Polk County History Center Postpones Opening of Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Bartow, Fla (Jan. 11, 2019) – The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, has been rescheduled to open Feb. 7 at the Polk County History Center.

The opening ceremony for the exhibit also will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7. The evening celebration will showcase the temporary national exhibit and feature the permanent display devoted to Polk County’s transportation history and land use. A Henry B. Plant reenactor will discuss his revolutionary idea to place railroad lines through Polk in the 1880’s, which eventually led to tremendous growth in Central Florida.

This exhibit is part of a partnership with The Smithsonian Institution and the Florida Humanities Council. In addition to a national focus on what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population, the exhibit will serve as a launching point for storytelling and local pride. It also will feature several display panels adorned with maps and images depicting Polk’s transportation history and land use. The exhibit will be on display through March 15, 2019.

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.

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