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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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May 2017

Collectors Day

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

Ted Johnson remembers finding old, discarded radios in his family’s attic when he was five years old. The 56-year-old Dade City resident has been collecting antique radios ever since. Meanwhile, when Mike Turbeville was a kid in the 1950s, he ventured out to Tampa’s Ballast Point during low tide to hunt for coral. Later in life, cigar labels and other…

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$30

TBHC/OLLI: Exploring Tampa Bay’s History

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. Our member events offer an in-depth look at our exhibits and the opportunity to chat with History Center staff and mingle with friends. Enjoy an after-hours view of “Finding Fairyland: Tampa’s Lost Theme Park” and hear from 4th generation Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart,…

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$20

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

May 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Tour Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor City.

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Mother’s Day at the History Center

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The History Center will celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission for moms with one paid Adult admission on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. To commemorate the day, the History Center will offer arts and crafts for kids in the Lykes Atrium and a 10% discount on select items in the museum store. Moms can also see…

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$10

Tap Talks: Florida Cracker Belgian-Style Wheat Ale

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cigar City Brewing,
3924 W. Spruce St, tampa, 33607 United States
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Each Tap Talk features History Center Curator Rodney Kite-Powell and a member of the CCB team for a look at the history behind the brew.

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$30

TBHC/OLLI: Exploring Tampa Bay’s History

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every week until May 24, 2017

Hear some of the fascinating stories of Tampa Bay commemorating the centennial of World War I and disclosing the neglected role of African Americans in the area. History Center docent Jim Weiss will survey the city of Tampa’s history and examine the African American experience. Renowned Florida historian, Gary Mormino, will address how World War I shook the foundations of…

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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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