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May Happenings at the History Center

Published on May 2, 2022

Bartow, Fla (May 2, 2022) -- Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free of charge:

  • May 12, 2:30 p.m., Polk County Historical Commission Meeting and Marker Committee Meeting
    • The Polk County Historical Commission and Marker Committee will meet in the Board Room at the County Administration Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow. Meetings are open to the public.
  • May 17, Noon, Lunch & Learn: Sacred Waters: Exploring the Protection of Florida's Fluid Landscapes by Victoria Machado, Ph.D.
    • What happens when water is viewed as more than a utility bill? Through the art of storytelling, Victoria Machado, Ph.D., will discuss the motivations of environmentalists who draw inspiration from their spirituality. By focusing on issues related to springs and the Everglades, she will dive into conversations that arise when those who pray for water work toward restoring Florida’s waterways.
    • Machado received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Spring 2021. Specializing in both religion and nature and religion in the Americas, her research explores religion and spirituality within Florida’s present day environmental movement. More specifically, she is interested in state and local water issues, environmental justice and the underlying values that promote social change. Machado also holds a certificate in environmental communication and education and is currently teaching nature writing at the University of Florida and religion in America at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
    • This is an in-person program and reservations are not required – arrive early to get a great seat. For more information contact the History Center at (863) 534-4386.
  • May 21, 11 a.m., Architectural Tour
  • Discover neoclassical architectural elements that define this iconic Polk County landmark on the monthly architectural tour. This month, the focus is on the baroque dome which shines above the Bartow city skyline. The architectural tour occurs at 11 a.m., the third Saturday of each month.
  • May 28, 10 a.m., Genealogy Speaker Series:
    • On April 1, the National Archives and Records Administration made population records from the 1950 Census available to the public for the first time. Jim Bowers, treasurer of the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society, demonstrates how to navigate the newly released documents and discover how America has changed since the 1950s.
    • Reservations are required. For Zoom details, contact Preston Petermeier at (863) 534-4604 or

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.