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: Due to Hurricane Ian, some events have been canceled or postponed. We are working 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.

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

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

The civil rights movement in St. Augustine drew national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited twice in 1964, sparking marches, arrests, and clashes between protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches. Local and national objectives complemented and contradicted each other in ways that affect race relations today and are examined in this presentation. There is no registration for the event, and free parking is available in the library's lot.

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Virtual/Online

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings 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

African and African-American Contributions to Culture

Largo Public Library 120 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL

In this presentation, Dr. Bireda examines the many contributions enslaved Africans and African Americans have made to American culture. Traditional culture retentions survived the Middle Passage and have influenced present-day American culture. This presentation provides surprising and previously untold facts about the impact of African and African American culture upon American culture as a whole. This presentation focuses on contributions to medicine, health, and wellness. Registration is required to attend,

Tarpon Springs Gathering 2023

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks 735 Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Named after the fish that can be found in abundance off shore, Tarpon Springs is home to one of the largest Greek communities in the United States. The "Sponge Capital of the World" has been fundamentally influenced by water and possesses a rich Gulf Coast heritage. From March 3-4, 2023 join Florida Humanities as we travel to Tarpon Springs to soak up the fascinating history and culture of this waterfront

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Females of Florida

Pena-Peck House 143 St George St, St. Augustine, Florida

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 McCleod 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.

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Females of Florida

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

The Historical Society of Avon Park presents "More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Florida Females" by storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar. 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 McCleod Bethune, daughter of enslaved parents who went on to become

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Women

Virtual/Online

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 McCleod 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.

Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire

Virtual/Online

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. This event is free to attend

The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and other Wildlife

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

The Historical Society of Avon Park hosts "The State You're In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife" by author Craig Pittman. Over the past thirty years, Craig Pittman has written thousands of stories and columns about "The Most Interesting State". In this presentation based on 51 of these stories, he shows off the glorious weirdness of his native state. Stories of mermaids, con men, fugitives, gator wrasslers, death row

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