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.

Alert: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

English for Families at Hialeah Public Libraries

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library 190 W 49th St, Hialeah, Florida

Join Hialeah Public Libraries at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library every Wednesday, January 24 to April 10 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. Participants are encouraged to register to attend on Eventbrite or by

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sara Adams at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, FL, United States

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Assistant Branch Manager Stephanie Race who will chat about the meaning behind The

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida

The Cape Coral Lee County Public Library is hosting "Great Decisions," a discussion program on world affairs, created by the Foreign Policy Association. This program encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign policy and global issues, while discussing multiple viewpoints in a group setting. The 2024 discussion group meets weekly on Tuesdays for eight sessions from January 30 to March 19th, 2024. Each week focuses on a different foreign policy

Introduction to Community Journalism

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, Florida

WSLR presents the second in a series of public newsroom forums focused on building the local news ecosystem. Panelists and audience members discuss the role community journalism plays in telling under-reported stories, producing local news that better informs the public, and strengthening neighborhoods and civic engagement. Participating panelists include Johannes Werner, new director of WSLR; Eric Garwood, executive director of the Community News Collaborative; Kerry Seridan, reporter and host at

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Anastasia Island Branch Island 124 Sea Grove Main St., St Augustine Beach, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Anastasia Island Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Manager Sarah Scholter who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

The Water Works 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits The Water Works in St. Augustine from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and librarian Robert Camastro who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Bartram Trail Branch Library 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Bartram Trail Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Programs Coordinator Donna Braasch who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Hastings Branch Library 6195 S Main St., Hastings, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Hastings Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Programs Coordinator Emily Fox who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Southeast Branch Library 6670 US-1, St. Augustine, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Southeast Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Manager Todd Booth who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List, the

The Impact of Mary McLeod Bethune on the Daytona Beach Area

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the third program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn from Dr. Len Lempel how Mary McLeod Bethune and her school, The Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Negro Girls, immediately impacted Daytona upon her arrival in the city in 1904. The program focuses on Bethune and her school's impact in fostering greater interracial communication in Daytona, the promotion of racial integration, empowering and

The Sweetheart State: Florida Lore

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, 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. Dr. Neile

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place 1821 NW 21st Ave., Ocala, Florida

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, serving as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

The Hidden History of Florida

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, 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. 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 the

English for Families at Miami-Dade Public Library

Virtual/Online

Join the Miami-Dade Public Library System online every Monday, February 5 through April 15 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. Participants are required to register online for all ten classes. Participants receive all ten Zoom

Mount Vernon, A History

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Leesburg Public Library on Zoom or at the library to learn about the history of Mount Vernon, George Washington's Virginia home, presented by retired librarian Tom Wilcox. Q&A to follow. Registration is required to attend. Parking is available in the library's parking lot and the garage located adjacent to the library. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in America opening at the Leesburg Public Library on November 16,

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 February 7 through April 10 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. To receive the full benefit of the program, it is strongly recommended patrons attend all 10 sessions.

A. Philip Randolph: His Life and Times

Old St. Andrews Church 317 A.P.Randolph St., Jacksonville, Florida

Join Dr. Alan Bliss, Senator Tony Hill, and Dr. David Jamison as they explore the life and legacy of Asa Philip Randolph. A. Philip Randolph made many contributions to Northeast Florida and the civil rights movement. The panel will discuss the community impact of A. Philip Randolph papers and work. Dr. Alan Bliss, Chief Executive Officer of Jacksonville Historical Society; Dr. David Jamison, Assistant Professor of History at Edward Waters

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

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

From the violent and fatal 1921 election riots in Ocoee through modern redistricting issues, this presentation explores voter suppression in Florida over one hundred 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

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases, and airfields increased from 8 to 172

Women of To-Morrow: The Social Activism of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fourth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn how the literary friendship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow contributed to women's suffrage and other first wave feminist endeavors. Dr. Ashley Lear draws upon research from her book on the two authors to describe the ways in which both women addressed systemic social issues through their literature and their literary reputations, their

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