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Event Series Celebrates Hillsborough River's Human Connections

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The Hillsborough River: It's an oasis of tranquil nature in a busy urban area, or a popular waterway, bustling with boats and business. But did you know that the remains of a steamer burned by Union troops in 1863 lie in its waters at Lowry Park, or that it boasted a "bat tower" in Temple Terrace that was part of a grand experiment in mosquito eradication?

"The Hillsborough River: Human Connections" is a celebration of the river presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Join other community members from Oct. 20 through Nov. 7, 2012 for a series of events celebrating the river. Whether you're interested in art, literature, history, archeology, or ecology, there are sure to be events you’ll love. Visit the events page on the project's website (or check the Water Atlas events calendar) for a complete list. Everything is free and open to the public!

After the events end, the project's website will remain an ongoing resource full of historical photos, videos, contemporary photography, and other resources. There is even a way for you to submit your own photos, documents, and stories about the river.

The program is partially funded through a major grant from the Florida Humanities Council and is supported by a number of community partners.

The "Hillsborough River: Human Connections" website has historical photos, essays, poetry, old postcards, and videos. Visit it before and after the events to learn more about this great river!

Additional Contact Information

Humanities Institute, College of Arts & Sciences,, University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CPR107
Tampa, FL - 33620

(813) 974-2804