Events and programs

Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
In partnership with the Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, February 18, 2017  |  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
1930 Grande Room  |  1930 E. 7th Avenue  |   Tampa, FL 33605

Event is Free  |  Complimentary Refreshments


Are you a baseball fan or do you have artifacts related to Latinos and Latinas in baseball? The Smithsonian is interested in seeing what you have for possible inclusion in a new national collection called Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues. Join the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, one of only 11 project partners nationwide, in this collection event and celebration of the social and cultural influence of the game on the Latino community.

In 2015, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History launched a new national collecting initiative called Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues. The initiative is designed to build on a growing body of original research, oral histories and collections by and with Smithsonian partners to document the impact Latino communities have had on American history and culture through the sport. To ensure that Latino/a communities all over the nation are represented in this effort, the Smithsonian has partnered with 11 institutions throughout the nation that work to preserve and interpret local Latino/a populations. The Tampa Bay collecting event will be the sixth such event held by local partner institutions around the country.

If you have objects or photographs related to Latinos or Latinas and baseball that you would like considered for inclusion in the National Collection housed at the Smithsonian in D.C., please bring them to the event so that National Museum of American History curator Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio can evaluate them!

In addition to the evaluations by Dr. Salazar-Porzio, the Tampa Baseball Museum has organized a series of screenings and events throughout the day.


Collection Times: 10 am - 12 pm & 2 pm - 4 pm

10:00 - 11:00 am: Screenings of “Baseball from the Beginning”, a series created by the Tampa Bay Rays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Screening of a presentation by Yale University’s Dr. Roberto González Echevarría on the Tampa-Havana baseball rivalry
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Panel Discussion with Dr. Gary Mormino, Wes Singletary, Frank Permuy, Art Keeble and Orestes Destrade, moderated by Mario Nuñez with the Tampa Natives Show
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Reception and networking, book signings with Art Keeble, Sam Zygner, Pete Mulry, Ray Negron and Wes Singltary, and autograph session with Orestes Destrade, Nardi Contreras, and more!

Throughout the Day: Scheduled tours of the Tampa Baseball Museum site with curator Elizabeth McCoy, including a preview of exhibits and artifacts that will be on display once the museum opens

Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop

Thursday, March 9, 2017   |   5 - 10 pm

Have you ever wondered what some of the historic buildings in Ybor City look like on the inside? The Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop will give you a behind-the-scenes looks into eight historic buildings, where you will learn the history of each building and see how preservation work has saved and repurposed each building. Travel through Ybor from building to building on board rubber-wheeled trolleys, and sample special drinks and food at each venue along the way! This year's hop will feature buildings with a connection to Cuba as part of our Traces of Cuba year-long programming series. 

This year's stops are:
     - Florida Cane Distillery (housed in the Encanto Building)
     - Oliva Factory Building (currently under construction)
     - Don Vicente Building (formerly the Gonzalez Clinic)
     - Swope Rodante Law Firm (housed in the Tropicana Brewery)
     - El Centro Asturiano Clubhouse

$45 for early bird registration   |   $55 after March 3rd   |   YCMS Members $35

Click Here to Register Today!


Current Exhibits:

Traces of Cuba
Ybor City Museum State Park

As you walk around modern Tampa, you can see traces of the relationship between Tampa and Cuba all around you. This relationship dates back to the 1880s, when thousands of Cubans followed Vicente Martinez-Ybor and Ignacio Haya as they moved their cigar factories to Tampa. These Cuban immigrants brought more than just their knowledge of cigar making, however. They also brought with them a variety of foods, architecture, traditions, and a unique culture history that helped to shape - and continues to shape - the communities of Tampa. This special exhibition shows you some of these traces of Cuba, and explores the historic events and peoples that shaped the Tampa Bay area. This special exhibition will be on display through September, 2017. 


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.