What are the treasures you collect and hold onto?

Join curators from University of Florida's (UF's) Special Collections as they bring to life some of their favorite Florida things, from the nearly destroyed manuscripts of Zora Neale Hurston, to letters from exiled Madres Cubanas. Talking Objects, Global Voices: Collecting Florida Treasures with UF Curators at UF Smathers Library (East), Room 100, on Sunday, March 13, 3pm, will provide perspectives from curatorial and archival studies.

Florida's past brims with stories of transit: the exiles, migrations, vacations, and homecomings that have shaped our diverse communities. Some of these stories are already forgotten, and some have  been faithfully recorded. Many still reside in the things that people carried with them, sent away or left behind.  Whether in a family album or a university archive, objects have a lot to tell us.

Learn what our collectibles, and the ways we collect them, can tell us about who we are and where we come from. Hear from Suzan Alteri (Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature), Katalin Rac (Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica), Florence Turcotte (Literary Manuscripts), and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt (Latin American and Caribbean Collection).

This is part of the 2016 Spring Humanities Series, Imagining Florida: The Place We Call Home, co-sponsored by Santa Fe College, the Alachua County Library District, the Matheson History Museum, the University of Florida (UF) Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the UF Smathers Libraries.

Please use free on the weekends street-parking or other approved areas on the UF parking map. Please do not park at the lot across University Avenue from Smathers (East) or the Library parking lot. Those lots tow unauthorized cars even on weekends.