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Exhibits

Artifact donation inquiries: Please contact Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Maria Trippe by email at MariaTrippe@polk-county.net or by telephone (863) 534-4071.

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:

The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: a Milestone of Democracy for Women's Suffrage

This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women's constitutional right to vote, and tells the story of women's suffrage on both national and local levels. The exhibit features women who led the charge for women’s voting rights, including national leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, plus some of Florida's suffrage champions, including Dr. Mary Jewett, Mary McLeod Bethune and Marian Horwitz, Florida's first female mayor. Suffragists were often arrested, imprisoned and ostracized, but were undeterred from achieving equal rights.

Together We Win: Polk County’s WWI Contributions 

This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I and honors the 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 more than 42,300 Floridians. Florida's military contingent suffered an estimated 1,171 casualties with 467 dead. In Polk, about 70 of the 1,845 Polk County residents who served in the military during the war, died in the conflict.

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.