Celebrate the holidays in Neo-classic style and elegance at the Polk County History Center. The 1908 Courthouse has been the heart of Polk County for more than 100 years and remains a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the community. The courthouse is resplendent this season, with holiday programs and activities all offered free of charge.
Looking for fun holiday meal ideas? Join the History Center for November’s installment of our Lunch and Learn series and plan your menu with “Florida’s Holiday Foods.” Authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand and Heather McPherson will share unique recipes from their cookbook, “Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida’s Farmers.”
The History Center is also a perfect spot to take in the sights and sounds of the season and enjoy the Annual Festival of Wreaths. The striking wreaths that fill the halls of the History Center are decorated and donated by local Polk County businesses, individuals and organizations. See a wreath you want to hang on your door for the holidays? Cast a bid in the 2014 silent auction with proceeds benefiting the History Center.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore a new exhibit in the historic 1908 courtroom and take an architectural tour of the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse. Learn more about the Neo-Classical architecture of the building and participate in a family-friendly scavenger hunt to unlock symbols hidden in the courthouse. Photos with Santa will again be offered at the History Center in the Rotunda, Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The Polk County History Center, home to the historical museum and genealogical library, is located at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.polkhistorycenter.org or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. Admission is free.