Archives Awareness Week: July 10 - 16, 2016

About Archives Awareness Week:

Recognizing the need to document and preserve the development and unique heritage of Tampa and its government, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987. Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records. Archives and Records is a division of the City Clerk's Office. Click on the link below to read our brochure  for more detailed information.

Archives Awareness Week Brochure July 10 - 16, 2016

Exhibits for 2016

Admission fees may be charged to view museum exhibits.


Cigar City Crime from the Era of Blood to The Infiltrator

John F. Germany Public Library  900 North Ashley Drive,  2-West Building


Civil Rights Movement Memorabilia from the

Dr. John Hartman Collection

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park Artifacts

Courtesy of the City of Tampa

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library • 1505 Nebraska Street


Dogs in Art

Henry B. Plant Museum • 401 West Kennedy Blvd


Inside Old City Hall: Photography by David Fredericks

Old City Hall Mascotte Room • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard


The Jewish Roots of Ybor City

Ybor City Beneath the Surface

Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue


Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming

Norma Kamali – CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture

From Dada and Op to Color Field and Pop: 50 Years of Prints

The Classical World

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia Corbett Center • 120 West Gasparilla Plaza


Re-placing Fort Brooke

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street


Programs for 2016

All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


Archives Awareness Begins: Tampa’s History with the Honorable E.J. Salcines, Dr. Gary Mormino and Fred Hearns, M.A. Africana Studies

Monday, July 11, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.

Old City Hall • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard, Council Chambers

Join the Honorable E.J. Salcines, historian and local author Dr. Gary Mormino and Tampa historian Fred Hearns for enlightening talks about Tampa’s history as we kick off Archives Awareness Week at Old City Hall. Learn about the history of Latino Americans in Ybor City with Dr. Gary Mormino, the history of South Tampa with the Honorable E.J. Salcines, and Tampa during the Reconstruction Period (1864-1878) with Fred Hearns.  A reception will follow the program. 


Census Records

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library • 1505 Nebraska Street, Computer Lab

Uncover strategies for using federal, state and special census records to research genealogy.


Afternoon Tea and Ride in Tampa’s First Elevator

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 • 3:00 p.m.

Henry B. Plant Museum • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard

Free Admission with reservation, call or email to save your spot: (813) 254-1891 ext. 7303 or scarter@ut.edu Drop by for a cool afternoon tea on the veranda and learn about Tampa’s oldest elevator that was installed in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Curators Heather Brown & Susan Carter will be available for mini tours and rides in the historic Otis elevator. Visitors will also see the new exhibit, Dogs in Art featuring Tampa’s first piece of public art, the sculpture of Hunting Dogs titled “Au Coup de Fusil.” This sculpture was installed on the hotel grounds by Henry Plant. Free parking across from the Museum alongside Plant Park or in the Thomas Parking garage on North Boulevard & North A Street.


Day at the Museum

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 • 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue

Tampa’s past at the Ybor City Museum. Admission is free. Your visit includes a tour of the casita, running every 30 minutes between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.


Political Organizing through History

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 • 3:00p.m.

Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue 

Enjoy a screening of the film Prejudice and Pride from the PBS series, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Q&A will follow the film, along with free food and drinks on the patio. Discussion of Ybor City’s history will continue during the reception where you can speak to museum staff and local historians.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.


There and Back Again: From Florida to the Faraway and Fantastic

Thursday, July 14, 2016 • 1:00 p.m.

USF Special Collections • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, 4th Floor

Visit USF Special Collections for a special “show and tell” session with librarians Matt Knight, Andy Huse, and Melanie Griffin that will feature unique and valuable materials. Free and open to the public.


Radicals and Revolutionaries: Politics in Early Ybor City Presented by the Tampa Bay History Center at New World Brewery

Thursday, July 14, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.

New World Brewery • 1313 8th Avenue

Join Dr. Sarah McNamara and Manny Leto for an interactive discussion of Ybor City’s history, labor and political activism. This program is free of charge and will include live music by Acho Brother, Latin Folk and dance music.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.


Happy Birthday, Tampa!

Friday, July 15 • 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street

Join the Tampa Bay History Center to celebrate Tampa’s 129th Birthday! Museum admission is free between noon and 5 pm.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.


Remembering Tampa’s Latino Past: Memory and History Across Generations

Friday, July 15 • 3:00p.m.

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street

Celebrate Tampa’s diverse past with a panel of scholars who have dedicated their work to Tampa and its memory. Speakers include: the Honorable E.J. Salcines, Dr. Gary Mormino, Dr. Susan Greenbaum, Andrew Huse, and Rodney Kite-Powell. Dr. Sarah McNamara will moderate. Continue the discussion of Latino history after the event with our speakers and a complimentary happy hour and birthday cake.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.


Become a Florida Pioneer

Saturday, July 16, 2016 • 10:30 a.m.

John F. Germany Public Library  900 North Ashley Drive, 2-West Building

Florida State Genealogical Society’s Florida Pioneer Descendant Program was established to honor Florida’s earliest settlers, recognize their descendants, and preserve the records of Florida’s pioneering families. Gain best practices tips for applying to this or any other pioneer certificate or lineage society program.


Historic Ybor City Walking Tour Presented by the Tampa Bay History Center at New World Brewery

Saturday, July 16, 2016 • 6:00 p.m.

Tour to begin at New World Brewery • 1313 8th Avenue

Learn about the rich history of Ybor City with guides Manny Leto and Dr. Sarah McNamara. The tour will begin at New World Brewery and end at Tre Amici.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant initiative.