Adult Programs

Adult Programs

The Tampa Bay History Center offers a variety of courses, lectures, conversation series, and book reviews on a regular basis. These programs will help you to know and appreciate more about where you live today as well as the rich heritage of our past.

Sangria & Stories is a casual, fun way to hear the hidden stories of the History Center’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits. Special guest speakers discuss a single object, a temporary exhibit or selected pieces from the permanent galleries.

Program includes free under-building garage parking, gallery presentation and a glass of sangria. Space is limited to 25; reservations are required. Make an evening of it and have dinner at the Columbia Cafe before or after the program.

Upcoming Programs:

September 10 – Prohibition in Tampa & America

October 1 - Prohibition’s Cultural Upheaval

November 19 – Cartoons & Collecting

Join the conversation! Florida Conversations is an informal monthly lecture program led by top scholars, writers, and artists. These presentations explore everything from history, art, and architecture to politics, archaeology, and literature. Florida Conversations is co-produced by TBHC and USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and sponsored by WUSF Public Media. This program is free and open to the public.

Coming Up:

September 17 – Music, Food & Fashion of the Prohibition Era

October 15 – Florida & America in the 1920′s

November 12 – Florida Fusion – A Modern Look at Florida’s First Foods

January 14 – 300 Years of Piracy in the Western Hemisphere

February 11 – FED UP: The High Cost of Cheap Food

March 18 – Power and Paradise in Walt Disney’s World

April 22 - Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

The History Center, in cooperation with USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), offers 3 and 4 session courses for OLLI and TBHC members throughout the year. The courses are lead by university professors, scholars with expertise in certain areas and local residents with special knowledge of the area. Topics range from the Civil War, Tampa politics, Tampa neighborhoods and architecture to characters of Ybor City. Courses are held at the History Center. Registration and fees are handled by OLLI/USF. More information can be found here.

Upcoming Courses:

October 1, 8, & 15 – Prohibition: Its National & Local History

October 22, 29, & November 5 – Prohibition: The Lighter Side

Learn more about where you live by reading about it. Experience books about Florida by Florida authors. This is an informal book review and discussion group that meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. No homework and you need not have read the book. Selected books cover history and the environment to mysteries and light summer reading. Florida authors frequently come to discuss their book. This program is free and open to the public. Reservation not necessary.

Upcoming Discussions:

September 18 – Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by Frederick Lewis Allen

October 16 – Deceived (A Hannah Smith Novel) by Randy Wayne White 

November 20 – Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator by Daniel L. Schafer