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Pensacola: Florida’s Second City

Now on Exhibit – June 21, 2020

If not for a mid-summer hurricane, Pensacola would be celebrating its 460th birthday this year, and it would be known as the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States. Instead, the colony founded by Tristan de Luna in mid-August 1559 was abandoned within two years. Four years after that, in 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles established the colony of St. Augustine. This was the first of many instances where Pensacola would find itself on the outside looking in, and that theme forms the core of “Pensacola: Florida’s Second City,” a new exhibit in the History Center’s Touchton Map Library opening Saturday, October 5.

Despite its runner-up status, Pensacola was and is still an important (if underappreciated) city. 

“Pensacola is often forgotten, or at least downplayed, when the list of important Florida cities is discussed,” said Rodney Kite-Powell, director of the Touchton Map Library. “We hope this exhibition will teach our visitors about Pensacola’s place in Florida’s history.” 

The new exhibit in the History Center’s Touchton Map Library will feature more than two dozen maps, illustrations, promotional booklets and other historical items tracing Pensacola’s past, from its first attempted founding in 1559 through its time as the capital of West Florida, its role as an important shipping center, through its current place as both tourist destination and home to a key U.S. military base.

 “Pensacola: Florida’s Second City” is on exhibit in the Touchton Map Library’s Saunders Gallery now through Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Now on Exhibit – December 16, 2020

POP QUIZ:

What do Hulk Hogan, Chyna and
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff have in common?

They all lived in Tampa.

Now on Exhibit – December 16, 2020

POP QUIZ:

What do Hulk Hogan, Chyna and
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff have in common?

They all lived in Tampa.

Florida – especially the Tampa Bay area  ̶  has been home to a who’s who of larger-than-life pro wrestling personas – everyone from “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes to “The Doctor of Thuganomics” John Cena.

Step into the squared circle and step back in time with Dusty, Hulk Hogan
and some of Florida’s best-known wrestling superstars during

“Sunshine State Showdown: Pro Wrestling in Tampa Bay,”

opening Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

See the stories behind the legends along with one-of-a-kind artifacts from the archives of the WWE.

On opening day, guests can meet with WWE Superstar

Titus O’Neil from 12 – 2 p.m.*

 

The exhibit will feature Tampa’s Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson’s robe and boots, the NWA Championship title belt, original posters, programs and tickets from bouts throughout the bay area and more.

Guests will learn about the origins of professional wrestling in America,
classic wrestling moves, wrestling jargon and trash talk.

“Florida has long been home to passionate wrestling fans and A-list wrestlers,”
said the History Center’s Curator of Public History, Dr. Brad Massey.
“The Tampa armory hosted professional and amateur wrestling and, later,
the bay area was a headquarters for some of wrestling’s biggest stars.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, John Cena – they all have bay area connections.”

The exhibit highlights the language of professional wrestling, exploring classic phrases and “trash talk,”
like Tampa resident John Cena’s “you can’t see me,” to industry jargon.
Terms like “heel” and “push” have a meaning all their own within the sport.

“Wrestling has a very specific language, and we had fun with the jargon and trash talk
that’s part of the sport’s unique nomenclature,” said Dr. Massey.

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and are used with permission 
or used under license.  All rights reserved.

*Talent subject to change.

Florida – especially the Tampa Bay area  ̶  has been home to a who’s who of larger-than-life pro wrestling personas – everyone from “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes to “The Doctor of Thuganomics” John Cena.

Step into the squared circle and step back in time with Dusty, Hulk Hogan and some of Florida’s best-known wrestling superstars during

“Sunshine State Showdown: Pro Wrestling in Tampa Bay,”

 

opening Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

See the stories behind the legends along with one-of-a-kind artifacts from the archives of the WWE.

On opening day, guests can meet with WWE Superstar

Titus O’Neil from 12 – 2 p.m.

 

The exhibit will feature Tampa’s Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson’s robe and boots, the NWA Championship title belt, original posters, programs and tickets from bouts throughout the bay area and more.

Guests will learn about the origins of professional wrestling in America, classic wrestling moves, wrestling jargon and trash talk.

“Florida has long been home to passionate wrestling fans and A-list wrestlers,” said the History Center’s Curator of Public History, Dr. Brad Massey. “The Tampa armory hosted professional and amateur wrestling and, later, the bay area was a headquarters for some of wrestling’s biggest stars. “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, John Cena – they all have bay area connections.”

The exhibit highlights the language of professional wrestling, exploring classic phrases and “trash talk,” like Tampa resident John Cena’s “you can’t see me,” to industry jargon. Terms like “heel” and “push” have a meaning all their own within the sport.

“Wrestling has a very specific language, and we had fun with the jargon and trash talk that’s part of the sport’s unique nomenclature,” said Dr. Massey.

WWE, the WWE logo, all other WWE intellectual property and all WWE memorabilia are owned exclusively by WWE
and are used with permission 
or used under license.  All rights reserved.

WWE, the WWE logo, all other WWE intellectual property and all WWE memorabilia are owned exclusively by WWE and are used with permission or used under license.  All rights reserved.

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