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July 8, 2011 
In This Issue
Rays Watch Party
History Adventure Camps
Member Event
Tampa Sports Legends
Play it Forward
Book Group
Museum Store



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Rays Head to History Center 


RaysWatch the Tampa Bay Rays battle the Kansas City Royals broadcast live in Cotanchobee Park in front of the History Center on Friday, July 22.


View the game on a huge 16-foot screen in the park or relax with a glass of sangria on the Columbia Cafe's outdoor patio while watching the action on two flat screen TVs. 


Plus, if you haven't seen our latest exhibit Sports in Tampa Bay, featuring the Ray's 2008 ALCS Trophy and other sports artifacts, now's your chance. We're staying open late, with extended gallery hours and half-price admission from 5-7:30 p.m. See the exhibit before heading out to the park for the pre- and post-game show featuring Voice of the Rays, Rich Herrera.


Enjoy Rays activities and giveaways throughout the evening. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. For more information, call (813) 228-0097.

Get Set for a Summer of Adventure 


Summer CampThere's still time to register your junior historian for History Adventure Camp! Open to children ages 8 to 11, our summer camps give kids a unique opportunity to have fun while learning about Florida's history.


July 25 - 29  Art Infusion

Fill your brush with coffee "ink" and show the world how you see Tampa. Try your hand at sculpting and drawing, too. At the end of the week, your masterpiece will even hang in our children's gallery.


August 8 - 12  Viva Tampa!

Habla Espanol? Learn to speak Spanish as you make a Tampa-style Cuban sandwich, and pick up some Latin dance moves. Celebrate the food, music, and festivals of Tampa's rich cultures.


Each week-long camp is $150 for non-members/ $135 for TBHC members. Camps begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Extended care is available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit our website.

Members Go Behind the Screens 


Screens 2Ever wonder how the tales from Tampa's past made their way to the big screens of the History Center? Join Saunders Foundation Curator of History Rodney Kite-Powell, on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. for an exclusive, "behind-the-screens" tour of the History Center's film experiences Winds of Change and Coacoochee's Story.


You'll watch each film before learning how the historical record was adapted for the screen. Discover how technology and history come together to bring the stories of early Florida to life in this engaging, members-only tour. $10. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Call (813) 228-0097 to RSVP. Not a member yet? Visit our website and join today.

Tampa Sports Legends 

Join WFLA 970's Jack Harris and mingle with former pros from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bandits, Rowdies and Lightning on Saturday, August 13 from 3-6 p.m.


Sports media personalities and former players will sign autographs and chat with visitors during this one-of-a-kind event.


Check out the exhibit Sports in Tampa Bay: Through the Eyes of Lamar Sparkman and spend the afternoon with some of Tampa Bay's best-known sports legends.


Tampa Sports Legends is presented by WDAE 620 The Sports Animal. Regular admission rates apply. Visit us online for more information.

History Center and Lightning 'Play it Forward' 


LightningBolt into one last summer adventure with the History Center and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, August 20

from 10-3 p.m.


Join Lightning mascot Thunderbug and get your hands on real hockey equipment, go on a scavenger hunt through the History Center's galleries, or go "old school" with pioneer games.


Plus, receive one free admission per family with a donation of new school supplies. Donations benefit the Salvation Army. For more information, visit us online or call (813) 228-0097.

Book Group


Summer ReadingJoin special guest Colette Bancroft, Book Editor for the the St. Petersburg Times, for Book Group this Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. Bancroft will review her picks for light summer reading.


The Book Group meets in our 2nd floor classroom and is free and open to public. For more information about upcoming Book Group topics and meetings, visit our website.

New in the Museum Store 


Pirate MugThis whimsical "Zaney Face" pirate mug is sure to be a hit. Each folk art mug is individually hand-made and stained; no two are exactly the same. Crafted by Palm Harbor-based potter Zane Khul, each mug is made with durable stoneware and is microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.


Ask to see one on your next visit to the Museum Store.