Camellias and Their Connection to Local Medical History

with Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, M.D.

October 6 at 7pm

Free with registration

Did you know that the first headquarters of the American Camellia Society was in Gainesville? The first president was H. Harold Hume for whom Hume Hall at the University of Florida was named. UF Associate Professor Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak will join us to share about the fascinating history of the relationship between horticulture and medicine, specifically in Alachua County.

Opening Reception for Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall

RESCHEDULED: October 7 at 7pm

Free with registration

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of this unique, original exhibition. The evening will include short remarks, light refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the exhibition. 

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-tickets-403411714297

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

with Paul Ortiz, Ph.D.

October 13 at 7pm

Free with registration

How does US history look when we place Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa at the center of the story between 1776 to present? How does our understandings of the national narrative change when we juxtapose the American Revolution with the Haitian Revolution and the Mexican War of Independence? Dr. Paul Ortiz will be answering these questions and more when he discusses his book An African American and Latinx History of the United States.

Play All Night! Duane Allman and the Journey to Fillmore East

with Bob Beatty, Ph.D.

October 19 at 7pm

Free with registration

Public historian and musician Dr. Bob Beatty explores the life and genius of the late Duane Allman in his new book Play All Night! Duane Allman and the Journey to Fillmore East. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The 1971 Allman Brothers Band album At Fillmore East was a musical manifesto years in the making. In Play All Night!, author Bob Beatty dives deep into the motivations and musical background of band founder Duane Allman to tell the story of one of the most important live rock albums in history. Play All Night! is the biography of a sound, highlighting Duane’s musical vision and the ways At Fillmore East demonstrates how he and his bandmates brought that vision to life.

Four days after the album went gold, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 24. This book explores how At Fillmore East cemented Allman’s legacy as a strong-willed, self-taught visionary, giving fans of Southern rock and all readers interested in the role of rock music in American popular culture a new appreciation for this pathbreaking album.

Pride Festival

October 22

Come visit us at our booth at the 29th annual Gainesville Pride Festival. You can find more information here: https://gainesvillepride.org/2022pride/.

Writing a Florida Novel

with Rebecca J. Johnston

November 3 at 7pm

Free with registration

Not to Keep, the debut novel by Rebecca J. Johnston, follows the lives of five young friends as they grow from their shared childhood in the woods and swamps of North Central Florida through their experiences in WW1 and their return home from war. In her presentation, Johnston will share about World War I, Floridians returning from the war, prohibition, the Bonus Army, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and the process of writing these topics into her novel.

Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point

with Gary Mormino, Ph.D.

November 6 at 2pm

Free with registration

Eminent Florida historian Dr. Gary Mormino illuminates early twenty-first-century Florida and its connections to some of the most significant events in contemporary American history in his newest book Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point.

Native American Heritage Month: Indigenous Florida

with Nicole Nesberg (Migizi Miigwan)

November 13 at 2pm

Free with registration

We are excited to welcome Nicole Nesberg to the Matheson to discuss the history of the indigenous people who lived in Alachua County and North Florida areas. Her presentation will offer an overview of the lives of the Potano, Timucua language family, and Alachua Seminole and the impact of their interactions with the variety of non-indigenous moving into this area.

Downtown Festival & Art Show

November 19 and 20

10am-5pm

Come visit us at our booth at the 41st annual Downtown Festival & Art Show in Gainesville. You can find more information here: https://www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.net/.