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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BOOK DISCUSSION: Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Read "Tourist Season" by Carl Hiaasen and join the book discussion of how this book represents trueFLORIDA About "Tourist Season:" The first sign of trouble is a Shriner's fez washed up on a Miami beach. The next is a suitcase containing the almost-legless body of the local chamber of commerce president found floating in a canal...The locals are desperate to keep the murders under wraps and the tourist money flowing.

Myth of the Fountain of Youth

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Florida Historical Society Education Director, Ben Dibiase presents some facts behind the myth of the search for the fountain of youth! Follow up this program by reading The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White, for discussion February 15, 2020. This event is funded in part by a Florida Humanities Community Project grant, in partnership with the Friends of the Eau Gallie Public Library.

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne Wright

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Read the book and join the discussion of how "The Man Who Invented Florida" by Randy Wayne Wright represents trueFLORIDA. About "The Man Who Invented Florida": When solitary marine biologist Doc Ford focused his telescope on the woman in the white boat, he didn't know his life was about to be capsized: that his conniving uncle Tucker Gatrell would discover the Fountain of Youth, that The National Enquirer would write

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Exploring and celebrating the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state, folklorist Bob Stone, shares all aspects of cattle ranching traditions -- cracker cow whips, unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage, cowboy church, and cowboy funerals. About the Author: Bob Stone is an independent folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville. In 2011, the Florida Department of State honored him with the Florida Folk Heritage Award in recognition

Patrick Smith’s Florida Is A Land Remembered

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Rick Smith tells his father, Patrick Smith's, story of one of Florida's most beloved works of literature, "A Land Remembered," through visual storytelling featuring over 50 video clips, special visual and sound effects, music and more. Read the book and join in the discussion that follows moderated by Harry Coverston. About "A Land Remembered:" In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a

WWII & Florida

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

According to Florida Historical Society's Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, as World War II began in 1939, the population of Florida was less than two million people. The population of the state grew exponentially each decade after World War II, and military installations constructed during that conflict were a major factor in that growth. World War II provided Florida with unprecedented economic growth and revived areas that had been crippled during the

BOOK DISCUSSION: Lion’s Paw by Robb White

Eau Gallie Public Library 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, FL

Read "Lion's Paw" by Robb White and come and discuss how this book represents trueFLORIDA About "Lion's Paw:" The story of three children--two orphans and 15-year-old Ben--who commandeer Ben's sloop, the Lion's Paw, to escape their pursuers. As they blend their skills and strengths to overcome all sorts of new challenges and hardships, they learn to trust each other, work as a team, ignore pain, have fun, and never give

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