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October 2017

Florida Conversations: Shadows of World War I

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tampa and St. Petersburg may have seemed far removed from the battlefields of Somme and Verdun, but the tensions generated by the war in Europe and concerns about “The Hun” in Florida profoundly affected the lives of local German Americans and Cuban cigar makers, women suffragists and Baptist ministers. Dr. Gary Mormino and Andy Huse explain out how the war threw shadows over the Sunshine State and the Tampa Bay area. Florida Conversations is free and open to the public.…

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Tampa Bay History Center Book Group: The Leper Spy

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery; Reviewed by the author. The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina woman who was one of the top spies for the Allies during World War II, stashing explosives, tracking Japanese troop movements, and smuggling maps of fortifications across enemy lines for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. As the Battle of Manila raged, young Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor…

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Walk Tampa: Tampa Bay Black History

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
TBHC, 801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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$20.00

Led by noted local historian Fred Hearns, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community, from the 1890s through the late 1960s. This outdoor trek begins at the new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of Tampa’s Black life in Tampa. History Center walking tours take place outdoors. Guests will walk approximately one mile. Pre-registration is required. Tours meet at the Robert Saunders…

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November 2017

Florida Conversations: On Patrol In Alligator Country – The Mishaps & Adventures Of Florida Game Wardens

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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With 30 years of backcountry patrol experience, retired game warden Bob Lee reveals the excitement and danger game wardens face every day on the job. Hear what it’s like to catch an armed poacher in the act, and the comical, sometimes bizarre job of a Florida game warden. Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center endowment fund at USF, with media support by WUSF Public Media. The series is…

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Tampa Bay History Center / OLLI Course: Genealogy – Beyond the Basics

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$30

Valuable information about your ancestors is most likely available on the Internet. But, how can you find it? This course will start where basic genealogy courses end. Learn about some of the best research tools currently available online. Topics covered include family search tips & tricks, ancestry, state archives and libraries, online family trees, and sharing family history online. Registration for this three-session course is via USF/OLLI.

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Sangria and Stories: The Art of Cartography

November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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$17

Cartography is the process of mapping a geographical area. It’s also, especially in the pre-digital age, an art, practiced by highly skilled artisan cartographers. Join Noel Smith, Curator of Latin American & Caribbean Art at USF's Graphicstudio, as she discusses the methods and techniques used to envision and create selected maps in the History Center’s “Gateways to the Caribbean” exhibition, which features maps dating back to the 16th century. Sangria and Stories is limited to 25 guests and includes a…

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History Center Book Group: Sunshine State

November 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
TBHC, 801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar’s Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at…

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December 2017

My Doll and Me: Josefina

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
TBHC, 801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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$20

Drawing on the American Girl© book series, we’ll travel through time with your favorite dolls! Peek into the past with crafts, games, and snacks as well as hands-on gallery experiences. All activities reflect the time period or theme presented each week. This month, experience the similarities between Josefina and Florida Seminole girls while crafting a colorful wrap skirt for your doll! American Girl© dolls are welcome but not required for participation. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Fee includes child’s gallery…

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Florida Conversations: Towers In The Sand – History Of Florida Broadcasting

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Author Donn Colee intertwines the social history of the state while sharing stories of Tampa Bay’s most popular radio and TV personalities, broadcasting’s finest moments, and the precarious path the industry is now on. Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center endowment fund at USF, with media support by WUSF Public Media. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the History Center. All presentations…

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Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605 United States
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$20

Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Center-trained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century. Tour the streets of Tampa's only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. You'll see mutual aid societies, the Ybor Cigar Factory and other key landmarks, and hear…

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