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 Purple Heart Presentation Ceremony

Come join us in the serene garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park on Wedenesday, December 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm, as we honor a fallen hero.

Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera will lead a ceremony presenting Ybor City Museum Society with the Purple Heart of the late Salvador Martinez-Ybor, grandson of Vicente Martinez-Ybor. The Purple Heart of Salvador Martinez-Ybor has been graciously donated by his nephew, Ignacio Martinez-Ybor, in loving memory of his uncle.

 Following Fernando's Footsteps

December 8, 2022, 6:00 pm
A Legacy of Smoke Film Screening
Centro Asturiano de Tampa
1913 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
The Ybor City Museum Society and El Centro Asturiano de Tampa welcome you to a viewing of a film entitled A Legacy of Smoke by Dr. James Fernandez and Luis Argeo. Join us for an intriguing evening in the ornate and historic theatre of the Centro Asturiano. The event and parking are free. REGISTRATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, however not requred. 

 December 9, 2022, 6:00 pm
"Invisible Immigrants" Panel Discussion with Q&A
El Centro Español de Tampa
2306 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33607

The Ybor City Museum Society and El Centro Español de Tampa invite you to an engaging panel discussion on Spanish immigration to Tampa and the U.S. Visiting experts from Spain, Luis Argeo, Filmmaker and Journalist (Asturias) and Maria Luque Larena, Director of Cultural Affairs, Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos, will be joined by a distinguished panel including: Dr. Gary R. Mormino, Frank E. Duckwall Professor of History Emeritus, University of South Florida; The Honorable E.J. Salcines, Local Historian and Expert on Spanish Immigration; John Rañon, President, El Centro Español de Tampa; Tony Carreño, Local Historian and Author of Fernando's Footsteps. They will their share their expertise and research on the lives and experiences of Spanish immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The event and parking are free. REGISTRATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, however not requred.


Funding for this project was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities                                      With the support of a Ybor City CRA              
with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings,                                            Event Co-Sponsorship Grant
conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily
represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Ybor City Museum Society is the primary interpreter and conservator of Ybor City's rich history and heritage. Our multidisciplinary programs and exhibits provide educational experiences about the people and events that brought immigrant groups together beginning in 1886. Many of them worked in Tampa's renowned cigar industry or provided essential goods and services to those who did. These early citizens of Ybor City preserved their own traditions and were the first contributors to the City's cultural diversity, whose mores and flavors are still evident in modern-day Tampa.     

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With the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County
And the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners