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.

A Motion Picture Paradise!: The History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida

Often overlooked in its contribution to film history, Florida has played a key role in creating the modern entertainment industry. This presentation discusses how Florida became a "third coast" to the American film and television industries over the past one hundred years. Starting with the first film pioneers in Jacksonville during the 1900s and 1910s to South Florida's television boom during the 2000s and 2010s, Florida has inspired countless exciting

The Hidden History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida

Beginning in 1565 with the founding of St. Augustine, Florida has been making history; but, much of it is hidden. In his entertaining presentation, Dr. Clark traces the little-known facts of Florida, including the story of the state flag, the origin of Florida's largest grocery store chain, Coca-Cola billionaires, and the origin of cars on the beach with over thirty unique and fast-paced stories. This presentation is based on the

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place 1821 NW 21st Ave., Ocala, Florida

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, serving 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

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

Ocala Main Library 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, Florida

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

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