Hello everyone... Julian back with an awesome event at the Tampa Bay History Center: After selling out last year, Tampa History Highlights returns this October with a new line up of topics and presenters. The Tampa Bay History Center, together with USF’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, presents a new six-week course covering a wide range of topics.

Course leader and retired Tampa Tribune columnist, Leland Hawes, has assembled an impressive line-up of local historians and guest lecturers including USF's Gary Mormino, retired judge E.J. Salcines, historian Doris Weatherford, artist Hermann Trappman, and the History Center's Saunders Foundation Curator of History, Rodney Kite-Powell. Each will touch on a different topic, including women’s suffrage, Tampa’s role in Cuban Independence and Florida maps from the 16th century. “Last year’s class was filled to capacity,” said Hawes, who has authored hundreds of articles on Tampa’s history. “It’s a rare opportunity to assemble such a great collection of historians and local experts in one place,” he said.

The six-week course will be held each Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. beginning October 6th through November 10th at the Tampa Bay History Center. The fee for the course is $60.00. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register on line at www.usfseniors.org or contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 813.974.2403.

So do something for your cultural and historical knowledge and register! As usual, I'll be back with all the news and upates around events in Tampa Bay, so don't miss coming back soon for more exciting things to do in Tampa Bay!