ages throughout the museum. Get your body moving with fun dance games, make a pet "punk" rock to take home, design your own pins

Textile Art: Spinning the Political with Ancestral Practicies

The Hangar in Coconut Grove 3385 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida

The Aluna Art Foundation is hosting a talk with fiber artists Pip Brant, Aurora Molina, and Evelyn Politzer, moderated by Adriana Herrera, cofounder of Aluna Art Foundation. They will discuss politically-charged fiber arts and ways of exploring the relationship between gender, history, and fiber ancestral traditions and their relationship with contemporary textile art. The talk has been organized in partnership with Threading the City, a fusion of the Fiber Artist

What in the World: How Walt Created Disney World

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

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

Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense

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

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting lecture exploring women's roles with the Federal Civil Defense Administration in the 1950s. So-called traditional roles for women in the 1950s as housewives and mothers have been well documented. Yet millions of women took advantage of the opportunity to expand their roles by either being employed by or volunteering for civil defense agencies and organizations. The Federal Civil Defense

Writers in Paradise


Beginning with a poem around 1560, the Florida story has been told and retold. This presentation features the stories of over two dozen well-known authors of the past and present who found inspiration and a haven under Florida's sun, including Ernest Hemingway, Judy Blume, Tennessee Williams, and more. Registration is required but the event is free to attend. Jim Clark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida

“A Legacy of Smoke” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Centro Asturiano de Tampa 1913 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society, in partnership with the Centro Asturiano, is hosting the screening of a film entitled "A Legacy in Smoke" as part of a four-part series related to a new exhibit on Spanish immigration, "Following Fernando's Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa's Immigrant Community". As reflected in the exhibit, Spanish immigrants who arrived in droves beginning in 1886 found an environment that existed nowhere else in the United

Coffee and Conversations with Chris Kahl

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, 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. This event is free but registration is required. Light

“Invisible Immigrants” Panel Discussion

Centro Español de Tampa 2306 N Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society, in partnership with El Centro Español de Tampa, is presenting a lively panel discussion on Spanish immigration to Tampa in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As reflected in a new exhibit at the Ybor City Museum State Park entitled "Following Fernando's Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa's Invisible Immigrants," Tampa had one of the largest and most cohesive community of Spanish immigrants in the United

Unfolding Visions of Contemporary Mayan Art

Tanya Brillembourg Art 260 CRANDON BOULEVARD, Key Biscayne, Florida

The Aluna Art Foundation is hosting a lecture by Dr. Adriana Herrera explaining current contemporary art created by Mayan artists from Guatemala. The title of the exhibition, "Tiempo Circular" (Circular Time), pays homage to this ancient culture of astronomers and to its prodigious textiles that-unlike the great architectural monuments that ceased to be built-have continued to incessantly weave millenary traditions and knowledge. Neither wars nor the oppression of the conquest

O Christmas Tree and Discussion with Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas

MAD Arts 485 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, Florida

For those seeking fresh holiday entertainment, Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT), a Broward-based, professional nonprofit dedicated to innovative theatrical fare, may just have the freshest show in town. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" is an original holiday play with music co-written by TCT's Artistic and Managing Directors, Nicole Stodard and Bree-Anna Obst. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" tells the story of Frankie (Phillip Andrew Santiago), an 8-year old Hialeah boy of Cuban, Catholic, and Jewish

Coffee & Conversations: Singer-Songwriter Terri Binion

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a curator talk with Jeremy Hileman, History Center assistant curator, and singer-song writer Terri Binion for a very special tour of the latest exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Through Binion's own experiences, the

Trivia Night with Tampa Bay Dream Team and Florida Humanities

Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida Humanities and the popular Tampa Bay Dream Team are joining forces for a very special Florida-themed #TriviaNight at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Dec. 14th starting at 7 PM! Whether you are a Florida native, newbie or somewhere in between, this will be a fun-filled evening of pop culture, current happenings, and all things Florida! Top three Teams WIN either $30, $20, or $10 in Ferg's gift

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