Happy Hour with the Historian, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s celebrated lecture series, kicks off its 10th season Thursday, January 12, 2023, with stories of the Sunshine City’s own world-famous roadside attraction – Sunken Gardens. 

Happy Hour With The Historian Returns For Its 10th Season!

Happy Hour with the Historian, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s celebrated lecture series, kicks off its 10th season Thursday, January 12, 2023, with stories of the Sunshine City’s own world-famous roadside attraction – Sunken Gardens. 
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Happy Hour with the Historian, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s celebrated lecture series, kicks off its 10th season Thursday, January 12, 2023, with stories of the Sunshine City’s own world-famous roadside attraction – Sunken Gardens. 

Held monthly at the Museum of History, Happy Hour with the Historian series features a star-studded slate of speakers that focus on the unique and unusual history of the Sunshine State.

The 2023 lineup includes conversations on how the Beatles rocked Florida, Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen and the controversial Cold War legacy of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.

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Jennifer Tyson starts the series on January 12 with the history of Sunken Gardens. Over 100 years ago when U.S. 92 (4th Street) was the city’s main highway, the Turner family transformed an exotic garden into St. Pete’s largest, and one of the state’s oldest Roadside Attractions. Seating is limited for the Jan. 12 event is available at https://spmoh.com/event/happy-hour-with-the-historian-jennifer-tyson/.

Each Happy Hour installment features a beer & wine cash bar and an opportunity to meet the author/speaker.

Admission is $5 for St. Petersburg Museum of History members and $10 for not-yet members. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00pm and the program begins at 6:30pm.

Registration for each installation of Happy Hour with the Historian is available at www.historystpete.org.

The 2023 Happy Hour with the Historian speaker schedule:

Jan 12 – Jennifer Tyson

Sunken Gardens – St. Pete’s World-Famous Roadside Attraction

Feb 9 – Dr. J. Michael Butler

Dr. King in the Ancient City

Mar 9 – Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

April 13 – Bob Kealing

Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida

May 11 – Bill DeYoung

The Story of the Sunshine Skyway and the Man Who Brought It Down

June 8 – Robert Jacob          

Andrew Jackson – From the Battle of New Orleans to the Invasion of Florida

July 13 – Annette Fromm

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

Aug 10 – Paul Wilborn

Florida Hustle

Sept 14 – Kendal Jackson

Weedon Island and Our Ancient People

Oct 12 – Mark Muncy

Eerie Florida!

Nov 9 – Pia Jordan

Memories of a Tuskegee Airmen Nurse

Dec 7 – Gary McKechnie

What in the World? How Walt Build Disney

Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City since 1922, the St. Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Avenue NE on the St Pete Pier. For more information, please call 727.894.1052 or visit www.historystpete.org.

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