Archives Awareness Week: July 15 - 21, 2018

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 15- 21, 2018


Archives Awareness Week
July 15-21, 2018 
2018 Exhibits

 Admission fees may be charged to view museum exhibits. 


 American Flags: The Stars & Stripes in American History & Culture, Presented by Bank of America 

Navigating in the Age Before GPS: Nautical Charts of Florida and the Caribbean
Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street 


Belmont Heights Little League Alumni
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library • 1505 Nebraska Street  


The Classical World
From Muse and Myth to Figure and Gesture Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto
Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia Corbett Center • 120 West Gasparilla Plaza


One Hundred Years Ago: Tampa in 1918
City of Tampa, Old City Hall Mascotte Room • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard 


Imperial Designs: From the Habsburg's Herend to the Romanov's Fabergé
Henry B. Plant Museum • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard 


Tampa Bay Area Schools and Educational Institutions Burgert Brothers Photographic Display
John F. Germany Public Library, 4th Floor • 900 North Ashley Drive


Traces of Cuba
Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue 


 2018 Programs

All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.



 Bonus Programs


Get a head start on Archives Awareness Week with these programs at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library located at 1505 Nebraska Street.


Documentary Film: The Heights 50

Friday, July 06, 2018 • 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM

 The Documentary will reveal how the Belmont Heights Little League Baseball came into existence after the riots of the late 60’s. In addition, there will be a question and answer session with former Belmont

Heights players, coaches, parents, and administrators.  A memorabilia display will be featured and hosted at the library.


Belmont Heights Little League 50 Year Celebration

Saturday, July 07, 2018 • 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM 

 The Belmont Heights Little League marks its 50th anniversary this year by celebrating its storied past. A celebration of the trials and triumphs of this historic league and those who shared in the memories and benefits of it. Presented in partnership with the Belmont Heights Little League, Inc.


Digitize Your Family Photos

Tuesday,  July 10, 2018 • 2:30 PM-5:00 PM

 Bring your classic family studio portraits and learn how to digitize and preserve your precious memories. Photographs should be no larger than 9” x 11” for scanning. Please bring a USB drive to save your work.


Online Genealogy Resources

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 • 2:30 PM

 Learn to use the library’s online genealogy databases.



Historic Sacred Heart Church: A Witness and Participant in Tampa's History
Sunday, July 15, 2018 • 2:00 PM
Scared Heart Church • 509 North Florida Avenue
Join the docents of Sacred Heart Church attired in 1905 period dress as they share the remarkable history of the church which has stood at the same downtown location since 1859. Learn about the founding families, and the citrus farming family that mortgaged one fourth of their acreage to donate funds for a stained glass window in the "new" church which was completed in 1905.


Film Archives: A Look at Tampa's Past
Monday, July 16, 2018 • 3:00 PM
City of Tampa, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, River Center • 402 West Laurel Street-Click here to view a map with parking 

Join local historians Fred Hearns and E.J. Salcines to learn more about Tampa’s history through its images. Fred Hearns will discuss the historical significance of The Birth of a Race, which was filmed in Tampa in 1918. Retired Judge E.J. Salcines will share the historic Tampa Photo Supply collection.  A reception with refreshments will follow the program.



Red Cross Nursing and the War of 1898: The Tampa Connection
Tuesday, July 17, 2018  • 3:30 PM
Henry B. Plant Museum, Plant Hall  • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard

Join us for an exhibition curated by Charles McGraw Groh, UT Associate Professor of History. This panel exhibit traces the path that led dozens of young women from New York to Tampa and Cuba in 1898. Complimentary admission and light refreshments. Free parking available in front of the Museum alongside Plant Park and in the Thomas Parking garage on the corner of North Boulevard and North A Streets. Call or email to reserve your spot. (813) 254-1891, ext. 7303 or


Insider's Tour of the Touchton Map Library with Rodney Kite-Powell
Wednesday, July 18, 2018  • 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street
Join Rodney Kite-Powell, Director of the Touchton Map Library, as he leads a tour of the newly opened and only cartographic center in the Southeastern United States. Housed in this collection are thousands of maps, charts, atlases and other cartographic materials, from early European exploration to the 21st century. Hear about the collection's ongoing catalog and digitization plans as well as new exhibits, lectures, and programs. 
Museum Admission is Required for Entry. 


Animals in the Archive
Thursday, July 19, 2018 • 2:00 PM
USF Libraries Special Collections  • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, 4th Floor
Visit USF Special Collections for a special "show and tell" session with librarians Melanie Griffin and Andy Huse that will feature unique and valuable materials. Free and open to the public.


Symbolism in American Mourning Traditions in the Nineteenth Century
Thursday, July 19, 2018 • 4:30 PM
Tampa Historical Society
Peter O. Knight House  • 245 South Hyde Park Avenue
Join presenter Catherine Thompson to learn about the mourning customs in jewelry and dress, and Funerary Symbolism in Oaklawn Cemetery.


Guided Tour of Flags Exhibit with Morris Pullara and Jim Weiss
Friday, July 20, 2018 • 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street

Join TBHC docents as they share stories of our much adored symbol, the American flag. The exhibit features more than 20 original flags, including an 1876 Grand Union Flag, a "Know Nothing" flag from 1849, a 14-star flag from 1791, a 27-star flag marking Florida's admission into the Union, as well as original photography and artwork, including Andy Warhol's iconic print "Moonwalk." 

Museum Admission is Required for Entry. 


The History of Seminole Heights
Saturday, July 21, 2018 • 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
John F. Germany Public Library, Auditorium • 900 North Ashley Drive
Seminole Heights is one of Tampa's most iconic neighborhoods. This area is well-known for an eclectic mix of early 20th century craftsman bungalows, historic buildings, and modern businesses. Learn more about this fascinating area from the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. 
There will be light refreshments in the auditorium during the break between the two programs. These programs are funded by the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library. 
Land Records for Genealogy
Saturday, July 21, 2018 • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
John F. Germany Public Library, Auditorium • 900 North Ashley Drive

Residences and places of business are an important part of family history. Discover how library documents like city directories, Sanborn maps, and photos can assist you in tracking land records, and learn how to find those records once you get to the county courthouse. 


Local Author and History Writers Forum
Saturday, July 21, 2018• 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street

Meet local Tampa history book authors discussing and signing their books. Authors attending the event include Del Acosta, John Cinchett, Rex Gordon, Linda Hope, Rodney Kite-Powell, Helen Richards, Arthur Savage, and Michael Wigh. Admission is free at the History Center's Museum Store.