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:

December 9 – Maas Brothers, Of Course

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:

December 16 – Learning to Listen: Oral, Latino and Tampa History

January 2016 – Civil Rights in Tampa Bay

February 2016 – U.S.S. Tampa

March 2016 – Florida’s Beer History

April 2016 – Presidents In Florida

May 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.

Upcoming Courses:

Please check back soon.

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:

January 21 – You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know I by Heather Sellers

February 18 –  Florida Slave Narratives: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project 1936-1938

March 17 – Independence Lost by Kathleen DuVal

April 21 – The Prince of los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco

May 19 – They Dared to Dream by Doris Weatherford

June 16 – No Regrets, Coyote by John Dufresne

July 21 – Summer Book Reading with Colette Bancroft