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

Off the Page Literary Celebration

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Library Foundation for Sarasota County hosts the Off the Page Literary Celebration. Off the Page includes two weeks of programming from November 1 through 18 featuring best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Sam Kean, Sarah McLean, Sarah Penner, and Raina Telgemeier.. This event includes local authors, writing workshops, book signings, panels, and more across all 10 county library branches. Participating authors and presenters include:

Weird Florida

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

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

McGough Nature Park Speaker Series: Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

McGough Nature Park 11901 146th St N, Largo, Florida

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band, some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter, banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to

The Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL, United States

The idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights movement is a popular misconception. This presentation debunks the myth of "Florida exceptionalism" in relationship to the Black freedom struggle and demonstrates that the state experienced many of the features that characterized more well-known areas and demonstrates how this history remains relevant in modern America- for better and worse. Dr. J. Michael

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Cultured Books Literacy Foundation for the second annual St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest presented in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Library System. LitFest is a family-friendly event designed to celebrate literature and creativity with a focus on children's literature. The festival provides opportunities for youth and teens alike to engage with thought-provoking authors and activities in a vibrant atmosphere. Headlining authors include Natalie Daise, Anastasia Magloire Williams, Ana Siqueria,

Off the Page: Carnivorous Plants of Florida with Writer and Carnivorous Plant Expert Kenny Coogan

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, Florida

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library hosts this all-ages program as part of the Off the Page Literary celebration. This program features a discussion of the 32 species of carnivorous plants in Florida with author and expert Kenny Coogan. Plant sale to follow. Kenny Coogan holds a master's degree in Global Sustainability and is passionate about Florida's wildlife and plants. He has published over 400 articles on pets, livestock, and gardening

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Self Portrait Workshop with Anastasia Magloire Williams

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes illustrator Anastasia Magloire Williams for a story time session and shares how images enhance and contribute to storytelling. As an illustrator known for the blend of graphics, illustration, and painting, she shares how visual style can complement the stories they are meant to tell. Following the reading, Anastasia guides participants in creating their own self-portraits. Participants explores character design techniques and visual storytelling to

What Remains: Listening to Indigenous Perspectives

USF School of Music Barness Hall 3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101, Tampa, Florida

USF Contemporary Art Museum is hosting an in-person forum in connection with the exhibit Native America: In Translation on view at the museum from August 25 through December 1, 2023. This exhibit assembles the wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous artists who pose challenging questions about identity and heritage, land rights, and histories of colonialism. This forum gathers the voices of an Indigenous artist, tribal cultural preservationist, and Native American civil

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: The Art of Deuces Writing Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes "Keep St. Pete Lit for The Art of Deuces Workshop." The workshop is an opportunity to explore the immersive and captivating world of storytelling through public art. Keep St. Pete Lit staff will lead participants through writing exercises encouraging exploration of themes inspired by the St. Petersburg neighborhood. Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Poetry Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and educator Roberto German for a poetry workshop. Roberto reads from his book Blue Ink Tears , introducing youth participants to his life through storytelling. His bilingual programming poetry shares 20 years of his life with discussions of identity, love, relationship, and race. Participants will create and present their own poetry at the end of the program. Roberto is an award-winning Dominican American

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Okra Stew with Natalie Daise

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and star of Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island reads and discusses her book Okra Stew. The book showcases a father and son celebrating Gullah Geechee culture and tradition through a special family recipe. St. Pete Youth Farm will provide participating young readers with a small okra plant to foster their own journey with okra stew. Natalie Daise is a magnetic performer, speaker, and artist

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

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

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

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Granny’s Vintage Camera with Jasmine Paul

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author Jasmine Paul for a reading and discussion of her book Granny's Vintage Camera . The story follows Kass who is saving for an instant camera and uses her grandmother's vintage camera in the meantime. Young readers follow Kass on her journey as she learns the real meaning of value and responsibility. Following the reading, readers can participate in a financial literacy activity. Jasmine

Off the Page: Poetry As Activism with Laura Shoemaker

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, Florida

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts poet Laura Shoemaker as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration" for a workshop using poetry as a form of activism. Laura has worked in higher education, educational publishing and editing, and nonprofit administration. As of Fall 2022, Laura joined USF as a visiting professor. She previously taught undergraduate writing courses at Ringling College of Art and Design, the State College of Florida,

Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida

Folklorist Annette B. Fromm presents a compelling story of how images and perceptions of Native People, especially the Florida Seminole, have been manipulated in the past, as well as how the Seminole have been represented by artists from their own community toward the end of the 20th century and into the 21st. To illustrate this significant change, she discusses about the work of renownes 19th- and 20th-century Euro-American artists such

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

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

This presentation introduces audiences to a variety of Florida Seminole portraits from the 19th Century and how the portraits were used as propaganda to represent the Seminoles as a dying people. "Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time" challenges this long-held belief to explore the changing perspectives of Native Americans and the Florida Seminole. With a focus on portraiture over time, the rich history and continued vitality of the Florida Seminole will

Off the Page: Doing Crime the Florida Man Way with Craig Pittman and Tamara Lush

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts two Florida writers, Tamara Lush and Craig Pittman, for a discussion on how Florida and its history of kooky crimes have affected crime-writing and the state's reputation. Tamara Lush is a Florida-based author and journalist. She is an RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism. For more than a dozen years, she was a

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