Veterans Day at the History Center 


November, 2018




12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST


Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

At the Tampa Bay History Center, Veterans Day is a time to remember the unique stories of men and women in uniform.

Like Ransom Clark, for example. Clark was one of only three soldiers to survive the 1835 Dade Battle near Ocala that killed 105 U.S. soldiers. After the Second Seminole War, Clark traveled the country telling his harrowing tale.

Or what about Capt. Nelly Friedman? A captain in the Women’s Air Corps (WAC) and stationed in Tampa, Friedman was an airplane spotter, keeping a watchful eye out for enemy aircraft along the Florida coast.

Did you know that 24 sailors from Tampa were aboard the USS Tampa when it sunk in Bristol Channel on September 26, 1918?

How about the story of Baldomero Lopez? The Hillsborough High graduate lost his life during the Battle of Inchon, Korea in 1950, but not before absorbing the impact of a grenade, saving the lives of his fellow Marines. The Tampa native was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the History Center will tell the stories of these and other service members whose lives and heroics are on display year-round in the museum’s galleries.

From noon until 3 p.m., visitors can talk with History Center experts about the bay area’s military history and the stories of service members dating back to the 1830s.

Historian and reenactor Ross Lamoreaux will give a brief talk entitled “Tampa, A Military Town” at 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., and award-winning barber shop quartet Easy Street will perform patriotic tunes at 12 p.m.

All activities are included with regular museum admission.