All Events

 

October 2019

OCT. 2

USF/OLLI: Tampa’s Founders on the Riverwalk

Wednesdays beginning Oct. 2

This four-session OLLI course reveals the stories behind the 30 personalities from the past that line Tampa’s Riverwalk …

 

OCT. 5

Madame Fortune Taylor Walking Tour

Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A former slave, business owner and community leader, tour the original homestead of one of Tampa’s leading African-American pioneers. …

 

OCT. 5

Pensacola: Florida’s Second City

Opening Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 10:00 a.m. 

Rare maps from the Touchton Map Collection tell the story of Florida’s second-oldest city …

 

OCT. 5

Sensory-Friendly Saturday 

Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Disturbances are minimized for visitors with special sensory processing needs. …

 

OCT. 8

Florida Conversations: The Story of Zion Cemetery 

Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay Times reporters Paul Guzzo and James Borchuk discuss their discovery of Zion Cemetery, lost for almost a century. …

 

OCT. 12

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District during this outdoor, Saturday morning walking tour ….

 

OCT. 17

History Center Book Group: The Nickel Boys

Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Gather for an informal review and discussion of Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” ….

 

OCT. 19

Brick History

Opening Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 10 a.m.

Featuring key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings, history comes to life in LEGO® bricks  …

OCT. 19

Downtown Tampa Walking Tour

Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the History Center for a 90-minute walking tour of Tampa’s historic downtown. This guided tour highlights the iconic landmarks, colorful characters, groundbreaking events   …

OCT. 20

Night at the Museum

Sunday, Oct. 20 

Haunt the History Center with ghosts from Florida’s past and Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion …

OCT. 22

Sangria and Stories: Brick History 

Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 6 – 7 p.m.

Lean how LEGO® Bricks became an international success and try your hand at building a masterpiece of your own …

OCT. 26

Central Avenue Black History Walking Tour

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Led by a History Center docent Ersula K. Odom, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district …

OCT. 26

Living History Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3 pm

Get face-to-face with Florida history during Living History Saturdays! …

 

OCT. 27

H.B. Plant’s 200th Birthday

Sunday, Oct. 27 @ 3:00 – 4 pm

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Henry Plant with a special lecture, book signing, and of course, birthday cake! …

 

OCT. 30

TBHC OLLI Course: Florida’s Foods – Past and Present

Three Wednesday sessions beginning Oct. 30 @ 10:00 a.m.

Break bread with us! Historian Gary Mormino and a variety of special guests give a taste of Florida’s culinary culture …

 

November 2019

NOV. 5

Sangria and Stories: Tales from a 1980s Creative Ghetto

Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 6 – 7 p.m.

Author Paul Wilborn looks back at the Ybor City arts scene of the 1980s, sharing stories from his collection of short stories …

NOV. 9

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

Saturday, Nov. 9 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District during this outdoor, Saturday morning walking tour ….

 

NOV. 13

Florida Conversations: Madalena, A Tocabaga Woman

Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Historian Scott Cave tells the true story of a 16th-century Tocobaga woman who was kidnapped by conquistadors, traveled …

NOV. 16

Downtown Tampa Walking Tour

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the History Center for a 90-minute walking tour of Tampa’s historic downtown. This guided tour highlights the iconic landmarks, colorful characters, groundbreaking events   …

NOV. 16

LEGO® Bricks 4 Kidz

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Build, learn and play as you create a Fighter Jet! Learn about MacDill Air Force Base

NOV. 16

LEGO Brick Retro Game Night

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ 7 – 9 p.m.

The History Center Teen Council leads this retro game night battle.  …

NOV. 23

Central Avenue Black History Walking Tour

Saturday, Nov. 23 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Led by a History Center docent Ersula K. Odom, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district …

December 2019

DEC. 4

Florida Conversations: The Shifting Sands of Egmont Key

Wednesday, Dec. 4 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A collaboration between USF researchers, the Seminole Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the Egmont Key Alliance …

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DEC. 14

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District during this outdoor, Saturday morning walking tour ….

 

DEC. 21

Downtown Tampa Walking Tour

Saturday, Dec. 21 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the History Center for a 90-minute walking tour of Tampa’s historic downtown. This guided tour highlights the iconic landmarks, colorful characters, groundbreaking events   …

DEC. 28

Central Avenue Black History Walking Tour

Saturday, Dec. 28 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Led by a History Center docent Ersula K. Odom, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district …

801 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

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