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: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work 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.

Powerful Doctoring Women

Avon 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 Pioneers

Avon 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 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

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

Avon 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,

Rain: A History for Stormy Times

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

A natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from the torrents that filled the oceans four billion years ago to the modern story of climate change. A wellspring of life, rain also has a place in people's souls, from an ancient perfume region in Northern India to Seattle's inspirational rain-leaden skies. Too much and not enough, rain is a shared experience. This presentation shares the history of rain and how the

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

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

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, and

Florida Lore

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

From the Ashley Gang to the Devil's Millhopper and the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, Florida folk culture is brimming with fascinating characters and situations almost too amazing to be true. But are they true? This presentation is a dynamic performance from a master storyteller and professor who brings these legends to life and discusses their importance and whether it may not matter if they are fact or fiction. A must

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

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

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

Henry Flagler: Florida Visionary

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

Henry Flagler was a self-made millionaire and industrialist who co-founded the Standard Oil Company. In time, the Flagler name would be more associated with the development of Florida and the construction of its railroads. He invested over $50 million in the state, most of the funds going towards the east coast of Florida through luxury resort hotels and the Florida East Coast Railway. This presentation showcases Henry Flagler's history and

Scribbling Women in Florida

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

Scribbling Women in Florida: This program includes a dozen women authors who "ran south in agitation" to Florida, starting in the Reconstruction era through the late 20th century. We follow Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rachel Carson, as they explore the

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