In February, we will slide into the history of baseball in “The Summer of 68” by Tim Wendell. In 1968, amid the challenges of national tragedy and social unrest, baseball greats like Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, and Al Kaline propelled the Detroit Tigers to the World Series.
The book club meets at the Polk County History Center the first two Tuesdays every month – 12:15pm to 1:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Attention history and genealogy fans - mark your calendars for the first weekend in February. The Polk County History Center will host a walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow. Many pioneer families are buried in this cemetery, including Civil War veterans Jacob Summerlin and Gen. Evander M. Law. The tour begins at the History Center at 11:00 a.m. and is offered the first Saturday of every month, January – April 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
February 7 , 11 a.m. – Cemetery Tour
Join us at the Polk County History Center on January 31 for the third and final workshop in our preservation series.The final workshop will include information about the National Register nomination process, a presentation about heritage tourism in Polk County and tips for marketing historic sites. We will wrap up the workshop with a special tour of the Old Polk County Courthouse by restoration architect Tom Hammer.
Promoting Preservation: National Register of Historic Places, Historic Districts, and Heritage Tourism Marketing
Bring your lunch and join the History Center for Book Club. In January, we will be reading “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image” by Joshua Zeitz. The book draws on letters, diaries and memoirs to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the eyes of his two aides. Hay and Nicolay accompanied and advised Lincoln through the historic events surrounding the Civil War. Their biography of Lincoln created a lasting narrative and preserved a very intentional image of the president which lingers today.
January is Preservation Celebration month at the Polk County History Center. Interested in researching and preserving your historic home? In January, the Polk County History Center is hosting Preserving Polk Pride, a series of 3 preservation workshops offered free to the general public. The workshops will equip researchers with the necessary resources to start their journey to uncovering the past, making important connections between county and state agencies to promote historic preservation.
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.
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.
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!
We are proud to announce the addition of the 1882 Polk County Tax Roll to the list of resources available here on the website. This is the earliest available tax roll which gives detailed information about the exact location of land in the county. The database is searchable several ways. To access this resource, just click on the "Online Resources" link to the left of this blog entry.
Have you ever wondered about who your ancestors were? Did you have a family member who fought in the American Revolution? Where did your family originate? You may answer all these questions and more at the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library in Bartow. Don’t know how to get started? No problem! Did you say that your family isn’t from Polk County? That doesn’t matter! The staff of the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library will be teaching a “Beginning Genealogy Class” on Saturday, November 14th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the library at 100 East Main Street, Bartow.