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.

Florida Talks Zoom-In Series: Florida Women, Advice, and Social Change

Virtual/Online

Newspaper advice columns started as lovelorn columns during Yellow Journalism as a way of showing that newspapers had a heart. These columns typically ran in the women's section of metropolitan newspapers, many in Florida, and included a mixture of content, from traditional to progressive. Learn how these columns affected Floridian women's lives and relationships in the 1950s and 1960s in this presentation. Kimberly Voss, PhD, is a professor of journalism

Florida and the Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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

In this presentation based on the book Above and Beyond, New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots that flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure proof of nuclear missiles. Michael J.

“Once Upon a Time in Florida:” Book Tour, Panel Four

Selby Public Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Join Florida Humanities and Sarasota 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

Exhibit Opening: “Make Your Voice Heard!”

Amelia Island Museum of History 233 South Third Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, United States

Join the Amelia Island Museum of History for the opening of their newest temporary exhibit, "Make Your Voice Heard!" This exhibit highlights Fernandina Beach's unique position as the first polling location after the Civil War to conduct integrated elections, resulting in the election of dozens of local Black officials throughout the Reconstruction period. The exhibit tracks the local successes and setbacks on the road to equitable voting rights for Black

Journaling Workshops with Artist Ruth Crowe

Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library 1300 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Led by mixed media artist Ruth E. Crowe, participants will be guided in an exploration of their own histories using expressive art journaling as a cathartic creative tool. Instead of relying solely on words, we will tap into our imaginative side using colors, sketches, and mixed media. Participants will have the opportunity to create expressive art journals by combining collage, writing, painting, and drawing. No prior artistic skills will be

Journaling Workshop with Artist Ruth Crowe

Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library 1300 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Led by mixed media artist Ruth E. Crowe, participants will be guided in an exploration of their own histories using expressive art journaling as a cathartic creative tool. Instead of relying solely on words, we will tap into our imaginative side using colors, sketches, and mixed media. Participants will have the opportunity to create expressive art journals by combining collage, writing, painting, and drawing. No prior artistic skills will be

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

When Superman first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian set the bar for the future of the medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages from the start, but their portrayal has been a subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic books and asks what are their real powers? Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology

PRESERVING VOICES: Immigrant Perspectives of American Life

Virtual

The Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate at the University of Tampa will be hosting the fourth public program in its "Preserving Voices" series, which brings alive the tradition and showmanship of the lector de tabaquería, or cigar factory reader. This panel, titled Immigrant Perspectives on American Life, will look at significant articles from the Cuban émigré press of Key West and New York City during the 1880s as these

Tallahassee Historical Society Bicentennial Historians Conference

Tallahassee Historical Society 3362 Foley Drive, Tallahassee, Florida

The Tallahassee Historical Society presents a free and open to the public historical conference. This will be a two day event with panel discussions from several historians commemorating the Bicentennial of Tallahassee and Leon County. Discussions will primarily focus on Florida's Territorial period, 1821-1845. Speakers: Dr. Larry Rivers, Professor of History Florida A&M University, Keynote speaker; Patsy West, independent scholar; Joe Knetsch, Independent scholar; James M. Denham, Professor of History

Movies that Make a Difference Film Festival

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

The Holocaust Education Resource Council is hosting the final installment of our film festival Movies that Make a Difference: Big Sonia! Big Sonia is a documentary film that follows the extraordinary life of Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor who, after losing her family in the concentration camps, rebuilds her life in the United States. The film explores Sonia's resilience and determination as she becomes a tailor, a beloved community figure,

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

Southwest Regional Library 16835 Sheridan St., Davie, Florida

Broward County Library presents Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers? with Magdalena Lamarre as part of the Scholar Speaker Series. When Superman first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian set the bar for the future of the medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages, but their portrayal has been a subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic

Film Screening: Lightning In A Bottle

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL

Join Florida Humanities, Tampa Bay Water, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History for a film screening and discussion on the 2023 documentary Lightning in A Bottle. The film explores the "water wars" that plagued the Tampa Bay region in the 1990s, and how local leaders came together to find a solution. A panel discussion will immediately follow the film. Moderated by Dr. Christopher Meindl, Director of the Florida Studies

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

Museum on Main Street Voices and Votes is on view at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center March 23-May 19, 2024. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked

Books By the Bay Festival 2024

Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center 117 E Government St, Pensacola, Florida

Books By the Bay, Pensacola's first outdoor book festival hosted by Emerald Coast Writers, welcomes more than 50 authors and featured speakers, booksellers, and library nonprofit groups. Along with readings, panels, and author talks, the day includes a haiku slam, interactive poetry writing inspirited by photos, a children's scavenger hunt, bookmark making and poetry writing for kids. Exhibitors will offer used, new, rare, and vintage books and book-inspired art for

Florida History and Cultural Festival | The DuVals: The First Family of Florida

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the Florida History and Cultural Festival on March 23. The festival includes several museums, authors, artists, and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors. The folklorist presentation, occurring from 2:15-3:15 pm, features William Pope DuVal who was appointed the first governor of Florida in 1821. DuVal was responsible for establishing a government for Florida, creating a capital, and spreading American culture. Together with his wife Nancy

Voices and Votes Opening Reception at Sulphur Springs Museum

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

The Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center welcomes the Smithsonian's "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America," an immersive and thought-provoking exploration of the evolution of democracy in the United States. Through photographs, objects, film, audio, and interactives, Voices and Votes explores the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government of, by and for the people. This opening event includes comments from local dignitaries, performances by community youth groups, hands-on activities

The Feisty, Fabulous Females of Florida

Northwest Regional Library 3151 North University Drive, Coral Springs, Florida

Broward County Library presents an illuminating presentation from the internationally celebrated storyteller and teaching artist, Carrie Sue Ayvar as part of the Scholar Speaker Series. 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

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