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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.
  • 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 orPrestonPetermeier@polk-county.net

The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visitwww.polkhistorycenter.org or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.

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