We are proud to present "The 1890s: The Most Significant Decade in the History of Tampa," a special lecture by Dr. Gary Mormino. This talk is part of a series of programs and events in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit Stop the Presses! Fake News and the War of 1898. Join us on Sunday, October 16th at noon in the Music Room of Plant Hall for this fascinating presentation on the whirlwind of change that was Tampa in the 1890s.
During the presentation, Dr. Mormino will discuss the evolution of Tampa at the end of the 1800s. In 1880, the population of Tampa was a mere 750 inhabitants. By 1900, Tampa had validated its nickname, “Cigar City,"
becoming the most significant industrial city in Florida and the hub of the Plant Railroad System. The decade of the 1890s forged Tampa’s identity as a multiethnic, industrial hothouse. The Cuban War of Independence and the Spanish-American War catapulted Tampa onto the world stage.
Eminent scholar Gary R. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus of Florida history at USF St. Petersburg. He is the author of several significant books, including The Immigrant World of Ybor City,
Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida, and most recently, Dreams in the New Century, a study of Florida, 2000-2010.
This event is free and open to the public.
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