Archives Awareness Week: July 14 - 20, 2019

About Archives Awareness Week:

Recognizing the need to document and preserve the development and unique heritage of Tampa and its government, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987. Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records. Archives and Records is a division of the City Clerk's Office. Click on the link below to read our brochure  for more detailed information.

 Archives Awareness Week Brochure July 14-20, 2019


Archives Awareness Week

July 14-20, 2019


2019 Exhibits

Admission fees may be charged to view museum exhibits. 


Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, Selections from the Haskell Collection

Echoing Forms: Photography from the Permanent Collection

Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection 

Tampa Museum of Art• Cornelia Corbett Center • 120 West Gasparilla Plaza 


Henry Plant: He's More Important Than You Thought 

 Henry B. Plant Museum • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard 


History by the Pint: Beer and Brewing in Tampa Bay 

Tampa Bay History Center • 801 Old Water Street   


From the Archives: A Look at Mayor Bob Buckhorn

City of Tampa, Old City Hall Mascotte Room • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard


Summer Getaway: Parks, Gardens, Beaches and Springs Burgert Brothers Photography Exhibit 

 John F. Germany Public Library, 4th Floor • 900 North Ashley Drive 


Traces of Cuba

Ybor City Museum State Park • 1818 East Ninth Avenue 


2019 Programs

All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


John and Ellen Jackson: Cornerstones of their Community and Church 

Sunday, July 14th • 2:00 p.m.

Scared Heart Church • 509 North Florida Avenue

Tampa knows John J. Jackson as a surveyor, mayor, and local business operator. However, John and his wife Ellen were also founding members of the oldest Catholic Church on Florida's West Coast. Today, known as Scared Heart Catholic Church, the parish established in 1859 covered territory north of Cedar Key to Key West. Join the docents of Sacred Heart to explore more about their history in the city known as Fort Brooke.


City of Tampa: Celebrating 132 Years of History 

Monday, July 15th • 3:00 p.m.

City of Tampa • Old City Hall, Council Chambers  • 315 East Kennedy Boulevard 

July 15th is Tampa's birthday. Celebrate with a look back at its history. What was Tampa like 100 years ago? 50 years ago? Join local historians Andy Huse, Fred Hearns, and the Honorable E.J. Salcines as they take a look at key events that shaped our city. Guests will receive a new publication, One Hundred Years Ago: Tampa in 1919. A reception with refreshments will follow this event. 


Cinema Day 

Monday, July 15th • 6:00 p.m.

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library  • 1505 Nebraska Avenue 

Kick off Archives Awareness Week by joining us for a viewing of the action/adventure film; The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004). Not Rated. Refreshments provided by the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries.  


Letters from Tampa: Two Spanish-American War Stories 

Tuesday, July 16th • 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 

Henry B. Plant Museum • Plant Hall, Music Room • 401 West Kennedy Boulevard 

Join us in the Music Room for a new documentary film, Letters from Tampa: Two Spanish-American War Stories, produced by University of Tampa faculty and ALEX program interns. Then accompany Professor Charles McGraw Groh on a guided tour of the temporary exhibition, Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel, a very personal account of the lives of hotel housekeepers, maids, and laundresses. Complimentary admission. Contact info: (813) 254-1891, ext. 7303 or [email protected] 



Tampa in 1919 

Wednesday, July 17th • 1:00 p.m. 

Tampa Bay History Center  • 801 Old Water Street

Free to all. 

How do we tell the story of Tampa in 1919? Come to the Tampa Bay History Center and join historian Brad Massey for a look at items the History Center collects, preserves, and uses to tell the story of Tampa in the 1910s and earl 1920s. 


Personal Archiving 

Wednesday, July 17th • 2:00 p.m. 

Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library • 1505 Nebraska Avenue 

Explore what it means to create a personal archive. Maintain your family's history and personal documents by learning how to organize and preserve photographs and documents on the library's digitization equipment. 


Images from the Archive: Photography, Art, and More 

Thursday, July 18th • 2:00 p.m. 

USF Libraries Special Collections • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, 4th Floor

Visit USF Special Collections for a special "show and tell" session with librarians Tomaro Taylor, Sydney Jordan, and Andy Huse that will feature unique and valuable materials. Free and open to the public. 


Photoshop: Make Yourself a Part of History 

Thursday, July 18th  • 4:00 p.m. 

John F. Germany Public Library, Auditorium • 900 North Ashley Drive

Ge an introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC, a popular program used for image editing and manipulation. Bring your own photo or use a historic Burgert Brothers Photo to learn how to insert people into photos. 


Thirty on Thursday-The Influence of Abstract Expressionism 

Thursday, July 18th • 6:30 p.m. 

Tampa Museum of Art • Cornelia Corbett Center • 120 West Gasparilla Plaza 

Join us in the galleries for a thirty minute conversation with artist and USF professor Walter Matthews, and MFA candidate Taylor Wellman, on the influence of abstraction in their work. Thirty on Thursday gallery talks are free with regular admission. For questions, or to RSVP: [email protected] 


Downtown Walking Tour 

Friday, July 19th • 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Gaslight Park; $20/pp and discount for TBHC Members  

Join the Tampa Bay History Center for a 90- minute walking tour of Tampa's historic downtown. This guided tour highlights the iconic landmarks, colorful characters and groundbreaking events behind what was once the entire city of Tampa, the first economic hub on Florida's west coast. You'll stroll past City Hall, Sacred Heart Church, and the Floridan Palace Hotel. Reservation Required; RSVP through


Microfilm Demonstration and Discussion

Friday, July 19th • 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Robert Saunders, Sr. Library • 1505 Nebraska Avenue

Come visit the African American History and Genealogy Library for a discussion on the importance of this still-relevant format, followed by a demonstration using the library's Freedmen's Bureau microfilm collection. 


Tampa Historical Society Open House

Saturday, July 20th • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Tampa Historical Society • Peter O. Knight House • 245 South Hyde Park Avenue

Join Charlie Spicola, founder of the Rough Riders, and former City Councilman, for a look inside the Peter O. Knight House. There will be an opportunity to view artifacts such as a cannon ball from the shelling of Fort Brooke during the U.S. Civil War, a record of President Theodore Roosevelt's stay with his wife at the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898, and recently discovered material about the capture Havana, Cuba from Spain by British Forces in 1764, which ties in with the establishment of New Smyrna, Florida