How Unique is Tampa's History?

On Thursday, November 5, 4 pm EST,  we take a break from the weekly reading of “Fernando’s Footsteps”. Join author and historian, Tony Carreño, on Facebook Live for a lively and interactive conversation regarding Tampa’s early history. Ideas to ponder… Should the history of early Tampa, Ybor City and West Tampa be considered unique, and if so, why? Myths, lore, or fact… some of Tampa’s most interesting! What did Spaniards think of emigration to Tampa in its early days and what impressions do modern Spaniards have of this movement? Get your questions and comments ready to post on Facebook Live as Tony shares insights on these topics!  Join us on the Ybor City Museum Society Facebook page


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.

If you are following "Fernando's Footsteps", a tale of old Tampa written by Tony Carreño, note that new parts to the story are posted every Tuesday and Thursday on our website. Join Tony will on Facebook Live every Thursday at 4 pm for a reading and Q&A. Those who are new to the story can read all the installments here

Bringing local families together to celebrate the game, the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House has launched a Facebook Live series entitled "Who's on Wednesdays".  We will will bring baseball greats and iconic figures right to your home over the next few weeks! Tune in every Wednesday at 4 pm or watch the videos of guests including Joe Maddon, Tim Mead, Orestes Destrade, Marc Topkin, Wes Singletary, Neil Solondz, and other guests following their scheduled Live presentation. 

As always, your support means a lot to us and helps fulfil our mission. Please consider a donation of any size so that we can share Ybor City's unique history in new and exciting ways.




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