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Celebrating President’s Day: A conversation about the American presidency, then and now

President’s Day began as a day of remembrance for the birthday of George Washington, the nation’s first president. Learn more about the history of the presidency and the evolving nature of the role.

February 19, 2024Campus News

Associate librarian Andy Huse reveals the preserved primary sources that bring local African American history to life at USF Libraries.

USF Libraries preserves local African American history

A bountiful repository of local artifacts spanning more than 150 years provides a glimpse into Tampa Bay's African American communities. This collection from rare books and personal papers to photographs and property records is available at the USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg libraries as well as online.

February 6, 2024Campus News

Elie Wiesel speaking at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The University of South Florida and Florida Holocaust Museum to house papers and personal collection of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity named the University of South Florida and the Florida Holocaust Museum as the permanent home of the papers and artifacts of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who became an esteemed humanitarian, writer and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

February 5, 2024Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation

Picture of Helen Sweatt who was a policewoman at St. Petersburg Police Department

History Harvest uncovers thought-provoking stories in the community

When Helen Sweatt submitted an old photo of herself to USF St. Petersburg’s History Department, its historical significance initially went unnoticed. The image was part of the first-ever History Harvest, where community members brought in their family heirlooms and participated in a conversation with students about the object's significance.

January 10, 2024Campus News, Research and Innovation

Steps going up to old Fort Dade at Egmont Key

Exploring sustainable tourism on Egmont Key through virtual reality

A group of students spent the day exploring sustainable tourism on Egmont Key through an app developed at USF that digitally documents the island's rich history. The software application brings the buildings of old Fort Dade to life through virtual and augmented reality technologies.

November 6, 2023Campus News, Research and Innovation, Sustainability

Students examine family keepsakes and heirlooms from the community

Uncovering our community’s artifacts and stories

A unique learning experience allowed History students the chance to examine more than a dozen artifacts ranging from Tuskegee Airmen nurse uniform pins to a "Don't Kiss Me" necklace worn by babies during the Tuberculosis outbreak of the early 1900s.

September 22, 2023Campus News, Community Partnerships

Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the day when 250,000 slaves in the state of Texas, which became the last bastion for slavery during the final days of the Civil War, were declared free by the U.S. Army.

Juneteenth: The complicated history, significance and celebration around the struggle for freedom

Juneteenth has become the most well-known celebration for the ending of slavery in the United States and viewed by some as America’s second Independence Day. But the history of this important celebration is complex and often misunderstood.

June 13, 2023Campus News, Events

Rachel Sanderson

Providing new insight into Florida’s earliest residents: USF doctoral student wins Fulbright to study in Spain

Rachel Sanderson is earning her doctorate in History, and her efforts to uncover and document the lives of the early Floridia’s colonial residents are being rewarded with a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Grant.

May 19, 2023Campus News, Research and Innovation

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Graduating student wins national prize for research into local Black cemetery and unmarked graves

A USF student’s research on unmarked graves at Lincoln Cemetery, a historical Black cemetery in St. Petersburg, was awarded the Florida Historical Society’s prize for best undergraduate paper on Florida history.

May 3, 2023Research and Innovation

PlacemattersSP/FloridaStudies Speaker Series

New speaker series invites community to learn about history and preservation in Florida

Two new speakers’ series on the USF St. Petersburg campus will give the public a chance to explore history and local preservation through interactive and engaging lectures during the spring semester.

February 16, 2023Campus News, Community Partnerships, Events

Joan “Sudsy” Tschiderer

A campus fixture reflects on more than 50 years of memories at USF

Joan “Sudsy” Tschiderer has been part of nearly every major initiative, development and milestone on the USF St. Petersburg campus, as both a student and staff member, over the last 50 years. The unofficial ambassador shares how she's been embedded in the campus as it grew from military barracks to the vibrant community of today.

November 22, 2022Campus News

Williams House on St. Petersburg campus

New preservation grant will help make historic Williams House more secure during hurricanes

The historic John C. Williams House will undergo major restorations and upgrades thanks to a $280,640 matching grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. The upgrades will include foundation work, a new roof, hurricane panels and other repairs that will help ensure the structure’s safety and stability during a major storm.

October 13, 2022Campus News

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