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October 2017


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

October 18 @ 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 @ 6:30 pm7:30 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…

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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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A Night at the Museum

October 22 @ 2:00 pm6:00 pm

Families are invited to haunt the History Center while they trick or treat their way through our hands-on exhibits and snag candy from historical figures come to life during A Night at the Museum, Sunday, Oct. 22 at the History Center. Storm Troopers and other Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion join pirates, pioneers and other ghosts from Florida’s…

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Walk Tampa: Tampa Bay Black History

October 28 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

Led by noted local historian Fred Hearns, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community, from the 1890s through the late 1960s. This outdoor trek begins at the new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of Tampa’s Black life in Tampa. History Center…

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November 2017


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

November 1 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

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Every week until November 15, 2017

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…

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

November 8 @ 6:30 pm7:30 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…

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Sangria and Stories: The Art of Cartography

November 15 @ 6:00 pm7:00 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,…

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December 2017

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

December 6 @ 6:30 pm7:30 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…

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