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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African and African-American Contributions to American Culture

Port Charlotte Library 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, Florida

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. The library's seating capacity is limited. Please register by calling 941-764-5562 or visiting the registration

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Females of Florida

The Niceville Community Center 204-C Partin Dr N, Niceville, 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.

One Nation Under God: Religion’s Impact on the United States: Seeing the Other: Sacred Listening and Portraits with Daniel Epstein

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida hosts a lecture with Daniel Epstein as part of their series One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States. Daniel Epstein, creator of the Portraits of Faith online project, shares a "photographic meditation" and how various people have answered his key questions around the world. Portraits of Faith focuses on publishing interviews, conducting "Sacred Listening" workshops and working to dismantle the

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World

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

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney's undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transaction. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Remembering Paradise Park

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL, United States

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs' owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African-American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation "Paradise Park for Colored People." From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit in the country. Registration and admission are not required to

Stories of Florida–Con Sabor!

CreArte Latino Theater 8251 15th St E I, Sarasota, Florida

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino- with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership,

James Weldon Johnson Park and Local Black History

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The tenth lecture explores James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida as site of contested memory, specifically of racial violence and Black resistance. Felicia Bevel also discusses this public space as a lens to understand Black history in Florida and important activists such as A Philip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, Eartha White, and Rodney Hurst.. Felicia Bevel

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

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

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?" Registration and admission are not required to attend, parking is

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Females of Florida

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

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

Operation Pedro Pan: The Voices and Stories of Cuba’s Child Exodus

University of Central Florida Student Union 12715 Pegasus Dr, Orlando, Florida

The University of Central Florida's Department of English hosts a two-day virtual and in-person bilingual schedule of programming featuring panel discussions, conversations, and music to bring awareness and understanding to the legacy of Operation Pedro Pan, an exodus of 14,000 unaccompanied minor refugees from Cuba to the United States from 1960 to 1962. Registration is required to attend on Zoom. Schedule of Events: Tuesday, March 28, 11:30 am -12 pm:

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

Union County Public Library 250 SE 5th Ave, Lake butler, FL, United States

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with impunity. 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

Florida Landmarks, Lodgings, and Legends

Lynn Pippenger Hall 50-378 7th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

The Florida Studies program at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg hosts longtime Tampa artists Charles Greacen and historian Gary Mormino for a conversation about Florida landmarks and lore, featuring personal narratives and a historical sense of state. In Greacen's "Florida Landmarks, Lodgings, and Legends," he creates meticulous, photo-like drawings of iconic structures in the Tampa Bay area and beyond accompanied by short histories, personal memories and observations. Greacen

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.

Chris Stirewalt: Broken News

Chris Stirewalt, former Fox News political editor, gives an inside view of the rage-driven political environment the United States has been plunged into. From Amazon: "Rage revenue-addicted news companies are plagued by shoddy reporting, sensationalism, groupthink, and partisan tribalism. Newsrooms rely on emotion-driven talk to entrance conflict-addled super users." This event is free to attend, but registration is required via the Eventbrite link. Stirewalt is a senior fellow at the

OBHS Florida History and Cultural Festival

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program during the Ormond Beach Historical Society's Florida History and Cultural Festival, including several museums, authors, artists, and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors. The festival occurs from 10 am-2 pm on April 1. At 12 pm, Diane Jacoby tells the story in period dress of the life of elegant 16th Spanish noblewoman, Dona de Maria de Menendez, illegitimate

Where Bright Thoughts Like Rivers Flow: Storytelling and Writing With and For the Cherokee Nation

Virtual/Online

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida hosts a virtual presentation by Dr. Emily Legg. Through a careful weaving of traditional Cherokee stories, cultural practices of duyuk'ta, and archival recovery work, Dr. Legg illustrates the participatory nature of Indigenous storytelling and the ways builds and sustains a community of knowledge-makers across time and place. Dr. Legg is a Cherokee Nation citizen and assistant professor of

“War Unfolding” First Look and Discussion

Dr. Phillips Center 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities and Digital Research presents an exclusive first look at War Unfolding, a documentary currently in production. The film follows historian Andrew Carroll, who takes viewers on a journey around the world to find and preserve letters written during wartime. This personal and emotional journey into war correspondence uncovers stories of loss and suffering but also of shared humanity. Following a first look of

The History of Aviation in Florida

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn about the incredible history of the early development of aviation in Florida, including commercial airlines and military aviation in the first half of the 20th century in the twelfth lecture with Stephen Craft. This lecture will also discuss the transition of early aviation to post-World War II rocket testing that laid a foundation for the space

With More Than Words: Exploring Material Rhetorics and Social Change

Union West Creative Village 601 W Livingston St, Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida's Department of Writing and Rhetoric presents a series of free and engaging community workshop sessions on April 7 that explore the intersections of storytelling, art, and activism through expert presentations, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussions. Sessions are free and open to all ages. Registration is required to attend. Attendees can register for one session or more. Schedule of Events for April 7:  1-2 PM: "Quiting as

Florida and Water: A Historical Perspective

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

This presentation chronicles Florida's long and difficult relationship with water. Dr. Steve Noll examines attempts to turn water into land and land into water throughout Florida's history, including contentious water-related issues like the potential restoration of the Everglades, the battle over the Ocklawaha River, the degradation of north Florida's iconic springs, and more. Registration and a $5 admission fee are required to attend. This program is part of public programming

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