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:

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 11 – Oh, Florida! – How America’s weirdest state influences the rest of the country

November 9 – Taste & Traditions – Tampa’s Restaurants

December 7 – Ybor City and World War II

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:

September 21, 28, and October 5 – Modern Florida 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.

Upcoming Discussions:

October 20 – The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis Magee Novel by John D. MacDonald

November 17 – Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies by Susan Fernandez and Robert Ingalls

January 19 – Cassadaga: The South’s Oldest Spiritualist Community by John J. Guthrie Jr.

February 16 – Book to be Determined

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