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Grant Deadlines:
Noon, Apr 1, and Jun 1, 2016. Applications due. 
Issue: January 2016
Who were America's first cowboys?
Florida's tough, pistol-packing cowMEN
Long before the Wild West, Florida's rancheros, Seminoles, and Crackers were riding, roping (and sometimes rustling) our country's first cattle on the steamy, subtropical frontier. That story, plus Patrick Smith, moonshiners, Bone Mizell, He-Coons, and lots more, in our newly digitized "Cracker Country." And don't miss next week's Great Florida Cattle Drive (not for sissies). It's all here.

Florida educators, check out  
new spring & summer workshops
We're expanding to new places and topics while keeping popular workshops, too. Explore with us: Florida's water story via Tampa Bay and the Indian River Lagoon, Civil Rights leaders, diverse people and cultures over the centuries, and the intersections of technology and the humanities in our world. Details.

Biographer Jon Meacham to speak:
Lessons of the Presidency
We are bringing prominent presidential historian Jon Meacham to the state to help Floridians explore the role of the presidency and how it has evolved through our history: Jan. 26 in Miami and Feb. 18 in Tallahassee. Information.
Science and the Humanities:
Can they get along?
In our era, science and technology are valued over other fields of inquiry. On Jan. 27, a renowned scholar comes to Tampa to argue that the two can and should be connected. MacArthur "Genius" Rebecca Newberger Goldstein presents "Frenemies: The Curious Relationship between the Sciences and the Humanities." More.

Other Upcoming Events: 
  • Naples, Jan. 29: The art of Purvis Young and the Highwaymen
  • Ormond Beach, Jan 30: Florida's fascinating boatbuilding and fishing legacy
  • St. Augustine, Feb. 10: How sea level rise may affect cultural sites and coastal communities
  • Arcadia, Feb. 11: Five centuries of Florida cattle ranching
  • Avon Park, Feb. 18: Spanish Colonial Foodways

For a complete list, view our event calendar

Our Thanks to this Top Trio!
A big "Thank You!" goes to Pineapple Press, University Press of Florida, and Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. They are providing gift-bag goodies for 50 high school students from around the state in our March 12 competition for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
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