City of Tampa to Celebrate Archives Awareness Week

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Week marks Tampa’s 128th Birthday and Centennial of Tampa’s Old City Hall

Tampa, Fla. (July 9, 2015) - The City of Tampa will celebrate Archives Awareness Week with exhibits and programs taking place at local archives throughout the week of July 12, 2015 – 18, 2015. These programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archivists and history enthusiasts 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 Awareness Week is held during the second week of July to coincide with the City of Tampa’s birthday on Tuesday, July 15, 2015. This year, the city will also celebrate the centennial of Old City Hall.

For more information on the City of Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week or about various exhibits or programs, please visit

Key Exhibits and Programs

  • Exhibits will be held all week long at the Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Museum of Art, John F. Germany Public Library, Henry B. Plant Museum, Ybor City Museum State Park, and Old City Hall.
  • On Monday, July 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., the Hillsborough County-City County Planning Commission will host an informative lecture, More than Cigars: the History of Planning and Growth in Tampa, presented by Project Manager Terry Eagan.
  • On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., the Henry B. Plant Museum will host an afternoon tea and architectural tour with Architectural Historian Jose Gelats. Mini tours of the museum focusing on the new exhibit, Passionate Design: The American Arts and Crafts Movement, will also be given by Curators Heather Brown and Susan Carter.
  • On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., the City of Tampa will celebrate its 128th birthday and City Hall’s Centennial with the release of a new book, The City Council of Tampa and Celebration of Old City Hall’s Centennial. Join Mayor Buckhorn and current and former council members for this special event.
  • On Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 1p.m., librarians at the University of South Florida’s Special Collections will highlight some of their unique items including a new collection of materials related to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland.
  • On Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center, the Friends of the Riverwalk will present the unveiling of three monuments slated for Tampa’s Historical Monument Trail celebrating transformational events that shaped modern Tampa.
  • On Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library will offer a 50 minute program on the preservation of books and photographs.
  • On Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., to close Archives Awareness Week, Maureen Patrick of Historic Guides, will offer a Founders’ Rest tour featuring Tampa’s elected officials at historic Oaklawn Cemetery.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262