Plant City museum will host Smithsonian exhibit

The Plant City Photo Archives & History Center will host a Smithsonian exhibition later this year.

The traveling exhibit, “Journey Stories,” chronicles America’s history from colonial immigration to westward expansion and the abolition of slavery. Museum visitors will learn what it took for American ancestors to pack up, say goodbye to loved ones and reinvent themselves in a new setting. Through photos, audio stories, artifacts and firsthand accounts from travelers, “Journey Stories” documents true American tales.

Plant City will be the first of six Florida communities to welcome “Journey Stories” in 2012. The free exhibit will go on display May 26 and remain through July 7 at the museum, 106 S Evers St. Tour groups and field trips are welcome to attend.

Also, members of the community are invited to share their own journey stories by prerecording them, submitting them in written form or contacting a Photo Archives staff member for an oral interview.

For more information about the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center, call (813) 754-1578 or email Visit

Sarah Whitman, Times staff writer

Source: Tampa Bay Times