YOUR STORIES. OUR HISTORY.
For half a century, Florida Humanities has been at the forefront of championing the importance of the humanities in our state, fostering a deep understanding of our multitude of cultures, traditions, and stories. Our lives, our communities and our history create a rich tapestry of human experiences that illuminate our shared connections, enrich our knowledge and shape a brighter future for Florida. Join us to celebrate 50 years of being committed to preserving, promoting and sharing the history, literature, cultures and stories of Florida. Thank you to everyone who has believed in our mission, and we hope you will continue to support us during this special year and beyond!
GIVE $50 FOR OUR 50TH!
Florida Humanities has been the storyteller of Florida’s history, heritage and cultures for 50 years! Join in our yearlong celebration with a special 50th anniversary gift, and your gift will be doubled up to $25,000 thanks to several generous donors with our 50th Anniversary Matching Challenge! Will you consider a special gift of $50 or more today to celebrate 50 years of Florida Humanities and help sustain the future of our organization?
50 YEARS WITH 50 STORIES!
We are celebrating our 50th anniversary by publishing a special 300-plus page book, Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. Curated from the timeless and treasure-filled archives of FORUM, the award-winning magazine of Florida Humanities, this anthology presents 50 often surprising and always intriguing stories of life in Florida written by some of the nation’s most acclaimed writers and scholars.
Edited by Jacki Levine, former FORUM editor, Once Upon a Time in Florida opens more than 14,000 years ago with the
first people to inhabit the peninsula and continues through the state’s territorial beginnings, the era of slavery, statehood, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period, and Florida’s transformation into a complex, powerful megastate.
- November 8, 2023 – Florida Historic Capitol Museum (Tallahassee)
- January 14, 2024 – Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando)
- February 24, 2024 – North Regional / Broward College Library (Coconut Creek) REGISTER!
- March 15, 2024 – Selby Public Library (Sarasota) REGISTER!
- May 1, 2024 – Matheson History Museum (Gainesville) REGISTER!
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST FLORIDA HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Florida Humanities celebrates the humanities in Miami, exploring the literature, cultures, music, cuisine, and history that shape the human experience of South Florida!
From March 8-9, 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!
LISTEN TO OUR NEW PODCAST
Can’t get enough of the incredible stories inside FORUM magazine? Then, go beyond the pages, and hear from the writers behind some of your favorite articles. Florida Humanities’ new podcast FORUM: Beyond the Pages will take you behind the scenes of upcoming issues with conversations with the writers who bring some of the most fascinating Florida topics to life.
Catch new episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube!
CREATE YOUR OWN HUMANITIES EXPERIENCE
“Florida’s Passport to the Humanities” is a fun, new way to connect to the historical, arts and cultural gems located throughout the Sunshine State — and be rewarded along the way!
With this handy guide as your roadmap, you’ll find 50 unique places and events from the Panhandle to the Keys that share Florida’s history, heritage, cultures and traditions. From literary events to cultural festivals to historic tours, this online booklet is divided into six pathways to explore: literature, music, history and heritage, food, visual arts and the environment. Inside you’ll find some familiar names, but many little-known places and events that you’ve probably never heard of, or have always wanted to learn more about.
VISIT THE NEW SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION EXHIBITION IN 2024
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a Museum on Main Street exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, will embark on its Florida tour during our 50th anniversary year. From March 2024 to January 2025, five venues across the state will host this powerful exhibit, which explores the action, reaction, vision and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country.
Through historical and contemporary photos, educational and archival video, historical objects and multimedia interactive games, visitors will learn about the origin of American democracy, its struggles and triumphs and the rights and responsibilities of citizenry.