For May's Lunch and Learn we are honored to welcome Dr. Gary Mormino as he presents “A New Florida: Dream or Sunset.” Explore some of the changes over time of Florida and the influences of tourism on the Sunshine State. Dr. Gary Mormino is a distinguished author and historian, co-founder of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, and the Frank E. Duckwall Florida professor of history emeritus. Presentation is FREE, bring your lunch and join us!
Lunch and Learn - May 19th 12:15pm - 1:00pm, Polk County History Center in Bartow
Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have several new books in the library for your use. We acquired four volumes of the Toe River Valley Heritage, these include Avery, Mitchell and Yancy counties North Carolina. We received volumes 1, 3, 7 & 11. We also have Rockcastle County, Kentucky Revolutionary War Veterans, Guardian Bonds, Marriage Records and Vital Statistics. Another new volume we received is the Evolution of African-Americans in Lakeland.
Want to learn more about the historic architecture of the Old Polk County Courthouse? The History Center offers a family friendly architectural tour of the History Center the third Saturday of each month. Join us and learn about the construction of the historic courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Afterward, visit the History Center's Historical & Genealogical Library where we have a variety of resources to help you research the background and architectural style of your own historic home or property. The tour is free and open to the public.
The Polk County History Center serves as the hub of the Polk County Heritage Trail. From our outstanding library resources to fascinating museum exhibits, we are the perfect place to start your research and learn more about local history. The History Center also connects visitors to area organizations, historical societies, research venues, and historic sites to highlight the valuable resources in local communities across the county. Stop by the History Center and start your journey on the Heritage Trail!
Author Bob Grenier discusses his latest book, “Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans.” Grenier’s talk explores the experiences of veterans and their families who settled in Florida during the Reconstruction period. Mr. Grenier is Curator of the Lake County Historical Museum and vice mayor of Tavares. Research materials at the History Center are featured in the book. The event is free and open to the public - grab your lunch and join us!
April 21, 12:15 to 1 p.m. - History Center, Bartow
A new interactive kiosk featuring water themes is now in place in the Community Gallery. The kiosk is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and in conjunction with a new upcoming Smithsonian exhibit about the human experience with water. The History Center produced content highlighting Polk’s special connection to water, recounting the stories of Kissengen Spring and Cypress Gardens. Once finished with a tour through the exhibits, stop by the Historical & Genealogical Library located on the second floor of the History Center and learn more about Polk County's unique waterways and sites.
It's time for Book Club again and this month's installment focuses on the years following the Civil War. We will be reading "Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans" by Bob Grenier. As we near the sesquicentennial of the conclusion of the Civil War, we will explore the experiences of local veterans and their families who settled in Florida during the Reconstruction period.
Book Club is free and open to the public - join us for good books and conversation!
April 7 and 14, 12:15 to 1 p.m. - Polk County History Center, Bartow
March is Florida Archaeology Month and to celebrate, Jeff Moates, director of the West Central Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will present research featuring our state’s rich archaeological resources. The event will take place in the 1926 courtroom (second floor) and is free and open to the public. Grab your lunch and learn more about Florida's heritage!
March 17, 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and Learn: “Innovators of the Archaic”
The Lunch and Learn lecture series is held the third Tuesday of every month, January through November.
Looking for a fun family spring outing? Wear green to the History Center’s March Family Fun Day as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things green. Try out your green thumb and plant a seed in a pot you design or create your own unique lucky charm bracelet. The event is free and open to the public.
Family Fun Day activities take place the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am - noon at the History Center.
March is right around the corner and it's time for Book Club at the History Center. On March 3 and March 10 we will be reading ‘A Separate Country’ by Robert Hicks, based on the incredible life of Confederate War general John Bell Hood. Join us for good fun and great lunchtime conversation!
The book club meets at the History Center the first two Tuesdays every month from 12:15pm - 1:00pm. Free and open to the public.