study and preservation of history provides a gateway into the human experience
that is not only a remembrance from where we have come, but it functions as a
guide to navigating the years ahead. The Polk County History Center preserves
the past but it is dedicated to enriching the county’s future through tours,
programs, activities, lectures and community outreach.
To schedule a group tour call the Polk County History Center during our regular
business hours Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are available Tuesday through
Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and last about 1 ½ hours. You may also
contact the Curator of Education and Programs for
questions and further assistance on specialized tours and activities.
school tours strive to inspire students to explore the challenges of the past
as they face the challenges of the future. Tours are designed to meet the
Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies with an emphasis on elementary and
middle school aged learners. For supplemental classroom materials, we recommend
the Polk Heritage Classroom curriculum.
Journeys in Justice
Journeys in Justice is a program that uses the resources of the Polk County History Center to reach out to 7th
grade students currently taking civics through curriculum-focused school activities and to the community as a whole through museum programs featuring speakers relevant to legal cases and personalities in which Polk County has played a role.
Polk Heritage Classroom
Polk Heritage Classroom is based education curriculum on Polk County and includes three video episodes, which include:
Episode 1 - The Seminoles
Episode 2 - Polk’s Cattle Industry
Episode 3 - Polk County Railroads