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Florida Conversations: Why Tampa Bay’s History is America’s First History

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Many Floridians are unaware of their state’s deep Spanish roots. Author Dr. Kevin Kokomoor will discuss important Spanish legacies unique to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in TECO Hall at the History Center. Learn how Spanish seafarers interacted with the region and how shipwrecks impacted the west coast of Florida and its development. 

Kokomoor, a fourth-generation Floridian and Early Americanist, has taught at Coastal Carolina University since 2012. His research and publications focus on the Southeast and Native Southeast, the Early Republican and Federalist Eras, and frontiers and borderlands, including his recent book with the University of Nebraska Press.

Florida Conversations, the History Center’s long-running free lecture series, features diverse perspectives on Florida’s history. Attend in person or join via Zoom by registering in advance. Recorded lectures are available on the History Center’s YouTube channel. 

Sponsors of Florida Conversations

AARP Tampa Bay, WUSF Public Media, and USF Libraries sponsor the series, emphasizing their commitment to advancing knowledge of Florida’s unique history.


January 10
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tampa Bay History Center
801 Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Museum hours

The history center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

**Galleries are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and open until 3 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Admission prices

Adult: $16.95
College Student: $14.95
Senior (60+): $14.95
Youth (7-17): $12.95
Child (0-6): Free
Members: Free

**First responders and veterans may receive discounted admission at Visitor Services.

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