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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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June 2017


History Adventure Camp: Archaeology Mysteries

June 26 @ 9:00 amJune 30 @ 4:00 pm

Dig in to Florida’s past when wooly mammoths roamed free. Get your hands dirty as archaeologists show you how to use prehistoric tools and uncover what life was like for Florida’s very first people! Visit historic Ybor City to find out how immigrants lived 100 years ago. Camps are open to ages 7-11 and may include arts & crafts, Tampa…

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July 2017

4th of July at the History Center

July 4 @ 10:00 am7:00 pm

Celebrate Independence Day at the History Center with $5 admission on the 4th of July for all visitors. Costumed reenactors representing several eras of American military history will be on hand to interact with guests. Nearly two dozen costumed historical interpreters will depict Civil-War, Seminole War, Spanish American War, and WWII-era soldiers, sailors, and citizens. Interpreters will share hands-on displays…

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History Adventure Camp: Pirates & Explorers

July 10 @ 9:00 amJuly 14 @ 4:00 pm

Ahoy, mateys! Climb aboard and use your navigation skills to reveal the truth about Jose Gaspar, the Gasparilla legend and Captain Panfilo Narvaez, the real-life, one eyed explorer of Tampa Bay. Join us for games and crafts as professional archaeologists help you solve mysteries of sunken ships! Discover sea creatures on a visit to the Florida Aquarium. Camps are open…

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Archives Awareness Week – The History of Tampa

July 12 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm

History Center docent Angela O’Connell will share snapshots and stories of the history of Tampa from the 1800s to modern times. O’Connell will cover the city’s history from the founding of Ft. Brooke in 1832 through the arrival of Henry Plant, the establishment of Ybor City, WWII and the Civil Rights Movement. Trace the evolution of Tampa from frontier outpost…

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Archives Awareness Week: Cuba en Tampa: Many Generations

July 14 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Cubans are present in the Tampa story from the earliest pioneer days to the cigar boom of the 1880s. Indeed, Tampa played a pivotal role in Cuba’s first revolution, and a minor, but still important, role in its second. Led by historian Maura Barrios, celebrate Tampa with a look and the historical and cultural connections between the Tampa Bay area…

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Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

July 15 @ 10:00 am11:30 am

Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute 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 Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of…

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Tap Talks: Maduro Brown Ale

July 18 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

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.

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Book Group: Summer Reading with Colette Bancroft

July 20 @ 10:30 am11:30 am

Join us as we close out the 2016-2017 Book Group season with Tampa Bay Times Book Editor Colette Bancroft. During this annual tradition, Bancroft will share some summer reading suggestions. The History Center Book Group is free and open to the public, and highlights Florida history, culture and fiction.

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History Adventure Camps: Museum Makerspace

July 24 @ 9:00 amJuly 28 @ 4:00 pm

Imagine, create and build amazing projects with your friends – Lego building challenges and designing your own pirate sloop Prepare for a week of hands-on fun including STEAM activities. Campers will create an exhibit that parents can visit Friday afternoon. Camps are open to ages 7-11 and may include arts & crafts, Tampa streetcar ride, field trip to a nearby…

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