The guided tour at the Polk County Historical Museum complements the 4th grade social studies curriculum, but is easily adaptable to other grade levels. The tour lasts approximately one hour and is designed to serve no more than two classes at one time. The program consists of the following:
- Short Lecture
- Video Presentation
- Student Oriented Activity (students extract & present information to each other)
The Polk County Historical Museum offers this educational service free of charge. Download the School Program Brochure for more detailed information.
Classroom Resources / Supplemental Activities
The following is a list of resources or ideas to use as additional educational tools:
- Ask students to write a letter to a pioneer child and share how life has changed.
- Make a list of objects that are part of the child's life today and explain how those items might go into the museum in 100 years.
- Color the 1909 Courthouse
Polk Heritage Classroom
The Heritage Classroom DVD project allows students to become better aware of their
surroundings within the context of their studies at school. Students ask the questions,
and informed citizens of Polk, engaged in preserving our past, provide the answers.
The DVD consists of three episodes between 12 to 15 minutes each. Episodes include The
Seminole People, Polk Cattle Industry, and Polk County Railroads.
Teachers Guide Polk Heritage Classroom Teacher's Guide
Links to Heritage Classroom Episodes
Episode 1 The Seminoles
Episode 2 Polk’s Cattle Industry
Episode 3 Polk County Railroads
How to Plan a Visit
Reservations are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. Programs are available Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please download, fill out, and mail or fax the Group Study Application.
Fill out the Group Study Application.
Indicate on the application your choice for weekday, date and time you would like to visit.
Please also include an additional date and time in case your initial date has already been reserved.
Mail or Fax the application to:
Polk County Historical Museum
100 East Main Street
Bartow, Florida 33830
Fax: (863) 534-4387