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: 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

EXHIBIT: An Era of Racial Terror: The Legacy of Lynching

Museum of Science and History Jacksonville 1025 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, Florida

An Era of Racial Terror: The Legacy of Lynching is an updated and redesigned "Signature Exhibit" curated by Museum of Science and History Jacksonville in partnership with 904WARD and with contributions of content by the Equal Justice Initiative. The exhibit tells the stories of eight confirmed lynchings that occurred in Jacksonville, FL between 1900-1925, including local reactions to the incidents and formal advocacy from local leaders; most notably James Weldon

English for Families at Altamonte Springs City Library

Altamonte Springs City Library 281 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, Florida

Join Altamonte Springs City Library on Wednesdays October 4 through December 13 for English for Families. English for Families is a multi-week series of interactive classes for families focusing on developing vocabulary and literacy skills through story reading. Each class features a lesson centered around a children's book that participating families get to take home, a hands-on activity, and refreshments. All are welcome but registration is required. No class will

SOLD OUT! Florida Humanities St. Augustine Gathering

St. Augustine St. Augustine, FL, United States

Are you looking for a memorable travel experience rooted in the humanities? Join us for our St. Augustine Gathering, Oct. 6-8, 2023. On this historical and cultural tour, we'll take a look at the arts, architecture and civil rights history of America's oldest city. Trip highlights include: Fort Mose, the first free Black settlement in the United States; A civil rights tour led by Flagler College scholar and historian Dr.

Latin American/Latinx Film Festival: Before the Rooster Crows (Antes Que Cante el Gallo)

UCF Communications & Media Building 500 W Livingston St., Orlando, Florida

The University of Central Florida's School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs is hosting the sixth event in the "Latin American/Latinx Film Festival" to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A series of films will be presented along with a Q&A with the directors of the films and scholars. This event is in person with a virtual participation option. The film tells the story of Carmin, a teenager who lives in Barranquitas,

Weird Florida

Lantana Public Library 205 W Ocean Ave., Lantana, Florida

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. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than

Voices from Florida: SoFla’s Scary Cinema

Miami-Dade Public Library Main Branch 101 W Flagler St., Miami, FL

Miami-Dade Public Library System presents the fourth program in the "Voices From Florida" speaker series. Local history meets horror in this engaging discussion of four fright films made in and around South Florida. Join Florida International University librarian Eduardo Fojo as he provides interesting film facts, history and insightful critical commentary. This program is recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, contact Special Collections at 305-375-5572 or [email protected].

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino—with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership, and

Day of the Dead Celebration

Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie, Florida

Nova Southeastern University's Center for Applied Humanities presents a "Day of the Dead Celebration" as part of the "Encanto: Everyday Magic" series celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Join the center for presentations, music, and dance performances from the Miami-based Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization. Through immersive and inventive presentations, Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization cultivates an appreciation for Mexican traditional culture and brings their heritage to life. Parking is available at the Alvin

A Musical Journey Through Florida

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

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 Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller. He

Latin American/Latinx Film Festival: Giants Don’t Exist (Los Gigantes No Existen)

UCF Main Campus: Nicholson School of Education Gemini Blvd W, Orlando, FL

The University of Central Florida's School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs is hosting the seventh event in the "Latin American/Latinx Film Festival" to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A series of films will be presented along with a Q&A with the directors of the films and scholars. This event is in person with a virtual participation option. This film tells the story of Guatemala in the 1980s at the height

Florida Talks at Starkey Ranch Theatre: Ten Foods of Florida

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center

The Ten Foods of Florida is an ever-evolving list, involving arguments as to whether strawberry shortcake or pecan pie should topple Key Lime pie as the Sunshine State’s most iconic dessert, or whether the Cuban is more significant than a fried grouper sandwich. This illustrated talk also discusses Cortez mullet, Vernon gophers, LaBelle swamp cabbage, Ybor City Cuban bread, stone-ground grits, Immokalee tomatoes, and Hastings potatoes and the lamentation of

Bloody Streets and Crooked Lines: 100 Years of Black Voter Suppression

African American Cultural Center and Museum of Florida 4422 N US HWy 1, Palm Coast, FL

From the violent and fatal 1921 election riots in Ocoee through modern redistricting issues, this presentation explores voter suppression in Florida over 100 years and the prime figures in the struggle for full and equal access to the polls. James Abraham is a former journalist who now edits and publishes books. His Book-Broker Publishers, which he founded in 2004, has produced and edited more than 500 books in a variety

Executive Director’s Book Club: “The Yearling”

Virtual/Online

Join Florida Humanities Executive Director Nashid Madyun for a discussion on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's book,  The Yearling. The novel won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and went on to win multiple Academy Awards for its film adaptation in 1946. Set in Northern Florida, The Yearling is a coming-of-age story following Jody, a young boy and his struggles between his relationship with his family and the deer he is raising. Marjorie Kinnan

Underground History Screening and Panel Discussion

The Center for Health Equity 2333 34th St S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Merfolk Media Alliance, in collaboration with The Center for Health Equity, presents a screening and panel discussion of Underground History. Underground History is a documentary film project designed to explore connections between St. Petersburg's diverse cultural history and emerging community efforts to acknowledge the past in charting the future. The film considers the links between the history and remaining archaeological sites of the region's Indigenous Ancestors, the displaced contemporary African

Sixth Annual Taste of the Philippines

Museum of Science and History 1025 Museum Cir., Jacksonville, Florida

The Museum of Science and History hosts the second in the "MOSH Passport Series," the sixth annual "A Taste of Philippines." Participants can experience the rich flavor and culture of the Philippines through Filipino-American fusion cuisine from local Jax Filipino chefs and businesses. Celebrate Filipino-American History Month and find an array of artwork, unique items from local vendors, and elevated dishes of traditional Filipino cuisine all under one roof. Participating

Community Outreach Program: Florida Talks—The Hidden History of Florida

Heritage Park at Kathleen Area Historical Society 8950 N Campbell Rd., Lakeland, Florida

Beginning in 1565 with the founding of St. Augustine, Florida has been making history; but, much of it is hidden. In his entertaining presentation, Dr. Jim Clark traces the little-known facts of Florida, including the story of the state flag, the origin of Florida's largest grocery store chain, Coca-Cola billionaires, and the origin of cars on the beach with over thirty unique and fast-paced stories. This presentation is based on

Back to Angola Festival

Manatee Mineral Springs Park 1312 2nd Ave East, Bradenton, Florida

Oaktree Community Outreach Inc. is hosting the "Back to Angola" Festival. This free cultural and historical three-day festival commemorates the Angola Maroon Community that once made their home at the Manatee Mineral Spring (c. 1812-1821). The event features panel discussions by historians, archaeologists, descendants, and community leaders; workshops in basket weaving, wood carving, and Junkanoo; and, food and music of the Bahamas. Funding for this festival is provided in part

Voices from Florida: SoFla’s Scary Cinema

Aventura Branch Library 2930 NE 199th St., Aventura, FL

Miami-Dade Public Library System presents the sixth program in the Voices From Florida speaker series at the Aventura Branch Library. Local history meets horror in this engaging discussion of four fright films made in and around South Florida. Join Florida International University librarian Eduardo Fojo as he provides interesting film facts, history and insightful critical commentary. This program is recommended for ages 12+. For more information, contact Special Collections at

Florida Lore

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

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

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