Festival of Wreaths Opening Night

The Festival of Wreaths Opening Night coincides with Bartow’s Lights on Main celebration. The halls of the History Center will be decked out with more than fifty colorful wreaths in celebration of the Festival of Wreaths. An appearance in the rotunda from Santa and Mrs. Claus is scheduled between 7 and 9 p.m. The couple will be […]

Festival of Wreaths

For the fifth consecutive year, the halls of the History Center will be decked out with more than fifty colorful wreaths in celebration of the Festival of Wreaths. During this holiday celebration, organizations and individuals from the local community decorate and donate the wreaths, which will be on display from Nov. 20 through Dec. 12 […]

Cornucopia Art Show

A Bartow Art Guild Members Only Exhibition at the Bartow Public Library. On exhibit October 20 through December 3, 2015. Every year, in October/November, the Bartow Art Guild hosts a members only exhibit. Each member may enter one or two pieces in any medium. All pieces are accepted into the show. The pieces are judged […]

Very Much A Lady: Lifestyle and Fashion of the Proper Woman, 1900 to 1920

On exhibit from September 10 through December 31, 2015. Hours are 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday, except on major holidays. Return to a more elegant and stylish era with a new temporary exhibit featuring unique and vintage couture fashion and accessories. The exhibit, “Very Much a Lady: Lifestyle and Fashion of the Proper Woman, 1900-1920,” is curated from […]

Pop-Up Art Tour Launches August 21st

Main Street Bartow, Inc. is putting a new spin on economic development with an innovative approach to creating attention to some of their unoccupied buildings and spaces in their Main Street District. They will be joining the current trending craze of Pop-Up Art Galleries with a slight twist. Instead of staging the art in one […]

Call to Artists or Wanna Be Artists

Call to Artists or Wannabe Artists Submissions through 6/30/15 Let technology help you become an instant artist with your phone editing apps. Just use what is loaded on your phone or download free apps from Apple or Droid platforms and the fun begins. We are looking for your AppArt created via photos that YOU have taken then edited on […]

Victory Florida: Honoring Polk County’s WWII Contributions

Exhibition dates are June 2015 – September 2016. Hours are 9am-5pm. August 15, 2015 is the 70 year anniversary of V-Day, or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945. The Florida Department of State is drawing attention to this important anniversary during 2015 with the campaign “Victory Florida,” which honors and […]

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida's Magical Waters by Rick Kilby.

June 2015 – September 2016. Hours: Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm. The Polk County History Center also is proud to host a traveling exhibit by graphic designer Rick Kilby, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters. This exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s […]

Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating Dixie Hwy at 100 Years

June 2015 – September 2016. Hours: Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm The Dixie Highway’s initial route officially opened in 1915 and transformed the cultural landscape of Florida. In honor of this ambitious construction project, Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating the Dixie Highway at 100 Years is a temporary exhibit exploring early highways, the people who traveled them […]

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 […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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