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August Happenings at the History Center

Published on Jul 28, 2021

Bartow, Fla (July 28, 2021) -- Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events will be held virtually and are open to the public and free of charge:

  • Aug. 14, 11 a.m., Zoom & Vroom: Destination Discovery: Exploring Polk's Exceptional Museum Community
    • Program presented live on the Polk County Government Facebook page, @PolkCountyGovFL, and available for replay on the PGTV YouTube page.

Polk County’s cultural institutions provide a means by which we can share our heritage and stimulate curiosity. Featuring children’s exhibits, complex visual and interpretive arts, contemplative gardens and revered histories and artifacts, Polk’s museums have it all.

This program includes both a virtual component and a self-guided driving tour. Contact Jayme Jamison to find out more information, or (863) 534-4381

  • Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Book Signing: Images of America, Alturas and Lake Garfield
    • Join local authors, Sherry Hielscher Maberry, Linda King Smith, Christi Voigt Adkins, Cathy Frankenburger Curtis, W. Patrick Huff and D. Scott Young for the debut of their book, “Images of America, Alturas and Lake Garfield.” The lives of the six authors and their families have been intertwined for more than 100 years as a part of the early settlers of these two neighboring communities. The authors pay tribute to the pioneers of Alturas and Lake Garfield through photographs from their own collections along with contributions from many other area families.

This most recent edition of the book series visually transports the reader to these early 20th century citrus and sawmill agricultural communities.

Books signed by the authors will be available for purchase at a special discounted rate of $15.

  • Aug. 21, 11 a.m., Architectural Tour
  • Join us for an architectural tour of the History Center and discover the neoclassical architectural elements that define this iconic Polk County landmark. This month, we focus on the expansion of the courthouse in 1926.

The architectural tour occurs at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

  • Aug. 28, 10 a.m., Genealogy Speaker Series: Finding Females and that Elusive Maiden Name by Kristin Wengers, Roots & Wings Research
  • Women represent half of our ancestors; yet, their identities and life stories often prove much more difficult to find than those of men. In this engaging and interactive session, learn why women can be challenging to research and walk through a step-by-step plan to uncover more information about the mysterious ladies in your family tree. Full of interesting record examples, photographs and methodology demonstration, this presentation will equip and inspire you to find the stories of your female ancestors.

    This is a virtual program and reservations are required. For Zoom details, contact Preston Petermeier at (863) 534-4604 or

  • Aug. 12, 2:30 p.m. – Polk County Historical Commission and Marker Committee Meeting
    • The Polk County Historical Commission and Marker Committee will meet in the Boardroom at the County Administration Building 330 West Church St., Bartow. Meetings are open to the public.

The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visit or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.