Florida Archeaology Month Events

March is Florida Archaeology Month and there are plenty of events to celebrate and learn not too far away in Citrus County.

March 9th Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park on Friday, March 9th, 2012 from 4:00 and 6:00 PM for atlatl demonstrations (an early prehistoric weapon). Afterwards, the Friends of Crystal River State Parks will host a Moon over Mounds Event (torchlight tour of the Crystal River mound complex) from 8:00 and 10:00 PM. The park is located at 3400 North Museum Point, Crystal River just north of the Crystal River Mall. This event is free and open to the public.

March 10th Tatham Mound: Hernando de Soto in Citrus County and Tatham Mound Revisited: The Rest of the Story, presentations by Dr. Jeff Mitchem, excavator of Tatham Mound. Join us Saturday at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness  to see and hear the highlights of the 1980s archaeological excavations at the prehistoric Tatham Mound near Lake Tsala Apopka. At 10:30 Dr. Mitchem will discuss the archaeological evidence of the encounter(s) between native Floridians and Hernando de Soto expedition. At 1:00 PM Dr. Mitchem will discuss older components of the mound and their reburial. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 352.341.6427 or visit http://www.cccourthouse.org/index.php.

March 9-11th Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment The 2012 Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment will be held on the property of the Holcim Mine, located 7 miles north of Crystal River (just south of the Barge Canal bridge). Reenactments for the general public will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th. Gates open at 9:00 AM and activities are continuous throughout the day, culminating in a clash of forces each afternoon at 2 PM. For more information on this event please visit http://crystalriverreenactment.org/wordpress/

March 17th and 18th Fort Cooper Days. Fort Cooper State Park will host a Second Seminole War re-enactment and living history exhibit from 9 AM to 4 PM. Re-enactments will be held twice daily at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There will be period arts & crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, great food and refreshments. Visitors should arrive an hour prior to the reenactment times to ensure full viewing. For more information call 352.726.0315.

March 17th Ancient Shell Cities of the North Gulf Coast of Florida, a presentation by Dr. Ken Sassaman, Univ. of Florida Anthropology Department. Please join The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Central Region, and the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday March 17, at 2:00 PM at the Cedar Key Library to hear Dr. Sassaman present the results of his most recent investigations of the archaeology of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call 352.493.0238. This event is free and open to the public.

March 20th Words from the Earth: Uncovering Our First Colony through Archaeology, a presentation by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D., Florida Museum Distinguished Research Curator, Historical Archaeology. Join the Florida Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30-8:00 PM at Leonardo’s 706, Gainesville, Florida. Space is limited; please contact Stephanie Kelley skelly@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352.273.2085 to reserve your space.

March 29th Historic Archaeology at Second Seminole War Sites: What’s New, What’s Important, Why Bother?, a presentation by archaeologist, Gary Ellis, Director of the Gulf Archaeological Research Institute. This presentation will discuss the archaeology of Second Seminole War Period sites. Please join us Thursday March 29th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for the Silver River Museum Open House followed by the presentation at 6:00 PM. Space for this event is limited. Please call 352.236.5401 to reserve seats for the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

March 30th The Invisible Sex: Some Thoughts on the Role of Women in Prehistory, a presentation by Dr. James Adovasio, Director, Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute. Please join the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) on March 30th at the University of Central Florida, Psychology Building, Room 108, Orlando, Florida. For more information about this event visit http://www.archaeological.org/lectures/abstracts/5770. This event is open to the public.

March 31st Sweet Cane—Florida Sugar Prior to the Civil War, a presentation by Dr. Lucy Wayne, archaeologist and architectural historian at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. Dr. Wayne will give her presentation at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. and will discuss a presentation which will include a brief history of sugar, and an explanation of how it was raised and processed in Florida prior to the Civil War. The presentations will be followed by Sweet and Sour, a guided tour and presentation at the Yulee Sugar Mill State Park between 11:00 and 3:00 PM. For more information about this presentation or other Homosassa Heritage Day events, please contact the Homosassa State Wildlife Park at 352.628.5343. These events are free and open to the public.
If you are interested in a schedule of Florida archaeology month events in other regions then go to http://www.flarchmonth.com/

Ybor City Museum Presents Buildings Alive!

Tampa architectural tour

Hop on the Jolly Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the Buildings Alive! Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 1, 5-9 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s most beautifully restored historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by participating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Free parking is available for the first 120 cars at Stantec, 2205 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33605. Starting point for Buildings Alive! is at either Stantec or the Ybor City Museum State Park. Purchase advance admissions for $20 at www.cltampa.com/BuildingsAlive. Admission at the door is $25. Visit www.ybormuseum.org or call 813.247.1434 for more information.

“A total of 84 buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Additionally, 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” she continues. Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles.

“Buildings Alive! provides a chance to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, mutual aid societies, social clubs, breweries, medical clinics, cigar workers’ homes, and a neighborhood cafe” comments Chantal Hevia, YCMS President. Tours and clues to the scavenger hunt will reveal “insider information” about each building and how they are being preserved, restored and repurposed.

Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with Centro Asturiano, Cuban Club, Italian Club, Ybor Square, Don Vicente Inn, HCC Child Development Center, Stantec, Swope Rodante, Ybor City Museum State Park, and the 19th Street Casitas and Café. Sponsors include the Ybor City Development Corporation, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, Swope Rodante, and RSA Architecture, Inc.

The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.

Preservation Roundtable – February 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:00 am at Tampa Union Station, 2nd floor conference room. Anyone interested in historic preservation issues in Hillsborough County is invited to attend. For more information, call the Tampa Preservation, Inc. office.

Promote Florida Heritage Tourism

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThis year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Florida Association of Museums for Florida Tourism Day.

As you may know, the purpose of Florida Tourism Day is to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry and the rationale for public funding. It is the perfect day to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.

Historic Preservation is a VITAL PART of Tourism.  The Florida Trust has a full day of visits planned for January 18th and NEEDS you to attend.

Please register today (deadline January 10th)! Meet with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy a CEO briefing and then visit your Legislators in their Tallahassee Offices. After your work is done – come to a “Street Party” on South Adams and enjoy the festivities.

Your participation is critical to educate and remind the legislators that historic preservation is an important component of Tourism and has a tremendous economic impact.

Tourism Day Registration Form and Tentative Schedule

For information on special lodging deals, contact the Florida Trust at 850-224-8128.

Henry B. Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll

Plant Museum ChristmasThere is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments that hold memories, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in the season of joy. Experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 30th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2011, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, this year’s Christmas trees will be graced by whimsical tea cups, beloved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, etiquette driven language of fans, blinding white 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, aromatic cigars, twinkling bells, and antique toys.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

Don’t miss Bells of Christmas on Saturday, December 11th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall (adjacent to the Museum). Enjoy an afternoon of hand bell music performed by Clearwater Christian Bell Choir from Clearwater Christian College, Fanfare Ringers from First United Methodist Church of Lutz and St. Andrew’s Ringers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tampa. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 5, 6,12, and 13 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

Here is a link to a short video on the Victorian Christmas Stroll… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0_SJb21sxo

High-resolution photos are available to the media.

Underwriters of the Victorian Christmas Stroll are The Beck Group, Jacarlene Foundation, The Mosaic Company, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation Tampa Downtown Partnership, The Tampa Tribune/ News Channel 8, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and Walkers Shortbread.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark, an opulent 1891 railroad destination resort, and the artifacts significant to its history and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant.  Through educational exhibits and events, the museum transports visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the late Victorian period, the beginnings of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.

Old Hyde Park Home Tour

Sunday, December 4 , 2011
1pm – 4pm

Tour beautiful  historic homes almost 100 years old as you walk along Willow Avenue under the camphor trees between Bayshore Boulevard and Swann Avenue. You’ll find an interesting blend of the old and new as you tour six of Tampa’s original homes built between 1913 and 1924.

View Side Show of previous tours

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Tour starts outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, 902 S. Orleans, Tampa
(Please do not call the church…they are kindly letting us use their property for our registration table.)
Check written to:

Hyde Park Preservation Inc.
c/o 805 S. Willow Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606S

Sorry, no on-line purchases…or credit cards accepted at the event.

Advance sale price will be honored up until Dec. 3rd. No tickets or correspondence will be mailed back. Your name will be put on the list…and wristbands will be picked up at the registration table for ALL sales.

For more information, call (813) 258-6600.email: thefissfamily@gmail.com

Enjoy Lunch before the Tour!
11:30am – 1pmSophie’s French Bakery & Café
1633 W. Snow Ave.
Hyde Park Village
(813) 254-5257Tour Tickets will also be available at Sophie’s – Day of Event only!
(for separate, regular ticket price)Box Lunch Special $10.95

Jambon – Authentic Paris Street Sandwich(baguette, ham, butter)
Two French Macaroons
Bag of Chips
Freshly Brewed Ice Coffee / Tea-or- Hot Coffee or Tea

Former City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is having a book signing earlier that morning at Sophie’s, too!

Hyde Park Preservation, Inc. (HPPI), a 501(c) non-profit, is dedicated to the historic preservation, rehabilitation and development of Old Hyde Park, and is a neighborhood association officially recognized by the City of Tampa for this purpose.