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:

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 2017.

Very Much A Lady: Lifestyle and Fashion of the Proper Woman, 1900s-1930s

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 2017.

Through the Lens: Polk County’s Natural Beauty

Through the Lens features local photographers, both enthusiast and professional, capturing unique photos of Polk County nature and wildlife. Polk County has a remarkable natural beauty that can't be found anywhere else in the state. From its vivid wildlife in places like the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, to its delicate ecosystems on the Lake Wales Ridge, Polk's natural resources are an attraction to many.

Exhibitors include Willie A. Brown, Professional Photography by Brown, Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff Spence, Director, Parks and Natural Resources and his wife Lynette Spence, a Clinical Trauma Registrar with Lakeland Regional Health Systems.

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