Adult Program Events

Adult Program Events

  • Tampa Bay History Center / OLLI Course: The Making of a Museum Exhibit: Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks

    Oct 18, 2017 10:00 am

    Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation, construction and promotion of the History Center’s new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks gallery, scheduled to open in December 2017. The History Center’s leadership team will walk you through the basics of exhibit design, artifact acquisition and display, and host a private tour of the new gallery. Presenters include C.J. Roberts, History …

  • Florida Conversations: Shadows of World War I

    Oct 18, 2017 6:30 pm

    Tampa and St. Petersburg may have seemed far removed from the battlefields of Somme and Verdun, but the tensions generated by the war in Europe and concerns about “The Hun” in Florida profoundly affected the lives of local German Americans and Cuban cigar makers, women suffragists and Baptist ministers. Dr. Gary Mormino and Andy Huse explain out how the war threw shadows over the Sunshine State and the Tampa Bay area.

    Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center endowment fund at USF, with media support by WUSF Public Media. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the History Center. All presentations take place at the Tampa Bay History Center. For more information, call the History Center at 813-228-0097.

  • Tampa Bay History Center Book Group: The Leper Spy

    Oct 19, 2017 10:30 am

    The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery; Reviewed by the author.

    The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina woman who was one of the top spies for the Allies during World War II, stashing explosives, tracking Japanese troop movements, and smuggling maps of fortifications across enemy lines for Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

    As the Battle of Manila raged, young Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but the thing that made her an effective spy was a disease that was destroying her.Guerrero suffered from leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her.

    Ben Montgomery is the author of the New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, which won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. An award-winning staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, Montgomery was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

  • Tampa Bay History Center / OLLI Course: Genealogy – Beyond the Basics

    Nov 1, 2017 10:00 am

    Valuable information about your ancestors is most likely available on the Internet. But, how can you find it? This course will start where basic genealogy courses end. Learn about some of the best research tools currently available online. Topics covered include family search tips & tricks, ancestry, state archives and libraries, online family trees, and sharing family history online.

    Registration for this three-session course is via USF/OLLI.

  • Florida Conversations: On Patrol In Alligator Country – The Mishaps & Adventures Of Florida Game Wardens

    Nov 8, 2017 6:30 pm

    With 30 years of backcountry patrol experience, retired game warden Bob Lee reveals the excitement and danger game wardens face every day on the job. Hear what it’s like to catch an armed poacher in the act, and the comical, sometimes bizarre job of a Florida game warden. Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten …

  • Sangria and Stories: The Art of Cartography

    Nov 15, 2017 6:00 pm

    Cartography is the process of mapping a geographical area. It’s also, especially in the pre-digital age, an art, practiced by highly skilled artisan cartographers.

    Join Noel Smith, Curator of Latin American & Caribbean Art at USF’s Graphicstudio, as she discusses the methods and techniques used to envision and create selected maps in the History Center’s “Gateways to the Caribbean” exhibition, which features maps dating back to the 16th century.

    Sangria and Stories is limited to 25 guests and includes a glass of Columbia Cafe sangria, complimentary garage parking and an in-gallery presentation. Pre-registration is required.

  • Florida Conversations: Towers In The Sand – History Of Florida Broadcasting

    Dec 6, 2017 6:30 pm

    Author Donn Colee intertwines the social history of the state while sharing stories of Tampa Bay’s most popular radio and TV personalities, broadcasting’s finest moments, and the precarious path the industry is now on.

    Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center endowment fund at USF, with media support by WUSF Public Media. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the History Center. All presentations take place at the Tampa Bay History Center. For more information, call the History Center at 813-228-0097.