Archives Awareness Week
Through July 16. Locations throughout Tampa. Most events free, but some have a fee; please click here for a full schedule of history-type things. 813-274-8211.
If you’ve never understood the point of saving all that dusty shit about history —after all, why do we need paper when we have the interwebs? — Archives Awareness Week might change your mind. Don’t think of it as going through bunch of musty-ass books, because it’s not. Take in Radicals and Revolutionaries: Politics in Early Ybor at New World Brewery (Thursday), where you can listen to live music and get hot and bothered over shit that happened a long time ago (which is easier to do than you think, especially when you’re drinking beer). Go the USF Special Collections for There and Back: From Florida to the Faraway and Fantastic (Thursday) with some of their, ahem, more unusual old stuff. Food and booze historian Andy Huse will be a big part of this, proving history is more than names and dates — it’s beer and pork. Hit up the Tampa Bay History Center to celebrate for Tampa’s 129th birthday party (Friday), complete with cake and seersuckered historians telling stories while you eat cake. End the week with the Ybor City Walking Tour, starting at New World Brewery (and the past) and ending at Tre Amici.