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.

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.

BookMania! 2024: Thriller and Suspense

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

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Daby Kane, Armando Lucas Correa, Ana Reyes, and Megan Collins for a panel all about thrillers and suspense novels. Moderated by career bookseller Amanda Brack, the authors discuss themes of secrecy, family loyalty, and marriage, and how to craft the perfect suspenseful plot. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Darby Kane is a former trial attorney and #1 international bestseller of domestic suspense. Her debut book,

BookMania! 2024: Love, Friendship, and Ever After’s

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

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Kristy Woodson Harvey, Melissa Rivero, and Annabel Monaghan for a panel about love in many forms in novels . Moderated by Linda Weiksnar, the authors discuss themes of friendship, family, and true love. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including The Wedding Veil, Under the Southern Sky , and The Peachtree Bluff series,

BookMania! 2024: Historical Fiction

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

BookMania! 2024 hosts authors Talia Carner, Patti Callahan Henry, and Katherine Reay for a panel about historical fiction . Moderated by former library foundation president Paula Hundt, the authors discuss themes of perseverance, empowerment, and escapism through historical fiction. Signing to follow the panel discussion. Talia Carner is the former publisher of Savy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women's economic forums. The Boy with the Star Tattoo is

The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

Seminole County Public Library- Northwest Branch 580 Green Way Blvd., Lake Mary, Florida

Post office murals are visible and enduring symbols of New Deal ideology that provide lasting evidence of governmental art patronage during the Great Depression. Not just for picking up mail or sending packages, during the 1930s post offices offered a place to meet neighbors and catch up on news. In Florida, 16 new post offices were built between 1937 and 1943, and each was decorated with murals or relief sculptures

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Seminole County Public Library- East Branch 310 N Division St., Oviedo, 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

Lives of the Parties: The History of Political Parties in the United States

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Librarian Robert Voyles to learn about the history of political parties in the United States from its founding to the current party system. This program examines the assortment of parties that have risen and fallen in the U.S.'s political history, their ideological origins, how their platforms developed over time, and the partisan struggles between them that shaped the political landscape. Registration is required to attend. Free parking is available

Augusta Savage, Sculptor

Old St Andrews Church 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida

The Jacksonville Historical Society and the Jacksonville History Center present a lecture about the life and work of Augusta Savage as part of a Women's History Month Speaker Series. Born in Green Cove Springs, on February 29, 1892, Augusta Christine Fells Savage began creating sculptures from natural clay found in her backyard. She moved to Jacksonville in 1920 to support herself by sculpting busts of prominent blacks in the community,

Alienation and Displacement in Caribbean Literary

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

Delray Beach Public Library is pleased to present Alienation and Displacement in Caribbean Literary and Oral Texts as part of its Stories of Exile reading groups and programs for public libraries. This presentation will explore the literary works of NourbeSe Philip and Edwidge Danticat as well as the musical poetics of Bob Marley. The theme of exile pervades these Caribbean texts, whether literary or oral, due to the multiple displacement

Welcome Reception for the Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida

The Historic Hampton House 4240 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida

Join Florida Humanities to kick off the inaugural Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida. The celebration is being hosted at the Historic Hampton House. Mix and mingle with Florida Humanities staff and board members, festival panelists, and other humanities supporters. The festival will continue on March 9 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex with a full day of activities. Attendees will explore the literature, cultures, music, cuisine, and history that shape

Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida—Day 2

Little Haiti Cultural Complex 212-260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida

Join Florida Humanities to celebrate the humanities in Miami, exploring the literature, cultures, music, cuisine, and history that shape the human experience of South Florida! At this inaugural festival, participants will engage in community discussions and networking opportunities focused on supporting, creating, and uplifting humanities projects. Also join us for art tours, a film screening, networking opportunities, and of course, food, fun, and festivities On this second day, join humanities

International Women’s Day Breakfast

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

Museum of Science and History Jacksonville presents a celebration of International Women's Day featuring a catered breakfast from women-owned 1928 Cuban Bistro, a keynote from Jacksonville's first female mayor Donna Deegan, and a discussion panel and Q&A with local women leading in STEM career fields. Local women-owned businesses will be tabling throughout the first floor exhibit spaces and guests may enjoy a guided tour of MOSH's new traveling exhibit Ice

Indigenous Fort Caroline: The Mocama Side of the Story

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the sixth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Denise I. Bossy shares how on May 1, 1562, the French began to explore present-day Jacksonville to identify a suitable location for a potential colony. They returned in 1564 to establish Fort Caroline and in September 1565 lost a legendary battle to the Spanish for control over La Florida--a battle that occurred over and in the

Sunshine State Soundtrack: The Famous Musicians of Florida

Barbara Sumwalt Museum Bokeelia, Florida

More than just a melting pot of cultures, Florida is a melting pot of music. From conga to country, rap to rock, pop songs to disco beats, the state's diversity is reflected in the songs and sounds of some of America's most notable performers. Florida's discography of artists spans nearly every genre of music, from balladeers like Pat Boone to country artists like Slim Whitman, and rockers and pop stars

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