By Jordan Randall

An exciting new space to learn about Lakeland’s history is coming to the Lakeland Public Library. The Lakeland History and Culture Center, a brand new 1,400 square foot space within the library, will open its doors in the fall of 2022.

The space will serve as a research space that shares comprehensive stories of Lakeland’s important history, inclusive of those who have contributed and continue to contribute to the city’s culturally diverse history. The center will spotlight many features, including a brand new exhibit gallery, the Lakeland history room, a DIY digital space, programming for the Lakeland History and Culture Center, and the Lakeland archives. 

The gallery will guide visitors through artifacts, narratives, interactive touch screens and more to learn more about Lakeland’s story. The inaugural exhibit, opening in the fall of 2022, will be an overview of the Plant Railroad System being built across central Florida. The exhibits in the gallery will rotate and share various parts of Lakeland’s story. That includes sharing information about various events, industries, and different members of the community who have contributed to Lakeland’s development and success.

Visitors can visit the center in the fall and talk to staff members to receive help finding information about Lakeland’s history, including local yearbooks, property plans, artifacts, maps, photographs, genealogical materials, and more.