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Archaeology the subject of March 17 Lunch and Learn

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.

Family Fun Day - March 14

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 Book Club at the History Center - March 3 & 10

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.

Research Projects? Visit the History Center Library

Researching a history project for school or tracking down genealogy info on your family? Simply want to know more about the unique history of Polk County? Stop by the History Center’s Historical & Genealogical Library – we have the keys to help you get started on your research endeavors! We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am. until 5pm.

Baseball is the topic of Book Club at the History Center February 3 and 10

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.

Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery February 7

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

Promoting Preservation Workshop January 31 at the History Center

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

Polk County History Center Book Club - January 6th and 13th

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.

Historic Preservation Celebration Month

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.