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:

November 15 – The Art and Science of Cartography 

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:

October 18 – Shadows of World War I

November 8 – On Patrol in Alligator Country: The mishaps & Adventures of Florida Game Wardens

December 6 – Towers in the Sand: History of Florida Broadcasting

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:

The Making of a Museum Exhibit: Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks, beginning Oct. 4.

Genealogy: Beyond the Basics, beginning Nov. 3

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.

Upcoming Discussions:

September 21 – Florida in Poetry

October 19 – The Leper Spy

November 16 – Sunshine State

January 18 – Tampa Bay’s Waterfront: Its History & Development

February 15 – Elvis Ignited

March 15 – The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

April 19 – Brutal Journey

May 17 – The Talented Ribkins

June 21 – TBD

July 19 – Summer Reading

Join the History Center for a guided tour of some of Tampa’s most historic sites and neighborhoods. Each 90-minute walk is led by a History Center-trained docent and limited to just 25 people to ensure an intimate and informative experience. Pre-registration is required. Choose from one of these upcoming tours.

Upcoming Tours:

Saturday, September 30 – Tampa Bay Black History Tour