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 […]





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 […]





Book Club: “Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans” by Bob Grenier

Central Florida's Civil War Veterans by Bob Grenier

The History Center’s Book Club meets on the first two Tuesdays of the month from 12:15-1pm. The April 7 and 14 meetings feature the book “Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans by Bob Grenier.





Rebels and Runaways – Slave Resistance in the 19th Century

A Florida Lecture Series program presented by Larry Rivers, Professor of History, Valdosta State University. Using a variety of sources such as slaveholders’ wills, account books, court records, oral histories, and newspaper accounts, Larry Rivers explores the historical signifi cance of Florida as a runaway slave haven dating back to the 17th century and explains Florida’s […]





Lunch & Learn: Florida Archaeology

Polk County History Center

March is Florida Archaeology Month and to celebrate, Jeff Moates, director of the West Central Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will present research featuring Florida’s rich archaeological resources. Archaeology provides insight into the lives of Florida’s early inhabitants. In March, we will explore some of the creative innovations that occurred during the […]





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.





Davenport Highwaymen Art Show

Davenport Art Show featuring original Highwaymen art. 10am-4pm. FREE. Davenport Community Center. For information, call City Hall at 863-419-3300 or email aarrington@mydavenport.org.





History Center Book Club

Polk County History Center

History Center Book Club. “A Separate Country” by Robert Hicks. First two Tuesdays of the month. Free!





Polk Arts Alliance

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