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City of Tampa Celebrating 136th Birthday During Archives Awareness Week 

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The City of Tampa will celebrate its 136th birthday during Archives Awareness Week, with exhibits and programs taking place at local archives on July 9-15. These programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  

Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa. During this week, local archivists 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 Awareness Week is held during the second week of July to coincide with the City of Tampa’s July 15th birthday.  

For more information, please visit tampa.gov/aaw



Sunday, July 9th • 1:00 p.m., Henry B. Plant Museum
Premier of the short documentary film Gems from Olivette, which recreates performances of popular songs that took Tampa by storm in the 1890s.

Sunday, July 9th • 3:00 p.m., Oxford Exchange
Join professor, historian, and Tampa native Sarah McNamara for a conversation of her new book, Ybor City: Crucible of the Latina South

Monday, July 10th • 3:00 p.m., Old City Hall, Council Chambers
Join the Tampa Bay History Center’s Curator of Black History, Fred Hearns, and Retired Appellate Judge, District Court of Appeals, E.J. Salcines, to learn more about Tampa’s past. 

Monday, July 10th • 6:00 p.m., C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library
Learn how DNA is inherited, which type of DNA test to take, and exactly what you can expect to get as a result. Recommended for adults.

Tuesday, July 11th • 11:00 a.m., J.C. Newman Company
Join company historian Holden Rasmussen in the historic 113-year-old El Reloj cigar factory as he discusses changes in the cigar industry and the ways these changes affected the inhabitants of Ybor City.

Tuesday, July 11th • 4:00 p.m., Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library
Presentation on how you can use traditional resources such as vital records, census records, land records and newspapers to uncover the lives, experiences and even personalities of our ancestors.

Wednesday, July 12th • 11:00 a.m., Tampa Bay History Center
Bootleggers, flappers, fruit flies and Art Deco. Join the Tampa Bay History Center’s Brad Massey for a look back in time at Florida in the 1920s to the modern era.

Thursday, July 13th • 11:00 a.m., Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library 
Unveiling of two new Soulwalk historical markers recognizing the historic Jackson House, as well as The Scrub, which was Tampa’s oldest and largest African American neighborhood.

Friday, July 14th • 11:00 a.m., Tampa Bay History Center
Join local photographer Chip Weiner to take a fascinating look over the last 100 years of Tampa’s development, sites and scenes, and how they look today. 

Friday, July 14th • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library
The Soulwalk History Party welcomes Black Tampanians to share their thrilling days of yesterday. Bring your old photographs and documents to the library for scanning. Have a great story? We will also be recording oral histories.

Friday, July 14th • 6:30 p.m., The Bricks, Ybor
Join historian and author Sarah McNamara for an evening of Ybor City’s hidden histories as she tells stories of the radicals and revolutionaries who made Ybor City. 

Saturday, July 15th • 10:30 a.m. (walking tour) 11:30 a.m. (party) The Bricks 
Celebrate the 136th Birthday of Tampa with a walking tour and birthday party! Join historian and author, Sarah McNamara, through Ybor City as she tells the history of the community’s past and present. The walking tour will end with a birthday celebration.