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.
February 15 – Clara Barton in Tampa
March 15 – Colonial Florida Digital History
April 5 – Tampa Bay’s Waterfront
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.
January – Army Airfields of Tampa Bay
February – Unlocking Your Family 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.
February 16 – Coming to Pass by Susan Cerulean
March 16 – Jonathan Dickinson’s Journal* by Evangeline W. Andrews
April 20 – Seduced (A Hannah Smith Novel) by Randy Wayne White
May 18 – Life of the Party: A Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, the Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing
June 15 – Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida
by Cathy Salustri
July 20 – 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.
Sunday, February 11 – Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story
Saturday, March 11 – Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story