Upcoming Events

The Gardens of Columbia

The President James K. Polk Home will host a self-guided walking tour of gardens at private homes and historic houses in the surrounding neighborhood from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 7 and 8.

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The Gardens of Columbia

The President James K. Polk Home will host a self-guided walking tour of gardens at private homes and historic houses in the surrounding neighborhood from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 7 and 8.

Details

Upcoming Exhibits

For more information on upcoming events or exhibits, please call (931) 388-2354.

The next "Polk's America" program will be held on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Polk Presidential Hall.  Dr. Amy S. Greenberg will discuss her new book LADY FIRST: THE WORLD OF FIRST LADY SARAH POLK, and will sign copies afterward.

In 1848, the same year as the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, Sarah Polk was the most powerful woman in America.  She wielded influence unprecedented for a woman—she helped coordinate the Democratic Party’s political agenda and managed her husband’s political campaigns—while remaining incredibly popular. Yet, while history remembers the women of the convention, it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk.  Dr. Greenberg's book describes how Mrs. Polk exercised truly extraordinary power as First Lady: quietly manipulating elected officials, shaping foreign policy, and directing a campaign in support of America’s expansionist war against Mexico.

Dr. Greenburg is the George Winfree Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society, among others. Her previous books include A WICKED WAR: POLK, CLAY, LINCOLN, AND THE 1846 U.S. INVASION OF MEXICO and MANIFEST MANHOOD AND THE ANTEBELLUM AMERICAN EMPIRE.

Scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, "Polk's America" is free and open to the public.  Although the lectures are usually held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the February program will be held in Polk Presidential Hall at 810 S. High Street in downtown Columbia.  A small exhibit of Sarah Polk's belongings will be displayed in the Hall.

 

Location

The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia, TN.

Free parking is available in the lot across 7th Street or along High Street on the east side of the main house.

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