Lunch and Learn Speaker Series

Polk County History Center

The History Center invites guests to bring lunch and listen to a guest speaker on the third Tuesday every month. Lectures will begin at 12:15 and last 30 – 45 minutes. The 2014 series runs January through November.  2014 Lunch & Learn Speaker Series Date Topic Speaker January 21 Florida Through Transportation Part 2 Dr. Steve Noll […]

Bok Tower Souvenir Showcase

Bok Tower Carillon

Bring your kitschy, quirky, historic and curious souvenirs to show off and see others from local collections and more.

Hope Diamond Expert to Lecture on ‘The History of America in 101 Objects’

LAKELAND – Reducing the Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million objects to a mere 101 to tell the story of America is no easy task. But aided by more than 100 curators, Dr. Richard Kurin did just that in a new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” Kurin, a world-renowned expert on […]

Book Signing

Frostproof book

Frostproof Treasures: The History of Frostproof, Florida to 1910. By Bea Reifeis Join author Bea Reifeis for a lecture on researching for the book at 6pm. Book sales and signing follow until 7:45pm. Come hear the real story of how Frostproof got its name. Proceeds from the book benefit the Ramon Theater.    

Special Presentations for the Gardens Planned

Kenneth Treister at Florida Southern College March 23, Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay at Bok Tower Gardens March 24, The Gooey Stuff that Plants Ooze LAKE WALES, Fla. — The public is invited to attend two very different presentations about Bok Tower Gardens, scheduled to take place March 23 and 24. […]

Co-Author Discusses the book, Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal, and His Connection to Frank Lloyd Wright

Kenneth Treister, co-author of the recently released Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal, will discuss the book and his connection to Frank Lloyd Wright during a brunch in the President’s Dining Room at Lakeland’s Florida Southern College on March 23 at 10 a.m. Treister is an architect, author and artist. He has produced four documentaries and has […]

Family Fun Day: Back to School Ag-Venture

Back to School Ag-Venture In partnership with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Saturday, August 9, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Journey through Polk County’s history – from cattle to citrus – and learn about fun fitness and healthy food ideas. Practice barnyard yoga and try your hand at making refreshing fruit kabobs. Free back-to-school items will be given to […]

Family Fun Day

Polk County History Center

Family Fun Day is a FREE event held at the Polk County History Center on the second Saturday of each month between 10:00am – noon. Children and their families can participate together in a new arts and crafts activity each month while learning about Polk County history. On Saturday, November 8, participants will craft a remembrance posy and learn about the “Polk […]

Picture Polk History Photography Contest

Deadline: All entries must be submitted to the Polk County History Center by May 3, 2014. Share your favorite historic and heritage sites by participating in the Picture Polk History photography contest. Polk County History Center is pleased to announce ‘Picture Polk History’ a photography contest open to amateur photographers only. Cash prizes will be […]

Lunch and Learn- Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters

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

Presented by Rick Kilby. Join Rick Kilby as he explores the legacy of Ponce de Leon’s search for the legendary Fountain of Youth in Florida. Through postcards, vintage advertisements, photos and other ephemera, we find an image of Florida over the years as a rejuvenating paradise. Kilby is a graphic designer and author. His book, “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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