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2015 Tours

Ybor City walking tour
Friday, October 16, 6-7:30 PM
Ticket price: $15

The tour will begin at the Ybor City State Museum; 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605; please meet in the courtyard

Ybor City is one of America’s great places to appreciate immigration-urban history. Founded in 1886 as a company town, Ybor City quickly became the center for the manufacture of hand-rolled Cuban cigars. By 1900, thousands of Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants had arrived and created an extraordinary built environment. A vibrant tradition of mutual aid and culture evolved that made Ybor City famous. The walking tour includes an opportunity to visit several of the mutual aid society clubhouses (The Italian Club, Centro Espanol, and Centro Asturiano). The structures are so ornate that they were called “cathedrals for the working classes.” We will also see the city’s first great cigar factory (the VM Ybor building, 1886), Jose Marti Park, and other fascinating places.  Tour attendees will meet in Ybor City for the tour.  (You can get to Ybor City on the Teco line streetcar.) Tour Leader: Historian Gary Mormino


Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District tour
Sunday, October 18, 9:30AM – 2:30 PM
Ticket price: $40

The Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District in Pinellas County is Florida’s first Traditional Cultural Property National Register listing. The Greektown District, measuring 140 acres and with 296 contributing buildings, sites, and structures (including about a dozen sponge boats), preserves a strong ethnic and maritime character. Greektown is the epitome of a Greek American traditional cultural property. Since 1905—when Greeks first arrived in large numbers—it has been significant for its tenacious continuity of traditional culture, extensive Greek infrastructure, and as the only Greek American community based on the sponge industry. The​ ​walking​ ​tour will look at sites in the Greektown district, including those associated with the sponge industry, religion, and tourism. The tour will be led by Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs.

9:30am – 10:30am: Shuttle bus pick up at hotel/drive to Tarpon Springs
10:30am – 11:45am: Walking tour of Tarpon Springs
11:45am – 1:30pm: Lunch on your own/free time/shopping
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Shuttle bus pick up at Tarpon Springs/drive to hotel.

The tour fee includes bus transportation; lunch is not included.