Upcoming Events

Voices of the Past

In collaboration with Watershed Public Theatre, the Polk Home will offer special evening tours featuring costumed interpreters portraying widowed First Lady Sarah Polk and other Polk family members.


"Polk's America" Program Series

Dr. James Senefeld will present the free public program "The Unusual Career of Emperor Norton I of California" at 7 p.m.at St. Peter's Episcopal Church adjacent to the Polk Sisters' House in downtown Columbia.


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, August 27 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in downtown Columbia.  Dr. Gregory Zieren will present "Paying for War: How to Win (or Lose) a War in 10 Easy Steps."  He will discuss how James K. Polk's successful management of the U.S.-Mexican War in the 1840s created a "short war delusion"  that affected the financing of the Civil War in the 1860s.

Dr. Zieren is a professor of history at Austin Peay State Univesity.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from the University of London, and a doctorate from the University of Delaware.  U.S. economic history is one of his primary areas of interest and research.

Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, our "Polk's America" lectures are free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.


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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