Exhibits

Throughout the year, the History Center hosts rotating exhibits and educational programs that feature a variety of subjects specific to Polk County. Temporary exhibits currently on display include:

Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating the Dixie Highway at 100 Years

The Dixie Highway’s initial route officially opened in 1915 and transformed the cultural landscape of Florida. In honor of this ambitious construction project, Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating the Dixie Highway at 100 Years is a temporary exhibit exploring early highways, the people who travelled them and a new era of development in the state’s history. The exhibit will be on display through September 2016.

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters

This traveling exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped Florida’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters. The exhibit’s amusing vintage ads, colorful marketing pieces and archival photographs provide a cultural and historical context for Florida’s current struggles to protect its waters. The exhibit will be on display through September 2016.

Victory Florida: Honoring Polk County’s WWII Contributions

The 70th anniversary of V-Day, or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945 was Aug. 15. The Florida Department of State is commemorating this important anniversary with the Victory Florida campaign, which honors and celebrates the heroes and heroines of World War II while educating Floridians about the important role our state played on the battlefield and home front. The History Center developed an exhibition entitled, Victory Florida: Honoring Polk County’s WWII Contributions, to collaborate with the state’s Victory Florida theme. The exhibit tells the story of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things for their country during World War II. Victory Florida: Honoring Polk County’s WWII Contributions will be on display through September 2016.

Very Much A Lady: Lifestyle and Fashion of the Proper Woman, 1900 to 1920

Return to a more elegant and stylish era with this temporary exhibit featuring unique and vintage couture fashion and accessories. The exhibit is curated from the private collection of Polk resident Joanna Godwin. Personalized tours of the exhibit, led by Ms. Godwin, will occur every Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through December.

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