Picture Polk History

Polk County History Center

Picture Polk History was a photography contest sponsored by the History Center to celebrate the launch of the History & Heritage Guide to Polk County brochure. The photographs submitted during the contest show the history and heritage sites on the Polk heritage trail. Explore Polk’s historical sites through these distinctive images of the county’s unique, historic buildings, […]

Old County Courthouse Architectural Tour

Polk County History Center

Explore the courthouse and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture with our new architectural tour. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we will be offering a family version of our new architectural tour as part of Throwback Thursdays […]

Festival of Wreaths

Festival of Wreaths

Celebrate the holidays in Neo-classic style and elegance at the Polk County History Center. The 1908 Courthouse has been the heart of Polk County for more than 100 years and remains a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the community. The courthouse is resplendent this season, with holiday programs and activities all offered free […]

Holidays at the History Center

Festival of Wreaths

Celebrate the holidays in Neo-classic style and elegance at the Polk County History Center. The 1908 Courthouse has been the heart of Polk County for more than 100 years and remains a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the community. The courthouse is resplendent this season, with holiday programs and activities all offered free […]

Book Club: “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image”

The History Center Book Club Meets the first two Tuesdays of each month from 12:15-1pm. January 6 & 13 – “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image” by Joshua Zeitz

Family Fun Day

Polk County History Center

Join the History Center on the second Saturday of each month from 10am-noon for a fun family creative event. January 10 – Create a Thaumatrope (Victorian optical illusion toy)

Book Club: “The Summer of ’68”

Summer of 68

History Center Book Club discusses “The Summer of ’68” by Tim Wendell.

Family Fun Day: Civil War-style Valentines

Polk County History Center

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with free hands-on activities for the whole family.

Lunch and Learn

Polk County History Center

“The Bartow PolKers and Florida State League Baseball” presented by Wes Singletary, author of three books on Florida baseball history.

Family Fun Day

Polk County History Center

Join in the family fun at the History Center on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Every month has a different theme and activity.

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494