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I have gotten a little more rest over the weekend so feel some better. Made it through my sister's birthday which was 16 October and tomorrow (23rd) is her wedding anniversary. I didn't post anything yesterday even though I decided to do something every week. We were very busy yesterday. In addition to the Lunch and Learn program over in the 1926 courtroom I had a lot of patrons. Just what I like to see! Squeezing in some time today to get this post done. I am now official I have business cards!!! They have my name on them and everything.


Well last week started out o.k. until my daughter called to tell me my sister had died in tx. on 7 October. It was a whirlwind trip and totally unexpected. I want to thank the volunteers who helped cover for me, Connie, Jeanne and Karen. You are much appreciated. Also thanks to Stephanie and Shelley who helped hold down the fort too. My recovery will take time but with all the help and good thoughts coming my way I will survive, though I will miss her always. Dorinda


Greetings all! I was invited to the reopening of the Frostproof Historical Museum and Library down in Frostproof this past Saturday (4 October). Bea Reifeis is the new director, she and volunteers have worked diligently to upgrade both the building and the collection. I must say the building is a lot brighter than it used to be. There is new paint and a tile floor and all repairs were made as they went along. The exhibits are really informational and well done. If you get the chance go down for a visit. It is at 210 South Scenic Highway, Frostproof. Phone 863-635-7865.


Is anyone as surprised as I am to wake up and find out that it is already going to be October? I can't believe that Christmas is so close. I am back for another week, I know everyone is thrilled. Please hold your applause. Some of our winter visitors are back in town and coming to see us. Still sorting and moving stuff so please ask if you can't find what you are looking for. I work a couple of hours moving books and then take a breather. Some of those older books are heavy. Be sure and check out Polk Today on Fridays.

I'm Baaaaack!

Had a great vacation and want to give a big shout out to Lois and Jeanne for filling in for me as I traveled to the great state of Arizona. I was busy the first of the week taking care of emails and phone requests. Always glad to help so keep those emails and calls coming. I am moving around a few books so if you come in and see an empty shelf or two don't panic. It is slow going and keeps me busy and out of trouble. Come by and see us. Maybe we can find some family members for you.


Hi everyone! I will be going on vacation from 13 to 19 September. The library will be open and the museum people will be available to help you. I am going to Arizona and will be back on the job on 23 September. I am doing a little moving and straightening of our resources. No major changes. When you come in and if you can't find what you are looking for just ask. If you need help with history or newspaper lookups be sure and send an email to me at If it is next week I will get to you as soon as I return. Have a great week and stay dry!


It has been ages since an entry has been made and we have gone through some changes here in the library. In December of 2013 Dorothy Manley, one of our Library assistants had surgery. She was unable to return to work and is now in full medical retirement. She is doing a lot better healthwise, but we miss her. Recently we also lost Gail Seger to retirement on 1 September. She will be missed a lot too. The library carries on and we plan to keep providing the same service the public has become accustomed to.


Our library has moved to the second floor of the Polk County History Center (Old Historic Courthouse). The first floor will become new galleries for the Polk County Historical Museum. Even though our floor space has been seriously consolidated, we intend to still offer the same services as before. When you enter the Museum, just come to the East elevators and go up to the second floor. We will meet you there and be glad to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to seeing you there.

Joe Spann Resigns

With regret, we would like to inform you that our long-time Library Manager, Joe Spann, has resigned his position with us. His efforts on behalf of the Library have accomplished much over the years and the collection has grown extensively under his guidance. He put in countless long hours and greatly advanced the work of recording and researching the history of the Southeastern United States and its families. He will be greatly missed. We wish him much success in his future endeavors and much happiness.

More New Online Resources

Even during this economic downturn the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library continues to bring new online resources for researchers. We are very proud to announce the immediate availability of both the 1884 and 1885 Polk County tax digests at our "Online Resources" page. Just click on the "Online Resources" link to the immediate left of this blog posting. Happy searching!