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The Shape We’re In: Early Maps of Florida

Now on Exhibit – July 4, 2021

​Every school kid knows that Ponce de Leon was the first European explorer to “discover” Florida. But, was he?

A new exhibition of rare, early maps in the History Center, Touchton Map Library suggests otherwise.

“The Shape We’re In: Early Maps of Florida” opens Saturday, Sept. 19, and includes one of the rarest Florida maps in the world.

Printed in 1511, the Peter Martyr map as it’s commonly known, is the first to show the Florida peninsula, two years before Ponce de Leon landed on Florida’s east coast.

The 1511 map will be on display for the first time, the centerpiece of an exhibit that includes some of the oldest printed maps of Florida, several of which date back to the early 1500s.

Incredibly rare, there are only 20 Martyr maps known to exist worldwide, with just a few in the U.S., and Tampa is now home to one of them.

“The Shape We’re In” is on exhibit in the Touchton Map Library’s Saunders Gallery.

Now on Exhibit – January 10, 2021

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,”

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

The exhibit features 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.

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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”

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

The exhibit features 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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