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

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

Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Lecture Series: “Hurricane!” with Eliot Kleinberg

Blake Library 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, Florida

Study major events in Florida history, and there's a good chance a hurricane was involved. Learn how these amazing but devastating weather machines work and how they have affected Florida, with a special focus on the great 1928 storm, the subject of the award-winning Black Cloud. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering

Human Connection to the Waters of the Florida Keys

Reef Environmental Education Foundation 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Reef Environmental Education Foundation presents Human Connection to the Waters of the Florida Keys seminar. This lecture is part of REEF's monthly "Fish & Friends" seminar series, as well as the "Blue Humanities: Community Conversations of Marine Conservation in Florida" series. These seminars bring together scholars, authors, and community members through shared human experiences in marine conservation. All life in the Florida Keys is closely linked to water. Maritime heritage

Scribbling Women in Florida

Citrus County Libraries- Coastal Regional Branch 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River, Florida

Scribbling Women in Florida: This program includes a dozen women authors who "ran south in agitation" to Florida, starting in the Reconstruction Era through the late 20th century. We follow Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rachel Carson, as they explore the

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St, Key West, Florida

Some people regard Florida as nothing but the Punchline State because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other states. In this presentation based on his hilarious and thought-provoking New York Times bestselling book Oh Florida!, Mr. Pittman explains how what he calls "The Most Interesting State" got to be the way it is. Craig Pittman is

27th Annual Demp Week History of Hip Hop Symposium and Local Artist Showcase

TCC Center for Workforce Development Workforce Development, Center for Workforce Development, 444 Appleyard Dr., Tallahassee, Florida

The DJ DEMP Foundation is hosting the 27th Annual Demp Week History of Hip Hop Symposium at Tallahassee Community College in the Center for Workforce Development. This event is FREE to the public. The Hip Hop Symposium brings together scholars, local historians, and music industry professionals to discuss the evolution of hip-hop music and culture over the last 50 years in Florida. The panelists will discuss the cultural impact of

Dr. King in St. Augustine, 1964 | Dr. J. Michael Butler

Broward County Main Library 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The examination of two significant appearances by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine, FL in 1964. These crucial moments ignited a series of impactful events, including marches, arrests, and intense confrontations between protesters and law enforcement. Dr. J. Michael Butler, professor of history at Flagler College, will unveil the intricate dynamics between local and national objectives, offering a deeper understanding of their interplay. The Scholars Speaker Series, developed

Our Yiddish Shakespears

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

Delray Beach Public Library is pleased to present Our Yiddish Shakespeares as part of its Stories of Exile reading groups and programs. This enlightening lecture with Avi Hoffman presents an entertaining and educational evening introducing the depth and beauty of the great Yiddish writers. Through both Yiddish and English poetry and prose, rediscover the lost treasures of Yiddish culture. Avi Hoffman, award-winning actor, Jewish culture activist, founder & CEO of

Henry Flagler: Florida Visionary

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Henry Flagler was a self-made millionaire and industrialist who co-founded the Standard Oil Company. In time, the Flagler name would be more associated with the development of Florida and the construction of its railroads. He invested over $50 million in the state, most of the funds going towards the east coast of Florida through luxury resort hotels and the Florida East Coast Railway. This presentation showcases Henry Flagler's history and

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

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

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 Steinhouser has

Midtown Through Our Eyes: Opening Reception

Studio @620 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, Florida

Journeys in Journalism, a K-12 program of the Pinellas County Schools, presents highlights of the students' fall 2023 work, emphasizing photojournalism centered on the students' schools and the community, news and sports events, and a special project covering the redevelopment of the former Gas Plant neighborhood of south St. Petersburg. The exhibits' opening reception is Friday, January 12 at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. The exhibit is on view through February

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