Book Club: “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image”

The History Center Book Club Meets the first two Tuesdays of each month from 12:15-1pm. January 6 & 13 – “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image” by Joshua Zeitz

Family Fun Day

Polk County History Center

Join the History Center on the second Saturday of each month from 10am-noon for a fun family creative event. January 10 – Create a Thaumatrope (Victorian optical illusion toy)

Book Club: “The Summer of ’68”

Summer of 68

History Center Book Club discusses “The Summer of ’68” by Tim Wendell.

Family Fun Day: Civil War-style Valentines

Polk County History Center

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with free hands-on activities for the whole family.

Lunch and Learn

Polk County History Center

“The Bartow PolKers and Florida State League Baseball” presented by Wes Singletary, author of three books on Florida baseball history.

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.

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!

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

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 […]

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 […]

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