Adult Program Events

Adult Program Events

  • Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

    Sep 9, 2017 10:00 am

    Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Center-trained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century. You’ll tour the streets of Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life …

  • Florida Conversations: Reinventing the Gulf Coast “Hell Hole” — The Struggle to Develop Tampa’s Tourist Economy After WWII

    Sep 13, 2017 6:30 pm

    After WWII, Tampa boosters worked to attract tourists to their city, which was best known for its cigar factories, phosphate operations and political corruption. Dr. Brad Massey leads this presentation about the fight to transform Ybor City into a tourist mecca, the development of Busch Gardens, and other tourism initiatives of the 1950s and 1960s. Florida Conversations is free and …

  • History Center Book Group: Poetry in Florida

    Sep 21, 2017 10:30 am

    Florida in Poetry by Jane Anderson Jones & Maurice O’Sullivan; Reviewed by Shelley Blood.

  • Annual Duckwall Lecture: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson

    Sep 27, 2017 6:30 pm

    Direct from Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s premier Thomas Jefferson interpreter, Bill Barker, heads to the History Center for this year’s Duckwall Lecture. Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for audiences across the U.S. since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. Don’t miss this intimate evening with one of our Founding Fathers. The Duckwall Lecture is supported by …

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

    Oct 4, 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 8:00 am

    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.

  • Sangria and Stories: The Art and Science of Cartography

    Nov 5, 2017 6:00 pm

    Join Noel Smith, Curator of Latin American & Caribbean Art at the University of South Florida’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.

  • 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 and Science 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.