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. […]





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.    





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 […]





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.





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 […]





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 […]





Family Fun Day

Polk County History Center

Family Fun Day is a free event 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.





January Happenings at the History Center

 Journey through Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. Family FunDay is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. Families celebrate Polk County’s citrus heritage with a citrus-themed craft. The History Center is also hosting a special Family FunDay at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in celebration of the dedication of […]





Through April 2015: Defending the Boundries of Wilderness

Civil War Defending the Boundries of Wilderness

The Polk County History Center presents two Civil War Exhibits open September 27, 2013 through April 2015 to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the American Civil War. “Defending the Boundaries of Wilderness,” examines how men from Polk County fought on both sides of the Civil War. Uncover the histories of the Cow Cavalry, the […]





Through April 2015: Living on the Edge of Wilderness

1882 View of 100 N Broadway Bartow

The Polk County History Center presents two Civil War Exhibits open September 27, 2013 through April 2015 to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the American Civil War. “Living on the Edge of Wilderness,” focuses on the lives of women and families on the home front of Polk County during the Civil War. Complementing the […]





Polk Arts Alliance

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