Our History

In the Beginning

The history organization began in 2000 with the acquisition of the photographs of long time area photographer, Bill Friend, and became the Plant City Photo Archives. The mission became the preservation of the community’s history and heritage through the collection and preservation of the community’s photographs and documents, and developing the stories wrapped around those images.

By 2010 the organization became the Photo Archives and History Center and focused on the preservation of the history and heritage of community’s within the Central West Florida area, with the initial concentration on the greater Plant City area, and added a History Center and library and expanded it’s collections and archives of papers and documents from area clubs and organizations.


The collection of historic photographs contain thousands of photos of individuals, groups, businesses, schools, street scapes, landscapes, aerials, and numerous activities. Selected photos of various categories are printed and exhibited in the 1,000 square foot Exhibit Gallery on the rotating schedule. These images are printed and exhibited in various sizes from 8″x10″ to 3’x4′.

Of the thousand of images in our collections, several hundred are available for viewing on our website. They are in low resolution and not suitable for reproduction.

History Center

The History Center and its library were set up in 2010 and now contain valuable documents and papers from the community. Included in the collection are the papers of Mary Frances Morgan, also known as Panky Glamsch and Panky Snow, the papers of the Plant City Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the papers of D.E. Bailey, and a number of others.
The History Center library is open to the public for reading, reference, and research during regular hours.