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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The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military ExpAvon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States
The Historical Society of Avon Park hosts author James Abraham to present "The Fighting Baileys: Florid'as Black Military Experience". During World War II and Korean War, seven brothers from a black Punta Gorda family served overseas. Yet, the family received no acclaim for over fifty years for their exploits. From a high-flying Tuskegee airman to a grunt in the Red Ball Express, the Bailey brothers' struggles in a Jim Crow
Powerful Doctoring WomenAvon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States
Dr. Bireda will explore and examine critical issues past and present that impact our global society. Listen, learn, taste, and touch as Granny/Midwife Pearl shares the plants and herbs she uses to keep enslaved Africans healthy on the Bellamy Plantation. Learn about herbs used for preventative, curative, as well as resistance purposes by women who refused to breed children for the slave economy. This program is a partnership between the
Florida’s Female PioneersAvon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States
Join the Historical Society of Avon Park for Peggy Macdonald's Florida Female Pioneers. Florida's Female Pioneers explores some of the founding women who have shaped Florida, including Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated school in Florida. Harriet Beecher Stowe kick-started Florida's tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the first in her family to be born into freedom, became one
More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Females of FloridaAvon 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
The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other WildlifeAvon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States
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 30 years, 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 inmates,