Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Leland Hawes Returns for ‘History Highlights’

After selling out last year, Tampa History Highlights returns this October with a new line up of topics and presenters. The Tampa Bay History Center, together with USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, presents a new six-week course covering a wide range of topics.

Course leader and retired Tampa Tribune columnist, Leland Hawes, has assembled an impressive line-up of local historians and guest lecturers including USF's Gary Mormino, retired judge E.J. Salcines, historian Doris Weatherford, artist Hermann Trappman, and the History Center's Saunders Foundation Curator of History, Rodney Kite-Powell. Each will touch on a different topic, including women’s suffrage, Tampa’s role in Cuban Independence and Florida maps from the 16th century.

“Last year’s class was filled to capacity,” said Hawes, who has authored hundreds of articles on Tampa’s history. “It’s a rare opportunity to assemble such a great collection of historians and local experts in one place,” he said.

Other presenters include Tom Touchton, Bob Snyder, Larry Elliston and Todd Spear.

The six-week course will be held each Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. beginning October 6th through November 10th at the Tampa Bay History Center. The fee for the course is $50.00. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register on line or contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 813.974.2403.

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