City of Tampa to Celebrate Archives Awareness Week

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The City of Tampa will celebrate Archives Awareness Week with exhibits and programs taking place at local archives throughout the week of July 9, 2017 – 15, 2017. 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 July 15th birthday. This year the City of Tampa is celebrating its 130th birthday.

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, Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library, and Old City Hall.
  • On Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Tampa Historical Society will have an open house, A Day with the Knights, with refreshments at the historic Peter O. Knight House.
  • On Monday, July 10, 2017, from 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., the City of Tampa will celebrate Tampa’s 130th birthday with talks about Tampa’s history featuring the Honorable E.J. Salcines and Fred Hearns. The program will include refreshments, the release of two new historic photo collections, and the release of a new publication, The City Clerks of Tampa.
  • On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 10:30a.m., the Henry B. Plant Museum will have a program, Looking for Mr. Skinner, featuring Dr. Charles McGraw Groh, who will discuss the research behind the exhibit, Mr. Skinner at Your Service: The Labor of Fine Dining at the Tampa Bay Hotel.
  • On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12:30p.m., the Tampa Bay History Center will have a program, The History of Tampa, tracing Tampa’s history from its beginnings as a frontier outpost to the vibrant city that it is today. Coffee and cookies will be served.
  • On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:30a.m., the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library will have a program on African American genealogy followed by a tour of the library.
  • On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2:00p.m., librarians at the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections will show off a newly-acquired collection of vintage glass slides. Join them for a lantern slide show and a display of other visual materials.
  • On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00a.m., the Tampa Bay History Center will have a program, Cuba en Tampa: The Many Generations, featuring Maura Barrios. This photo essay will show the historic and cultural connection of Tampa Bay with Cuba.
  • On Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library will offer a program on photo identification in genealogy followed by an 11:30a.m. lecture by Rodney Kite-Powell, Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, on Tampa’s cigar industry. Cake will be served to celebrate Tampa’s 130th birthday.

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director

(813) 274-8262