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.
August 26 – Tom Touchton: Maps of St. Augustine
September 16 – Michael Francis: St. Augustine’s 450th
October 21 – Ross Lamoreaux: Tampa & The Civil War
September 23 – Celebrating Tampa’s Blues
October 7 – La Florida-Five Centuries of Hispanic Presence
November 18 – Personal Stories from Operation Peter Pan
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.
October 7, 14, 21 – The Tampa-Cuba connection: why so strong?
November 4, 11, 18 – Tampa Trailblazers: People who made a difference – Part 1 (1850s-1930)
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.
September 17 – Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
October 15 – The Truth About Them by Jose Yglesias
November 19 – Rain by Cynthia Barnett
March 17 – Independence Lost by Kathleen DuVal
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