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Polk County History Center


What was once the Polk County Courthouse now serves as the History Center and houses the historical museum and library. The museum serves Polk's community through special events, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs. The museum's collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk and the greater Central Florida area that represent our history from pre-Columbian to present day eras.

100 E. Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830

863-534-4386

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Scheduled Events

Old Polk County Courthouse Architectural Tour

February 20, 2021 11:00 AM

Join us for an architectural tour of the History Center and discover the neoclassical architectural elements that define this iconic Polk County landmark. This month, we focus on the engineering technology used to facilitate construction of the courthouse in 1908.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): Historic Home History Talk/Lecture

Celebrating Black History in Polk County

February 01, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Visit the Polk County History Center and discover the ways in which the history of the Black community continues to enrich Polk County. History Center staff will provide interested guests with a guide to Black History at the History Center and on the Heritage Trail.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour

February 06, 2021 11:00 AM

Join our Curator of Education on a walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the cemetery is awash with the memory of Polk pioneers beneath a canopy of live oak trees. This is a walking tour and includes other stops.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History

Genealogy Speaker Series: "Finding Your Revolutionary War Patriots" by Gayle Londree

March 27, 2021 10:00 AM

This virtual program will provide moethods for finding your Revolutionary War patriot, and how to prove their residence, service, and the necessary evidence to join a lineage society such as the Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History Talk/Lecture Class/Workshop

Celebrating Women's History in Polk County

March 01, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Visit the Polk County History Center and discover the ways in which women have influenced the course of history in Polk County and across our nation. Explore exhibits dedicated toward the power of fashion and the passage of the 19th Amendment enhanced with photos from the National Portrait Gallery.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): Art History Exhibit

Genealogy Speaker Series: "Intermediate African American Research” by Annette Lyttle

February 27, 2021 10:00 AM

This virtual presentation focuses on finding ancestors in Reconstruction-era records and Civil War military records, as well as records that help identify the last slave holder, which is key to being able to research enslaved ancestors. Learn how to assemble evidence from a number of sources.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History Talk/Lecture

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour

March 06, 2021 11:00 AM

Join our Curator of Education on a walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the cemetery is awash with the memory of Polk pioneers beneath a canopy of live oak trees. This is a walking tour and includes other stops.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History Talk/Lecture

Zoom & Vroom: Go West Polk Countian

February 13, 2021 11:00 AM

The newest offering from the Polk County History Center provides YOU with the tools to get out and explore the history that surrounds us. Zoom & Vroom is a virtual program that provides registrants with the tools to create immersive learning experiences for the entire family.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): History Talk/Lecture

Zoom & Vroom: Florida Stories: Using Your Smartphone to Explore Historic Florida

March 13, 2021 11:00 AM

The newest offering from the Polk County History Center provides YOU with the tools to get out and explore the history that surrounds us. Zoom & Vroom is a virtual program that provides registrants with the tools to create immersive learning experiences for the entire family.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): Talk/Lecture Class/Workshop Other

Old Polk County Courthouse Architectural Tour

March 20, 2021 11:00 AM

Join us for an architectural tour of the History Center and discover the neoclassical architectural elements that define this iconic Polk County landmark. This month, we focus on the engineering technology used to facilitate construction of the courthouse in 1908.
Region(s): Central
Category(s): Historic Home History Talk/Lecture


Contacts

Jayme Jamison

863-534-4381

Myrtice Young

8635344385