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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Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Leesburg Public Library for a first-hand account from Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood, about the history of the United States during his time from his childhood on the frontier to the 12 turbulent years from 1854-1865 that resulted in a new birth of freedom. This is a 60-minute program followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter. Mr. Wood has

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum 200 Greene St., Key West, Florida

From the earliest depiction of Florida on the 1511 "Martyr Map" to a 21st-century view of Florida from space, this presentation shows the dramatic changes that have occurred in Sunshine State over the past 500 years through historic maps. Rodney Kite-Powell is the Director of the Touchton Map Library at the Tampa Bay History Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Master of

Voices from Florida: Water Flows East

Coral Gables Branch Library 3443 Segovia St., Coral Gables, Florida

Join Rebecca Wood, environmental educator and Swamped In the Glades! board game creator, for a discussion about the historical flow and significance of transverse glades, their transformation into modern-day canals, and how directly we all impact and are impacted by the Everglades every single day. Rebecca Wood has been an environmental educator in South Florida for over a decade, working independently, as well as through a handful of organizations, to

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

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

Executive Director’s Book Club: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Virtual / Online

Join Florida Humanities’ Executive Director Nashid Madyun and Zora Neale Hurston Scholar Rae Chesney for a discussion on Hurston’s book Their Eyes Were Watching God. This Harlem Renaissance classic follows Janie Crawford, a young African American woman, as she tells the story of the past 20 years of her life to her best friend Pheoby.   Zora Neale Hurston was born in Alabama in 1891, but raised in the historic African-American

Movies that Make a Difference: Plan A

The Challenger Learning Center 200 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, Florida

The Holocaust Education Resource Council is hosting a screening of the film Plan A as part of our Movies that Make a Difference film festival on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center. Set in a post-World War II era, this captivating story follows a group of Holocaust survivors who devise a plan to seek justice against their oppressors. As their determination and resilience collide with the

Florida Talks: Afro-Caribbean Migration to Florida

Lake Worth Beach City Library 15 N M St., Lake Worth, Florida

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,

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


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


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

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