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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:

Voices & Votes: Democracy in America

The Smithsonian Institution is Coming to the History Center  -  Again!

The Polk County History Center will host the traveling exhibit “Voices & Votes: Democracy in America,” as part of a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Humanities.

Our democracy demands action, reaction, vision, and revision as we continue to question how to form, “...a more perfect union.” How do you participate as a citizen?

From the revolution and suffrage to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story—the story of our American democracy. The exhibition explores historic events and poses thought provoking questions for today’s citizens.

The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 23 through Dec. 4.

The "Voices & Votes: Democracy in America” exhibit and related programming are brought to you by Florida Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution. We would also like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. Local support has been provided by PalletOne Inc.

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.

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.