Ybor's Melting Pot! 

Our culture is deeply rooted in the flavors and aromas of foods that were introduced in Ybor City beginning with the earliest immigrant groups. This month, we are launching a new series that celebrates the history of Ybor City's traditional dishes, and the food fusion that occurred long before it became a buzzword in todays culinary scene. Ybor City was truly a "melting pot" in every sense of the word! Stories and recipes will be posted on social media pages, newsletters and this website. If you'd like to receive our e-newsletters with the latest updates and information, please send us an email by clicking here and using the Contact Form to let us know you want to receive our newsletters. 

Vision

The Ybor City Museum Society is the primary interpreter and conservator of Ybor City's rich history and heritage. Our multidisciplinary programs and exhibits provide educational experiences about the people and events that brought immigrant groups together beginning in 1886. Many of them worked in Tampa's renowned cigar industry or provided essential goods and services to those who did. These early citizens of Ybor City preserved their own traditions and were the first contributors to the City's cultural diversity, whose mores and flavors are still evident in modern-day Tampa. 

New Programs

The Ybor City Museum State Park remains closed for now. In the meantime, the Ybor City Museum Society is continuing to create new events and programs you can enjoy right from your home. We hope these help you experience and celebrate Ybor City's rich history and cultural heritage and provide activities for home schoolers.

In January, we will be launching a new column in our e-newsletter entitled the foods of Ybor City. Each issue will feature traditional foods and flavors from one of the five ethnic groups who settled Ybor City. You'll enjoy the history and recipe for each featured dish. 

The annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop will be presented virtually, and a new video will be created to provide behind-the-scenes tours of some of Ybor City's iconic and historic buildings. Stay tuned for more information on the event. 

If you are following "Fernando's Footsteps", a tale of old Tampa written by Tony CarreƱo, you can catch up on the chapters posted on our website or view videos of past readings on the Ybor City Museum Society Facebook page. More chapters will be published later this spring. 

Bringing local families together to celebrate the game, the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House  launched a Facebook Live series entitled "Who's on Wednesdays".  You can watch  videos of guests including Joe Maddon, Orestes Destrade, Marc Topkin, Wes Singletary, Tony Saladion, Neil Solondz, and others on the Tampa Baseball Museum's Facebook page

As always, your support has meant a lot this year as we met the challenge of presenting programs in new ways. If you are in a position to do so, please consider a donation of any size so we can continue to share Ybor City's unique history in 2021.

  

 

 




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