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Events and Programs

31st Annual Legacy Awards Brunch

June 14, 2015 11:30 am to 1:30 pm   |   Columbia Restaurant, Siboney Room

Save the date for this wonderful celebration of Ybor City and its passionate community members, with a Spanish-style brunch, silent auction, and the presentation of this year's Vicente Martinez-Ybor, Anthony Pizzo and Adela Gonzmart Awards. 

This year's award recipients are:

  • Dr. Luz Lono - Adela Gonzmart Award
    Dr. Lono is a language professor at Hillsborough Community College, where she has organized the campus-wide Hispanic Heritage Celebration for years. 
  • Arnold Martinez - Anthony "Tony" Pizzo Award
    Arnold is known throughout the world for his beautiful paintings of Ybor City and other sites in Tampa. 
  • Cookie Rodante Spoto - Vicente Martinez-Ybor Award
    Cookie is an integral part of numerous Ybor City organizations that are dediated to preserving Ybor City's unique culture. 

Please call (813) 247-1434 for more information. 

 

Cigar Heritage Party 2015

October 16, 2015    |   Ybor City Museum State Park Garden

Make sure you save the date for this year's party celebrating the history and culture of the cigar in Ybor City. Check back often for more details as we plan this year's party!

Please call (813) 247-1434 for sponsorship opportunities. 

 
Current Exhibits:

The Jewish Roots of Ybor City
Ybor City Museum State Park

A special exhibit exploring the lasting impact the Jewish immigrants to Ybor City have had on the community. The many buildings they constructed can still be found throughout the area. The synagogues they founded are amoung the city's oldest and most influential institutions, and most Tampa natives will remember some of the hundreds of shops and restaurants owned by Jewish families over Ybor's history. All of these Jewish roots are honored through this exhibit. Ask a park ranger for a companion guide to this exhibit for more information. 

 
Immigration and Ybor City 1886 - 1930
Ybor City Museum State Park

Ybor City’s immigrants came from lands far away to find new freedoms and opportunities to work in cigar factories, create businesses and become part of a rich and diverse community. They arrived with their own culture and traditions to discover new ways of life. The immigrant groups exhibit will intertwine the work and social lives of the Cubans, Spaniards, Sicilians, Romanian Jews, and Germans who helped weave the diverse tapestry that is uniquely Ybor. The iconic mutual aid societies, which provided for their medical and social needs are featured in a second exhibit.