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 14 - 20, 2019. 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.

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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 Sunday, July 14th, at 2:00p.m., Sacred Heart Church will feature a program on former City of Tampa Mayor John Jackson, and his wife Ellen, who were founding members of the church.
  • On Monday, July 15th, the City of Tampa will highlight local historians Fred Hearns, Andy Huse, and E.J. Salcines, who share what Tampa was like 50 and 100 years ago. Guests will receive a new publication, Tampa in 1919.
  • On Tuesday, July 16th, at 3:30p.m., the Henry B. Plant Museum will screen a new documentary film, Letters from Tampa: Two Spanish-American War Stories. Following the film, join Dr. Charles McGraw Groh on a guided tour of a temporary exhibit, Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel.
  • On Wednesday, July 17th at 1:00p.m., Tampa Bay History Center curator Brad Massey will tell guests about Tampa in 1919, and share various items from the collection.
  • On Wednesday, July 17th at 2:00p.m., the Robert W. Saunders. Sr. Library will hold an archiving tutorial on how to preserve historical documents and photographs.
  • On Thursday, July 18th at 2:00p.m., librarians at the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections will feature a show and tell session highlighting unique and valuable materials.
  • On Thursday, July 18th at 6:30p.m., the Tampa Museum of Art will feature a talk, the Influence of Abstract Expressionism.
  • On Friday, July 19th at 10:00a.m., the Tampa Bay History Center will lead a 90 minute guided tour of downtown Tampa. $20 per person, registration required:
  • On Friday, July 19th at 1:00p.m., librarians at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library’s African American History and Genealogy Library will lead a demonstration on how to use microfilm to conduct genealogical research.
  • On Saturday, July 20th from 11:00am-2:00pm, Tampa Historical Society will host an open house sharing historical artifacts.