The Tampa Bay History Center offers a variety of courses, lectures, conversation series and book reviews on a regular basis. These programs will help you to know and appreciate more about where you live today as well as the rich heritage of our past.
Florida Conversations is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and supported by WUSF Public Media, and features authors and presenters covering a variety of Florida topics, from politics to fiction, history to environmental issues.
The History Center’s long-running lecture series returns this fall in an all-online format. Tune in via Zoom, Facebook and Youtube.
A Zoom link will be emailed to you once you have registered for this program.
A Conversation with Pam Iorio
From Saloons to Steak Houses: A History of Tampa with Andy Huse
The Story and Legacy of the Ocoee Massacre with Pam Schwartz
Millard Fillmore Caldwell: Governing On The Wrong Side Of History with Gary Mormino
The History Center is proud partners with USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to offer courses on Florida history and culture. Registration for all courses is via USF OLLI. OLLI member fee is waived for History Center members.
September 18, 2020 • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
OLLI FRIDAY LECTURE
Exploring Life on Florida’s Frontier: Historic Chinsegut Hill (1850-1954)
Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Florida Plantations: From Servitude to Emancipation, and from the Panhandle to Center Florida
Session #3 will be a field trip to Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville
Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m – Noon: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, October 21 and Oct. 28
TAMPA’S HSITORIC PERSONALITIES
FROM SALOONS TO STEAK HOUSES: A HISTORY OF TAMPA
Wed • Nov 4, 11, 18 • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grab a cup of coffee and join us once a month for an informal discussion about the best in Florida literature. Topics range from fiction to food, poetry to politics. Please complete the registration form below.
Naked Came the Florida Man by Tim Dorsey
Discussion Leaders – Valerie & Sam Mallis
From Saloons to Steak Houses: A History of Tampa by Andy Huse
Discussion Leader – Shelley Blood
Grant Park by Leonard Pitts
Reviewed by Sharon Masturzo
Tampa Bay Noir Short Stories by Colette Bancroft & many others
Discussion Leaders – Penny, Angela & Louise
The Real McCoy by Frederic F Van de Water (out of print)
Documentary available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/144350191
Discussion Leader – Inace Massari
The Committee by Sterling Watson
Discussion Leader – John Neukamm
Salt River by Randy Wayne White
Discussion Leader – Jerry & Patty Lyons
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston
Discussion Leader – Angela O’Connell
Cat Tales: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther by Craig Pittman
Discussion Leader – Valerie Wolf
JULY 15 – SUMMER READING
Sangria & Stories
Sangria & Stories is a casual, fun way to hear the hidden stories of the History Center’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits. Special guest speakers discuss a single object, a temporary exhibit or selected pieces from the permanent galleries. Program includes free under-building garage parking, gallery presentation and a glass of sangria. Space is limited to 25; reservations are required. Make an evening of it and have dinner at the Columbia Cafe before or after the program.
Grab a friend, raise a pint and let’s talk history. Tap Talks take place at local breweries around the bay area. Check the event calendar to see what’s brewing.