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May 2017

Blue Star Museum Program, Presented by USAA

May 29 @ 10:00 amSeptember 4 @ 5:00 pm

The Tampa Bay History Center is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day…

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September 2017


Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

September 9 @ 10:00 am11:30 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…

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

September 13 @ 6:30 pm7:30 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…

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History Center Book Group: Poetry in Florida

September 21 @ 10:30 am11:30 am

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

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Annual Duckwall Lecture: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson

September 27 @ 6:30 pm7:30 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…

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October 2017


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

October 4 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

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Every week until October 18, 2017

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…

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Florida Conversations: Shadows of World War I

October 18 @ 8:00 am5:00 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…

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Tampa Bay History Center Book Group: The Leper Spy

October 19 @ 10:30 am11:30 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…

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November 2017

Sangria and Stories: The Art and Science of Cartography

November 5 @ 6:00 pm7:00 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.

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

November 8 @ 6:30 pm7:00 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…

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