Architectural Tour of the 1908 Courthouse

Polk County History Center

Take a guided tour of the courthouse and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989.

Lunch and Learn: “The Way We Worked”

Polk County History Center

Chelsea Young explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments during the past 150 years. The presentation is an overview of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit which will be on display from Oct. through Dec. 2015 at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bartow Art Guild Meeting

The Bartow Art Guild meets at the Bartow Civic Center, unless otherwise specified. The Guild meets on the second Monday of each month from September through April. The social time at 7 pm is followed by a short business meeting and featured art program at 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome. January 11 – Mixed Media […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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