Join Preserve the 'Burg in partnership with the Gulfport HIstorical Society for one of our favorite summer evening strolls, albeit one in the "suburbs!" This tour of funky and artsy Gulfport looks at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures. The tour will be led by a Gulfport local, proud of their town and with a penchant for history and storytelling. The tour starts at Gulfport's historical museum (come a bit early for a look around inside) and ends at Pia's, one of the fun spots of Gulfport where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat and continue in a conversation. Pia's on Beach Blvd., is just a couple blocks away from the tour's starting point at the museum.
Tour is free for Preserve the 'Burg members (it's easy to become a member) and $10 for non-members and guests. Reservations are recommended as tours can fill. Children & dogs are free!
Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See is the topic for the next program in the series, “Unseen St. Pete: Hidden Faces & Unknown Places." From Elder Jordan’s early housing courts built in historically African-American mid-town to the popular and trendy Birchwood on Beach Drive, built in the 1920’s by a female developer, the program will explore the challenges that have been faced by female and minority developers and how those issues still resonate today.
The program's panel is an interesting and talented group. USF professor and historian Peyton Jones will speak to the racial undertones of the city’s development history while historian Kimberly Hinder will highlight some of the forgotten local women and African American developers. Jones and Hinder will be joined by Gwendolyn Reese who grew up in racially divided St. Petersburg. Reese has worked tirelessly to bring the city's African American history to light and presently serves on the city's preservation commission.
A light reception with cash bar will be held at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.
This is a free event. Registration is recommended as space can fill. If you are not a member, please consider showing your support of Preserve the 'Burg and this program series by joining!
A special thank you to our title sponsor AARP Tampa Bay. Program support made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Thank you also to in-kind sponsors The Tampa Bay 100 and freeFall Theatre Company.
The Sun Shines Here: Shining a Light on Women and Minorities in the Future of Architecture is a forward-thinking final program to the "Unseen St. Pete" program series. The program will offer appealing visions of a more equitable future, led by nationally recognized architect Rosa Sheng of San Francisco. Sheng is the designer of the iconic glass stores of Apple and the founder of Equity by Design. In addition to Sheng, local architect Lisa Wannamacher, principal at St. Petersburg's Wannamacher Jensen Architects will join in the discussion, offering insight into the question of can there be equity in architecture in Tampa Bay.