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September Happenings at the History Center

Published on Sep 1, 2020

Bartow, Fla (Sept. 1, 2020) -- Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are to be held virtually and are open to the public and free of charge:

  • Sept. 5 - History Center closed for Labor Day.
    • The History Center will re-open at 9 a.m. Sept. 8.
  • Sept. 15, 12:15 p.m., Democratic Dialogue Speaker Series - “Mindful Media: Becoming an Educated Media Consumer”
    • In this virtual presentation by Jodi Pushkin, manager of Newspaper in Education at the Tampa Bay Times, learn about biases in media and how to become a mindful consumer. This presentation will be provided via Zoom.
    • Pushkin has worked in Newspaper in Education since 2000 developing curriculum, fundraising, conducting workshops and encouraging teachers to use the newspaper to enhance the educational experience of their students. Contact Lois Sherrouse-Murphy at (863) 534-4386 or, for details on how you can participate in this presentation.
  • Sept. 26, 10 a.m., Genealogy Speaker Series – Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of Court & Comptroller Presents “Researching Your History Utilizing County Records”
    • Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield introduces researchers to information available in county records, including property and court records, and provides a live demonstration of the online tools available to help with searches
    • Stacy Butterfield was elected Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller in August 2012 and is now serving her third term. She is the first woman elected to serve as clerk in Polk County. Butterfield is a certified public accountant and experienced public servant with nearly 35 years in the Polk County Clerk’s office. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Southern College.
    • Reservations are required. For Zoom details, contact Preston Petermeier at (863) 534-4604, or

  • Updated Temporary Exhibits
    • The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: A Milestone of Democracy for Women’s Suffrage exhibit and the popular Very Much A Lady: Lifestyle and Fashion of the Proper Woman, 1900-1920 exhibit have new components. They are now enhanced with the addition of a dynamic new poster display, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name. Votes for Women was one of the most popular and recognizable slogans used by the woman’s suffrage movement. The poster display will address women's political activism, explore the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and document the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The display is provided by The Smithsonian Institution in partnership with Florida Humanities.
  • Please note that some exhibits at the History Center with interactive components are temporarily unavailable due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.