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:

Together We Win: Polk County’s WWI Contributions 

An exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I by honoring men and women of Polk County who served in The Great War, which the United States officially entered April 6, 1917. More than two million Americans served, including over 42,300 Floridians. Floridia's military contingent suffered an estimated 1,171 casualties with 467 dead. In Polk, an estimated 1,845 Polk County residents served in the military during the war, and about seventy of these individuals lost their lives.

Victory Florida: Honoring Polk County’s WWII Contributions

The anniversary of V-Day, or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945 is 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.

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

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.

Artifact donation inquiries: Please contact Maria Trippe, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions via email mariatrippe@polk-county.net or by telephone 863-534-4071.

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