Growing up Jewish in Polk County

Polk County History Center

New exhibit on display May 11-August 9, 2016. History Center hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.





Bob H. Lee (Writer): “Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden”

March 3. 7pm. FREE. Florida Lecture Series, Hollis Room (Thad Buckner Building), Florida Southern College, Lakeland.





Nathaniel Millett: “The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World.”

February 18, 7 pm on the Florida Lecture Series: “The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World” by Nathaniel Millett, associate professor of history at Saint Louis University. The lecture is free and open to the public. From the Back Cover “A lively story that not only details the fort’s rise […]





Florida Lecture Series: J. Michael Francis

January 14 at 7 pm. J. Michael Francis (Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies and Professor of History, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg) presents “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607.”   Now in its 18th year, the Florida Lecture Series is a forum that brings speakers to the FSC campus who […]





Sandra Parks (Educator & Writer): “Stetson Kennedy: Folklorist, Journalist Activist

Thursday, November 5th on the Florida Lecture Series.





Art-i-facts Magazine: Holiday 2015

Click the image below to flip through Holiday 2015 issue of Art-i-facts in full screen. The Holiday 2015 (Nov-Dec) issue of Art-i-facts Magazine should be delivered around Oct 29-30 to east side of Polk County. The magazine will be delivered on November 2-3 to the east side of Polk County, including Polk Museum of Art, The Lakeland Center, […]





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.





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.





Art-i-facts Magazine: Fall 2015 (Sept-Oct)

The print edition of the Fall 2015 (September-October) issue of Art-i-facts Magazine is available at Polk Museum of Art, The Lakeland Center, Theatre Winter Haven, Polk County History Center, Outpost 27, Chambers of Commerce in Lakeland, Lake Wales, Bartow, Winter Haven and Frostproof. Delivery continues to the public libraries in Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland (Lake Morton) and Lake […]





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 […]





Polk Arts Alliance

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