Voices and Votes: Democracy in America Opening Reception

Join us in celebrating the grand experiment that is democracy in America this election year with the opening of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute. In collaboration with the Lakeland chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the exhibit opening features refreshments and living history reenactments by […]

Book Banter

5:30-6:30pm on the following dates: Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28, Jun 25, Jul 23, Aug  27, Sep 24, Oct 15. Love to babble about books? Feel the need to chatter about chapters? Here at the Polk County History Center we have the solution: Join our monthly book club! Each month […]

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour

On the first Saturday of each month from November through April, join Polk County History Center for a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow. Learn about the pioneer families and war veterans interred at the cemetery.  The cemetery ground is uneven and visitors are advised to wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the History Center […]

Democratic Dialogues

The series takes place on the third Tuesday every month from 12 to 1pm. Democratic Dialogues is a monthly speaker series that seeks to highlight subjects from US democracy and to help encourage community discussion and create an engaged voter base in Polk County. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch! Please Contact Abigail […]

Bartow Adult Concert Band Concert

Bartow Adult Concert Band

Jan 19, 2:30pm on the John R. DeYoung Performing Arts Stage at the Bartow Civic Center.

19th Amendment Centennial Celebration

Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at the Polk County History Center on January 9 & 10 at 6pm and January 11 at 2pm. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has its 100th anniversary in 2020. This landmark amendment guaranteed a woman’s right to vote. In collaboration with the League of Women […]

Festival of Wreaths

The colorful and unique wreaths fill the halls of the History Center through Dec. 13. The wreaths, decorated and donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations, are available for purchase through an online silent auction with proceeds benefiting History Center programming. Bids are accepted online until 5pm, Dec 12 at www.polkhistorycenter.org.

Out of the Archives Lecture Series

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Bring your lunch.

Festival of Wreaths Opening Night

Visit the Polk County History Center on Thursday, November 7 at 5pm to see the wreaths decorated for the History Center’s annual fundraiser. Make a silent auction bid on your favorite wreath.

Genealogy Workshop

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Learn how to utilize the Historical and Genealogical Library Special Collections at 10am on Saturday, October 26.

Polk Arts Alliance

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