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.
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.
April 13, 2016 – Ephemeral Florida: Menus, Postcards, and Sheet Music
May 11, 2016 – Re-Placing Ft. Brooke
June 8, 2016 – Florida Frontier Families
April 27, 2016 – Presidents In Florida
May 18, 2016 – Taste & Tradition: Tampa’s Restaurants
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.
May 11, 18, and 25 – Churches in Tampa’s Early History
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. Come early at 10am and enjoy a cup of coffee with the group.
April 21 – The Prince of los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco
June 16 – No Regrets, Coyote by John Dufresne
July 21 – Summer Book Reading with Colette Bancroft