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October 2017


Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

October 14 @ 10:00 am11:30 am

Tour the streets of Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. You’ll see mutual aid societies, the Ybor Cigar Factory and other key landmarks, and hear the stories behind one Florida’s oldest and most unique communities.

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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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September 2017


Walk Tampa: Tampa Bay Black History Tour

September 30 @ 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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9th Annual Duckwall Lecture: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson, Presented by the Colonial Dames of America, Tampa Town Committee

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 Tampa Bay History Center wishes…

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Museum Day Live!

September 23 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

The History Center will offer free admission for all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. As part of Museum Day Live!, costumed re-enactors portraying the Army, Marine Corps, and Florida National Guard will be on hand to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Costumed historical interpreters will share hands-on displays…

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History Center Book Group: Florida in Poetry

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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My Doll and Me- Kit Kittredge

September 16 @ 10:00 am12:00 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 we will focus on Kit and life in the 1930s! American Girl© dolls are welcome but not required for participation. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Ages 6-12. TBHC member $18,…

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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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August 2017


Sangria and Stories: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection

August 16 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join Rodney Kite-Powell, History Center Curator and Director of the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education, for a look at the new exhibit “Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection.” Kite-Powell will lead attendees through the exhibit during his in-gallery presentation, highlighting the more than 50 maps in “Gateways,” dating back nearly 500 years. Sangria and Stories includes…

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Tap Talks: Invasion Pale Ale

August 15 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm

Was Jose Gaspar real, or just Tampa’s biggest urban legend? Uncover the truth behind Tampa’s pirate preoccupation and learn about Florida’s real-life pirates and explorers. Tap Talks feature History Center Curator, Rodney Kite-Powell, and Cigar City Brewing’s El Lector, Neil Callaghan, for a look at the history behind the brew. $10 includes the presentation and a pint of Invasion American…

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