Florida Conversations

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook and in-person at the History Center.

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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View of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard showing hurricane damage to streetcar tracks. October 29, 1921, Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection. Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.

Hurricane of 1921 Anniversary

On October 25, 1921, Tampa Bay suffered the most destructive hurricane to hit the area since 1848. A storm surge estimated at 11 feet destroyed substantial portions of the sea wall along with coastal locations. The storm surge inundated areas along Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard. Learn about the history of this devastating event at the History Center’s Florida Conversation presentation with a Q&A session.

Presented by Dr. Brad Massey, TBHC Saunders Foundation Curator of Public History, and Greg Dee, ABC Action News Meteorologist.

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.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook and in-person at the History Center. For more information, contact the History Center at 813.228.0097.

1971 – 2021: 50 Years of School Desegregation in Hillsborough County

Learn about the 50-year history of school desegregation in Hillsborough County at the History Center’s Florida Conversation presentation with a Q&A session.

Presented by Fred Hearns, TBHC Curator of Black History, Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil (FKA Otha Favors), Founder of Black Youth for Peace and Power, and Jeff Amos, Saturday Morning Breakfast Group

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.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook and in-person at the History Center. For more information, contact the History Center at 813.228.0097.

Key Marco Cat photo provided by The Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections at the University of South Florida Library.

The Nine Lives of Florida’s Famous Key Marco Cat

Learn about the nine lives of Florida’s famous Key Marco cat at the History Center’s Florida Conversation presentation with a Q&A session.

Presented by Austin Bell, Author and Curator of Collections, Marco Island Historical Society

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.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook and in-person at the History Center. For more information, contact the History Center at 813.228.0097.

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