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March 2017

Finding Fairyland: Rediscovering Tampa’s Lost Themepark

March 18 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 5:00 pm

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. Humpty Dumpty. Little Red Riding Hood. Once upon a time in Tampa, these storybook characters frolicked near the Hillsborough River at a place called Fairyland. After closing in 1990s – the fabled figurines disappeared, but the memory of times spent at Fairyland lived on in the imaginations of Tampa residents. Those figures have found a…

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April 2017

Florida Conversations – Tampa Bay’s Waterfront – Its History and Development

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hear about the history of Tampa Bay’s waterfront, from its earliest inhabitants to today’s modern landscape. Co-presenters Rodney Kite-Powell and Arthur Savage will discuss the industrial and recreational use of these waterfronts, the development of the St. Petersburg and Tampa downtowns, and the area’s ports – Tampa, Port Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee. Florida Conversations is co-sponsored by the USF…

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History Center Book Group

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times-bestselling series by Florida’s own Randy Wayne White, author of the Doc Ford novels. A fishing guide and part-time investigator, Hannah Smith is a tall, strong Florida woman descended from many generations of the same. But the problem before her now is much older even than that. Join…

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$20

My Doll and Me: Julie

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Travel through time with your favorite dolls! Explore the past with crafts, games and gallery experiences based on American Girl© historic characters as well as Tampa’s exciting history. This month, celebrate Earth Day with Julie! Pre-registration is required for this drop-off program; space is limited. For children ages 6-12. Powered by Eventbrite

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May 2017

Collectors Day

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the History Center and independent collectors from throughout Tampa Bay for our first-ever Collectors Day. Dozens of local collectors will display their eclectic personal treasures, from antique radios to fossils, soda fountain memorabilia to Native American artifacts. Families will also enjoy children’s activities in the museum Atrium. Collectors Day is included with regular admission to the History Center and…

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$30

TBHC/OLLI: Exploring Tampa Bay’s History

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every week until May 24, 2017

Have you ever wondered why St. Petersburg’s green benches were so popular? Or what spurred Tampa’s growth in the 1880s? Or which Pinellas County town still celebrates its Scottish roots? Several knowledgeable instructors offer a lively round up of local lore. $30. Registration via USF/OLLI. Click here to visit their site.

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$17

Sangria and Stories: WWII and the Korean War through the eyes of legendary Floridian and fighter pilot John “Jack” Bolt, Lt. Col. USMC

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jack Bolt grew up in Depression-era Central Florida, flew with the notorious Black Sheep squadron in the South Pacific, and then in North Korea with the USAF’s top fighter ace, Joe McConnell. Hear his son, TBHC Trustee Bob Bolt, tell the story of a patriotic small town Florida boy who went on to become the only Navy/Marine Corps ace in…

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History Center Member Reception: Finding Fairyland

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a special after-hours look at Finding Fairyland for History Center members and guests. Details coming soon. Free for History Center members, $10 for guests.

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Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Before Mary Kay and Martha Stewart, there was Brownie Wise, the charismatic Tupperware executive who converted postwar optimism into a record-breaking sales engine powered by American housewives. Author Bob Kealing offers the definitive portrait of Wise, a plucky businesswoman who divorced her alcoholic husband, started her own successful business, and eventually caught the eye of Tupperware inventor, Earl Tupper, whose…

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$30

TBHC/OLLI Course: Florida’s Fantastic Artifacts and the Science of Archaeology

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every week until June 14, 2017

Archaeologists uncover ancient artifacts made by people long ago, but only through research can we learn how these first Floridians lived and who they were. Led by experts from the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), you’ll learn about archaeological sites in the area, see real artifacts up close and discover what life in Florida was like thousands of years ago.…

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