Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Weekend at the Tampa Bay History Center: Baseball Was My Life and Florida Conversations

There are two great events happening this weekend at the History Center.

First, on Saturday, March 20th, join authors Art Keeble and Mary Jo Melone for a book signing in the Museum Store from noon until 4:00 p.m. The pair will sign copies of their new book, Baseball Was My Life: Stories From West Tampa.

From Al Lopez to Lou Piniella to Dave Magadan, Fred McGriff, Tino Martinez, and Luis Gonzalez, baseball put West Tampa on the map. Baseball Was My Life tells this story. The book provides a glimpse of the richness of Tampa's baseball traditions, with a further look at the city's celebrated high school coaches, the Tampa Smokers and Belmont Heights Little League.

Art Keeble is the Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Arts Council. Mary Jo Melone is a former St. Petersburg Times columnist. The pair will be available to chat about their multi-year effort to locate and interview local players and the history of baseball in the Tampa Bay area.

For more information, contact the Museum Store at (813) 675-8973.

Then, on Sunday, March 21st, the 2009-2010 season of Florida Conversations continues with a Chautauqua-style performance of Notes from Cross Creek: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Her Salty Best by Betty Jean Steinshouer at 3:00 pm in TECO Hall.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Pulitzer-winning author who lived in rural Cross Creek, Florida, and wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including The Yearling and Cross Creek.

Betty Jean Steinshouer has portrayed Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on the Chautauqua circuit since 1991. She has presented public humanities programs in 43 states over the past twenty years.

The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Tampa Bay History Center at (813)228-0097.

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