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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History of the Civil War in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the tenth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Join author Robert Redd on a tour of the lesser-known aspects of Florida during the Civil War in this program. Robert Redd is currently the Cultural Coordinator for the County of Volusia and was the Executive Director of the New Smyrna Museum of History. He has published six books through Arcadia Publishing on history. He holds a

The Cuban Missile Crisis in Central Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the ninth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Lewis Metzger explores how the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the two world superpowers at the time, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This Cold War nuclear armed conflict was the closest the world has ever come to nuclear warfare. This program investigates the role of military installations like MCO Air

History of the Cape and Space Program

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the eighth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Seth Mayo shares how Florida has been the nation's gateway to space for over 60 years and continues to serve that function now and into the future. This program takes attendees back in time to learn about the burgeoning space program in Florida and how it has shaped what is seen today through Mayo's own experiences covering

World War II Air Bases and Coast Guard Stations in Northeastern Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the seventh program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Robert Mattson shares how Florida was a key strategic state in the nation's war efforts during World War II. The program provides an overview of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard bases and facilities in northeast Florida prior to and during World War II. Mattson explores a brief history of each facility and the ships and

Florida History and Cultural Festival | The DuVals: The First Family of Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the Florida History and Cultural Festival on March 23. The festival includes several museums, authors, artists, and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors. The folklorist presentation, occurring from 2:15-3:15 pm, features William Pope DuVal who was appointed the first governor of Florida in 1821. DuVal was responsible for establishing a government for Florida, creating a capital, and spreading American culture. Together with his wife Nancy

Indigenous Fort Caroline: The Mocama Side of the Story

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the sixth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Denise I. Bossy shares how on May 1, 1562, the French began to explore present-day Jacksonville to identify a suitable location for a potential colony. They returned in 1564 to establish Fort Caroline and in September 1565 lost a legendary battle to the Spanish for control over La Florida--a battle that occurred over and in the

Manatees and Florida Culture

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fifth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Dr. Steve Noll shares how within the past 50 years manatees have become as much a symbol of Florida as oranges and Disney World. This program examines how and why this phenomenon has happened and how humans and manatees maintain a tense relationship in an environment in which manatees continued to be imperiled. Steve Noll, Ph.D., is

Women of To-Morrow: The Social Activism of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fourth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn how the literary friendship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow contributed to women's suffrage and other first wave feminist endeavors. Dr. Ashley Lear draws upon research from her book on the two authors to describe the ways in which both women addressed systemic social issues through their literature and their literary reputations, their

The Impact of Mary McLeod Bethune on the Daytona Beach Area

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the third program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn from Dr. Len Lempel how Mary McLeod Bethune and her school, The Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Negro Girls, immediately impacted Daytona upon her arrival in the city in 1904. The program focuses on Bethune and her school's impact in fostering greater interracial communication in Daytona, the promotion of racial integration, empowering and

Florida’s Historic Mega Mansions

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting this Florida Humanities grant-funded program. Learn how Florida is home to some of the most amazing historic mansions in the United States. Many of these homes were built by the mega-industrialists who found Florida as their winter playground. All of the homes are open to the public for tours as museums and it is a great way to discover Florida's history, heritage, and

Early History of Naval Aviation

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting this Florida Humanities grant-funded program. Learn how in January 1914, an old battleship and a sea-worn collier arrived at the abandoned Pensacola Navy Yard in western Florida. Embarked were the entire US Navy Flying Corps and their fragile flying boats, and their mission was to establish the first Naval Air Station and advance the development of Naval aviation. Dr. Murphy's lecture will discuss

Naval Civil War in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn about the little-known adventures of the Navy during the American Civil War in Florida in the final lecture of the series. This program is based on Robert Mattson's book The Civil War Navy in Florida and provides a broad overview of naval actions in Florida during the American Civil War. Robert Mattson researches and portrays Union

Florida Food in the Golden Era of Women’s Page Journalism

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn how Florida's women's pages were considered the best in the country in the 1950s and 1960s in the 15th lecture in the series with Dr. Kimberly Voss. This lecture features pioneering food journalists Jeanne Voltz, Jane Nickerson, and Ruth Gray. Kimberly Voss, PhD, is a full professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida and

U-Boats, Saboteurs, and Orange Groves: Florida in World War II

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The twelfth lecture explores Florida's role in World War II and how it was far more consequential to the safety of the United States than previously realized and how Florida was necessary in the defense of mainland United States and how it won the largest war in history. Ryan Lowry runs Patriot Preservation LLC which specializes in

Florida’s Female Pioneers

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting its 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn how pioneering women shaped Florida in this twelth lecture. This lecture features Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated school in Florida, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the first and only female Florida Seminole Tribal Chair. Dr. Peggy Macdonald is a public historian and adjunct professor at Stetson

The History of Aviation in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. Learn about the incredible history of the early development of aviation in Florida, including commercial airlines and military aviation in the first half of the 20th century in the twelfth lecture with Stephen Craft. This lecture will also discuss the transition of early aviation to post-World War II rocket testing that laid a foundation for the space

OBHS Florida History and Cultural Festival

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program during the Ormond Beach Historical Society's Florida History and Cultural Festival, including several museums, authors, artists, and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors. The festival occurs from 10 am-2 pm on April 1. At 12 pm, Diane Jacoby tells the story in period dress of the life of elegant 16th Spanish noblewoman, Dona de Maria de Menendez, illegitimate

James Weldon Johnson Park and Local Black History

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The tenth lecture explores James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida as site of contested memory, specifically of racial violence and Black resistance. Felicia Bevel also discusses this public space as a lens to understand Black history in Florida and important activists such as A Philip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, Eartha White, and Rodney Hurst.. Felicia Bevel

History of Fishing in Ponce Inlet, Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The ninth lecture shares the history of fishing in Ponce Inlet. From the Timucuan Indians to the modern-day fleet and conservation efforts, Chad Macfie shares the stories and pictures from the families, fishermen, and locals who created the backbone of Ponce Inlet as it is known today. Chad Macfie started his career at the Florida Museum of

The French Connection

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The sixth presentation will how the French had a long connection to Florida dating back to 1563 with their colony of Fort Caroline. Campbell Town, Napoleon's nephew, French aid during the American Revolutionary War, pirates, John James Audubon, merci trains and more are discussed in this presentation about the French influence in Florida over the last 500

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