Architectural Tour of the 1908 Courthouse

Polk County History Center

Take a family-friendly 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.

Lunch and Learn

Polk County History Center

Join Polk County History Center on the third Tuesday of each month, January through November, for a fun Florida-themed lecture covering a wide variety or topics. Lunch & Learn is a free program and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

The Gardens History

Bok Tower Gardens history on exhibit in the Visitor’s Center through October 20.

Learn the Secrets of Antique Heart Cypress

Part of the Lunch & Learn series. Takes place in the Alexander Discovery Center. Learn more and RSVP for the class on the Bok Tower Gardens website.

Susan MacManus: “Florida 2016!”

On the eve of the 2016 election, well-known political observer, and Distinguished Professor of Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida, Susan MacManus addresses questions about Florida’s role in what has already proven to be an unconventional and lively political process. Florida Lecture Series. This one is in Branscomb Auditorium, unlike most which are in the […]

Sha Na Na

Rock & Roll doo-wop legends, SHA NA NA combined their love for the classics of rock & roll with a dynamic theatrical approach as fellow college students at Columbia University in New York in 1969. They appeared just before Jimi Hendrix forty-five years ago at The Woodstock Festival in their eighth professional gig (of course […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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