Florida Conversations

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook.

Florida Conversations is underwritten by the TBHC Endowment Fund at USF and co-sponsored by USF Libraries Florida Studies Center
and the Tampa Bay History Center, with media support from WUSF Public Media.

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April, 2021

For more than a year, History Center staff have been researching the history of Hernando County’s Chinsegut Hill, meticulously cataloging artifacts, working to separate fact from folklore, and documenting the contemporary story of the property when it was an idyllic retreat for USF students in the 1990s. Go behind the scenes at Chinsegut Hill and hear what it takes to breathe new life into this historic Florida property. 

Photo courtesy of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System


MAY, 2021


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST


Offered both in person
and online.

Presented by Chip Weiner & Rodney Kite-Powell

Local photographer Chip Weiner dug into the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection – a massive photo archive of Tampa Bay that spans the 1880s through the 1960s – to create a series of before-and-after views of Tampa. Some iconic structures – like cigar factories or the University of Tampa – remain, while other sites are unrecognizable. The History Center’s Rodney Kite-Powell talks with Weiner about Tampa’s changing landscape.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public, and 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.

For more information, contact the History Center at 813.228.0097.

801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

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