Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Upcoming Events at the History Center

As we near the end of Black History Month, we have lots of exciting programs coming up:

Thursday, February 18th  - Join Fred Hearns and the History Center Book Group for an informal discussion on The Odyssey of an African Slave, by Sitiki edited by Patricia C. Griffin. 10:30 – 11:30 am. This free event is open to the public.
Saturday, February 20th - Former Negro Leagues baseball players Walter “Dirk” Gibbons, Clifford “Quack” Brown, Raydell “Lefty” Maddix and Billy Reed visit the History Center to talk about their years playing for local pro and semi-pro African American teams. Dr. Raymond Doswell, Vice President of Curatorial Services of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri will lead the players in a question and answer session following his discussion on the History Center’s traveling exhibit, Shades of Greatness. Dr. Doswell will talk about how the exhibit reflects the history of the Negro Leagues from roughly 1920 through 1960. 3:00 pm, TECO Hall. Free.

Sunday, February 21st - Florida Conversations with Patricia C. Griffin, editor of The Odyssey of an African Slave, by Sitiki. 3:00 pm, TECO Hall. Free. 

Saturday, February 27th - Morning at the Museum, a before-hours exploration of the History Center, continues on Saturday, February 27th with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” This special family friendly program will focus on baseball and the Tampa Bay area’s historic connection to America’s favorite pastime. Kids are encouraged to wear a baseball uniform or sport a jersey or hat from their favorite team. The History Center staff will lead a special “kid-friendly” tour with hands-on games and activities. Afterwards, enjoy guava pastries and other breakfast treats provided by the Columbia Cafe. Pre-registration is required. Contact Jen Tyson for more information.

We hope to see you at one of these great programs!

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