History Book Club

4th Wednesday of each month, except December, at Noon (12 pm). Dedicated to non-fiction, you’ll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books. The books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last. FREE program.

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 […]

Infamy: December 7, 1941

The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The Museum is closed on: Sundays & Mondays The 4th of July Thanksgiving Day The Day After Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

African American Heritage Celebration

February 8 from 1-4pm. This annual celebration of African American Heritage features top entertainers and artists from Central Florida’s African American community. General admission $9, and members are free.

Spirited: Prohibition in America

The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The Museum is closed on: Sundays & Mondays The 4th of July Thanksgiving Day The Day After Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Out of the Archives Lecture Series

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Bring your lunch.

In with the old and out with the news

There are still a couple slots left for this Saturday’s (Nov 9) Informal Antiques Appraisal event with longtime antiques expert Eric Wilke. Call NOW or come in to register. Tickets $15/member; $20/nonmember, entitles you to bring up to 3 items for Erik’s informal value appraisal. (Pre-1930s if possible.) This event is to benefit Florida Wildflower Studios […]

Voices of Lake Wales

The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The Museum is closed on: Sundays & Mondays The 4th of July Thanksgiving Day The Day After Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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.

Pioneer Days Festival

The Lake Wales History Museum hosts the 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day in Lake Wailes Park. This event is a heritage celebration for the whole family with free admission and free parking on both days.  During the Pioneer of Year […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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