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Exhibits

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.