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Updated: 12/11/2013 08:00:03AM

The ‘Journey’ begins

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Jeff Leeton and Kathleen Roehm talk with each other at Friday's opening of Journey Stories at the Polk County History Center. They are on the opposite side of a display of items that were aboard a French slave ship from 1823. Journey Stories, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, will be at the history center until Jan. 4. It is the history center's first Smithsonian exhibit. For more photos, see page 12.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Michael Norton, who played Henry Plant at Friday's opening of the Smtihsonian Museum's Journey Stories, enters the exhibit Friday. The display will be at the Polk County History Center until Jan. 4.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Henry Plant, played by Michael Norton, speaks with Casey Fletcher (left) and Tricia Spencer at the opening of Journey Stories at the Polk County History Center.

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Ryan Roehm takes a look at the contry's traveling maps and displays at the opening reception for Journey Stories at the Polk County History Center.

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Lloyd Harris and Henry Plant show a piece of the railroad tracks he found in 1999 in Bartow Friday when construction dug it up. Harris spoke about how he found it during the opening of Journey Stories at the opening reception Friday.

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Steve Steiner looks at a display at Journey Stories Friday when the Smithsonian exhibit opened.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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With what could be the theme of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Polk County Historic Preservation Manager Myrtice Young said at Friday’s opening of Journey Stories, “everybody has a journey … we have pushed and pulled across the United States.”

Journey Stories is a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian that will be on display in the Polk County History Center until Jan. 4. It is on display to show how mobility changed the state and country. It ranges from the 1500s to present day. Excited about the opening that featured an actor as Henry Plant, Young was also excited the Smithsonian chose the History Center to show the display.

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