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

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Virtual/Online

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

Florida Talks Zoom In Series—Florida and the Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Virtual/Online

In this presentation based on the book Above and Beyond, New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias chronicles the 13 harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots that flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure proof of nuclear missiles. Michael J.

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Virtual

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

RAIN: A History for Stormy Times

Genung's Fish Camp 291 Cubbedge Road, St. Augustine, Florida

A natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from the torrents that filled the oceans four billion years ago to the modern story of climate change. A wellspring of life, rain also has a place in people's souls, from an ancient perfume region in Northern India to Seattle's inspirational rain-leaden skies. Too much and not enough, rain is a shared experience. This presentation shares the history of rain and how the

Making a Way Out of No Way

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

"Making a Way Out of No Way" is a popular African-American expression. Dr. Bireda, portraying pioneer Queen Andrews, answers questions posed by W.E.B DuBois regarding the agency and joy expressed by African-Americans during Jim Crow, including the values, virtues, creativity, and resilience in the community. Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over 25 years, she

2023 Swamp Heritage Festival

Nathaniel P. Reed Center 33000 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, Florida

Join the Alliance for Florida's National Parks for the Swamp Heritage Festival on December 2nd, 2023 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Swamp Heritage Festival will shine a spotlight on the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in

McGough Nature Park Speaker Series: Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brough Florida to the United States

McGough Nature Park 11901 146th St N, Largo, 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

Afro-Caribbean Migration to Florida

Florida Keys History and Discovery Center

Florida and Afro-Caribbean peoples have shared historical ties which were established when Ponce de Leon first arrived on the Florida shores. This presentation examines the history and unique characteristics and settlement patterns of Afro-Caribbean peoples who settled in Florida from the Spanish colonization period to the present. It covers some of the Spanish, English and French-speaking Caribbean islands and the significant contributions those groups have made to Florida's cultural, economic,

History Talks: Eliot Kleinberg on Weird Florida

Historical Society of Palm Beach County 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 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

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Carson: Their Books Changed the World

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 188 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida

This program begins in 1941, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist, writing her River of Grass book for money, not to save the Everglades. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, some of the United States' most beloved birds were well on their way to extinction due to pesticides. This program tells how Douglas restored the Everglades and Carson saved wildlife through their writings. Betty Jean Steinshouer has

MEMBERSHIP EVENT: Once Upon a Time in Florida: Curating the Anthology

Virtual / Online

Join Florida Humanities for a special members-only online event to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. The new book marks Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary with a collection of 50 timeless stories from FORUM, the award winning magazine of Florida Humanities. As part of a statewide book tour, Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, reunites with Executive Director Nashid Madyun

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL

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 transactions. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Celebrating Yinglish!

Delray Beach Public Library 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach Public Library is pleased to present "Celebrating Yinglish with Avi Hoffman." What is Yinglish? Yinglish is that unique American linguistic combination of Yiddish and English. From the more than 5,000 Yiddish words that have officially become part of the English language, Avi Hoffman presents stories and words that celebrate the idiomatic phenomenon that laid the foundation for modern mainstream culture. Avi Hoffman is a renowned award-winning actor, Jewish

English for Families at Hiawassee Branch Library

Hiawassee Branch Library

Join Orange County Library System at the Hiawassee Branch Library every Tuesday, January 2 to 30 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, a hands-on activity, and refreshments. Registration is required to attend. Participants meet once a week for two hours

St. Johns Reads 2024

St. Johns County Public Library System 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida

In its 20th year, St. Johns Reads is the St. Johns County Public Library System's annual One Book, One Community focused on creating a shared conversation on a selected novel. 2024's pick is The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. Sara Nisha Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian-Kenyan and English parents. Her debut novel The Reading List was a

Early History of Naval Aviation

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting this Florida Humanities grant-funded program. Learn how in January 1914, an old battleship and a sea-worn collier arrived at the abandoned Pensacola Navy Yard in western Florida. Embarked were the entire US Navy Flying Corps and their fragile flying boats, and their mission was to establish the first Naval Air Station and advance the development of Naval aviation. Dr. Murphy's lecture will discuss

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, Florida

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

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