OLLI Course: MacDill Air Force Base at the Tampa Bay History Center

Home to two of our nation’s most important unified commands, SOCOM & CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base has played an important role in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Learn about MacDill’s history, mission and activities, as well and its economic and geopolitical influences. $30 (3 sessions)

When:  Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Tampa Bay History Center Classroom
Cost:    $30 (3 sessions)
Register: Contact USF-0LLI at 813-974-2403 or www.conted.usf.edu/seniors

Sangria & Stories: Treasured Maps at the Tampa Bay History Center

Sip some sangria and participate in a lively gallery discussion with Tom Touchton, a map collector and Tampa Bay History Center founding board chairman. More than 100 of Mr. Touchton’s maps are on display in Charting the Land of Flowers, our one-of-a-kind exhibition of Florida maps. Touchton will share stories about his personal favorites during this up-close gallery talk.

 $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Fee includes one glass of sangria and free garage parking. Seating is limited to 25; reservations are required. Call (813) 228-0097 to register or see http://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/calendar.html for more info.

History-related Holiday Gift Idea #1

Want to get something unique for the Tampa-lover on your list? Consider these great notecards from Tampa Changing that feature iconic Tampa architecture. Website owner and Tampa native Bryan Weinstein finds historic photographs of historic buildings and rephotographs the buildings for great Now and Then images that document our area’s changing history. The set of ten 5″x7″ notecards include images of Tampa Theatre, The Tampa Bay Hotel, Franklin Street, 7th Avenue, and the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory.

Prints of each of the rephotographs are also available on the website which are suitable for framing. Many of these prints are available at the Tampa Bay History Center Gift Shop as well.

Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar

The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. and the Tampa Bay History Center are pleased to present the 13th edition of the historic photographic Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar. The 2010 Calendar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opening of the E. Regensburg & Sons cigar factory in Ybor City.

The Calendar cover sponsor is J.C. Newman Cigar Company – occupant of the factory since 1953 and the last of the great Tampa cigar factories. The cover features a 1951 Burgert photograph of the 100 year old building, also known as “El Reloj” because of its majestic clock tower. Monthly historic facts about the history of Tampa’s cigar industry are included on each month’s calendar.

The Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar is the perfect holiday gift, and is available for sale at all Hillsborough County public libraries and at the Tampa Bay History Center for $5.00. The Calendar is also available at Barnes & Noble bookstores in Hillsborough County, Inkwood Books, and the H.B. Plant Museum. Proceeds from the sale of the Calendar benefit the Friends of the Library and the Tampa Bay History Center.

The Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection contains almost 15,000 images of the Tampa Bay area. Photographs from the late 1800s to the late 1950s provide a visual historic record of Tampa’s people and places. The collection is housed in the History & Genealogy Department of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa, and is open to the public. The images are cataloged in the library’s collection and are available online through the Library’s Web page,http://www.hcplc.org/. Reprints are available from a local photographic studio.

The calendar can be ordered online through the Tampa Bay History Center online store at: http://tampabay.tamretail.net/

Mystery & History: Tampa Style

WEDU presents a special event featuring Gwendolyn Wright and Tukufu Zuberi, two of the detectives from the popular PBS series, History Detectives.  During the event, the hosts will uncover fascinating stories from the hits series, discuss a few special finds from the Tampa Bay area and field questions from the audience.  This special evening includes food, beverage and entertainment.  It is being held at the Tampa Bay History Center on Thursday, June 17th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  Tickets are $50 per person or for $65 per person, you can attend a special meet and greet session with the detectives at 5:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to the WEDU website.

Also check out this list of Top 10 Historical Facts About the Tampa Bay Area posted on the WEDU site.

Port Tampa Display at the Tampa Bay History Center

The City of Port Tampa Civic Association has installed a display at the Tampa Bay History Center Community Case. This wonderful little port community located just west of The MacDill Air Force Base was first settled in the late 1800’s when Henry Plant extended his railroad line southwest from Tampa. Chartered as an independent City in 1893, Port Tampa was annexed by the City of Tampa in 1961. The display contains a few rare artifacts, photos and postcards, and a little history of the areaThe display will only be in until the last week in February.