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

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

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.

Manatees and Florida Culture

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fifth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Steve Noll shares how within the past 50 years manatees have become as much a symbol of Florida as oranges and Disney World. This program examines how and why this phenomenon has happened and how humans and manatees maintain a tense relationship in an environment in which manatees continued to be imperiled. Steve Noll, Ph.D., is

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Halifax Historical Museum 252 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL, United States

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

“Once Upon a Time in Florida:” Book Tour, Panel Three: We Were Strangers Here Ourselves, Panel Three

North Regional/Broward College Library 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, Florida

Join Florida Humanities and Broward County Library 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 scholars and writers whose stories were selected

Home: A Journey through Time, Space, and Memory

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

Delray Beach Public Library presents Home: A Journey through Time, Space, and Memory as part of its "Stories of Exile" reading groups and programs for public libraries. Storyteller, Caren Neile, facilitates a lively and moving exploration of stories of home-what they mean and how they make people who they are. Participants will then draw a memory map of a street, neighborhood, or town from a place that was once home

Henry Flagler: Florida Visionary

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

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

Florida’s Got Soul!

Alvin Sherman Library 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James and Bobby Purify, Betty Wright, and Linda Lyndell are some of the great soul performers with Florida roots. While many rightly associate soul music with Motown, Memphis, or New Orleans, this presentation, based on John Capouya's award-winning book Florida Soul, reveals the rich but under-appreciated musical heritage of the Sunshine State. This engaging presentation includes classic soul music and vintage photographs in an educational

Good Day Sunshine State: The Beatles in 1964 Florida

Virtual/Online

Through dozens of primary interviews, letters, photographs, and court transcripts, Kealing chronicles the Beatles' travels in this presentation through the potboiler that was 1964 Florida. Bob Kealing is the author of five books on Florida history and culture. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winning retired reporter and two-time recipient of the Edward R Murrow Award. Also a historic preservationist, Kealing is the founder of Four Florida Heritage Sites, commemorating Jack

Women in STEM Night

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

Museum of Science and History-Jacksonville and ScienceSis present a new collaborative exhibit "Powering the Next Generation: Black Women in STEM." Eight local women of color leading Jacksonville's STEM fields describe their journeys in STEM with the purpose to inspire young learners of color to pursue STEM-focused interests and career possibilities. This special evening event features the opening of this new exhibit and a meet and greet and Q&A with the

The Art of Walt Disney

Seminole County Public Library- West Branch 245 N Hunt Club Blvd., Longwood, Florida

Walt Disney made significant contributions to the history of animation, film, and architecture, not to mention life in Florida. This presentation offers an in-depth look at the art and life of Walt Disney and discusses his impact on the development of cartoons, short- and feature-length movies, and theme parks. Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

Southwest Regional Library 16835 Sheridan St., Davie, Florida

Broward County Library presents Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time as part of the Speaker Scholar Series. This presentation introduces audiences to a variety of Florida Seminole portraits from the nineteenth 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 changing perspectives of Native Americans and the Florida Seminole. With a focus

Underground History Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library 140 7th Ave S, St Petersburg, Florida

Preserve the Burg and Merfolk Media Alliance present a screening of Underground History, a documentary that explores the stories of erased communities in St. Petersburg, revealing layers of history under the city. Designed to explore connections between the Tampa Bay region's diverse cultural history and emerging community efforts to acknowledge that past in charting the future, Underground History considers the links between the remaining archeological sites of the region's indigenous ancestors,

Florida Talks Zoom-In Series: Fabulous Fictional Florida

Virtual/Online

Douglas. Rawlings. Hurston. Hemingway. These are not simply the names of iconic authors; they are the names of iconic Florida authors. This lively program invites the audience to listen to interpretive readings of passages from great Florida books, learn the life stories of their creators, and come to love Florida literature through a lively analysis of what makes these stories come to life. Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., M.F.A., has taught

Fabulous Fictional Florida

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

Douglas. Rawlings. Hurston. Hemingway. These are not simply the names of iconic authors; they are the names of iconic Florida authors. This lively program invites the audience to listen to interpretive readings of passages from great Florida books, learn the life stories of their creators, and come to love Florida literature through a lively analysis of what makes these stories come to life. Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., M.F.A., has taught

American Stage’s Lift Every Voice New Play Festival Keynote Address: Making a Way Out of No Way

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida

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 twenty-five years, she

BookMania! 2024

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

The Library Foundation of Martin County and The Martin County Library System host BookMania! at Jensen Beach High School on March 2. Emerging and prominent authors and writers participate in multiple panel discussions and signings across a variety of genres, including thriller and suspense, historical fiction, romantic fiction, and more. Since its inception in 1995, BookMania! has hosted over 450 emerging and best-selling authors, attracting participants from all over the

BookMania! 2024: Sea Stories—Fact and Fiction

Jensen Beach High School 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach, Florida

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Kevin Sites and Earl Swift for a panel on sea survival stories both fact and fiction. Moderated by Peggy Chittum, the authors discuss themes of survival, love, loss, and redemption in unpredictable environments. Kevin Sites is an award-winning journalist and author. He has worked as a reporter for more than thirty years, half of that covering war and disaster for ABC, CNN, NBC, Yahoo News, and

More than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Female of Florida

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL, United States

Though not always in the history books, the women who helped build, form, shape, and develop the state have inspired hope and possibility. Stories of strong, courageous women like Julia Tuttle, known as the Mother of Miami, or Mary McLeod Bethune, daughter of enslaved parents who went on to become an advisor to several US presidents, and other brave women who influenced and impacted their communities, Florida, and the nation.

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