Douglas Brinkley: American Moonshot

Douglas Brinkley will speak on his forthcoming book, “American Moonshot” on April 18, 2019 at 7:00pm in Branscomb Auditorium. As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award winning historian and perennial New York Times bestselling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s […]

Florida Lecture Series

JOHN CAPOUYA Professor of Journalism, University of Tampa “Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to K.C. and the Sunshine Band” When recalling the roots of soul music, most people are likely to name Memphis, Detroit, or New Orleans, but Florida also has a rich soul music history that has often gone unrecognized. John Capouya celebrates great […]

Florida Lecture Series

DAVID HEAD Author and Lecturer, University of Central Florida “Privateers of the Americas” In the early 1800s, seafarers living in the United States secured commissions from Spanish-American nations, attacked Spanish vessels, and returned to sell their captured cargoes from bases in Baltimore, New Orleans, Galveston, and on Amelia Island. Privateers sold millions of dollars of […]

Florida Lecture Series

TRACY JEAN REVELS, Professor of History, Wofford College presents “Florida’s Civil War: A Family Story” Though it was the third state to secede, Florida was ignored and unprotected by the Confederacy during the Civil War. The home front was contested, especially in port cities, and many Floridians became refugees. Raids and guerilla activity inflicted misery […]

Holiday History Happy Hour

On December 13th, be one of the first to see the new Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy exhibit. Talk to our curator, enjoy live music, holiday history trivia, complimentary food. Donation cash bar with fine wines and craft beer.

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Take a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at the historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance.

Florida Lecture Series

ANNE ROSEN AND CLAUDIA SLATE present “Reflections from a Civil Rights Journalist: St. Augustine and Beyond” Former New York Times correspondent John Herbers (1923-2017) covered the civil rights movement for more than a decade, witnessing a succession of landmark events that rocked the nation, the world, and his own conscience. Among the many stories Herbers […]

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

Pioneer Days Festival

Join us for the Lake Wales Museum’s signature heritage event – a family-friendly, free community festival with live entertainment, food vendors, heritage & hand crafts, farmers market, petting zoo & animal rides, reenactments, historic architecture tours, Native American dances, antique cars, tractors and more! Pioneer of the Year Celebration is October 27 at 10 AM, […]

Beers with Pioneers

Join us for a cracker-style evening of fun with 25 specialty & craft beers, live music, complimentary tasting glass and drawing prize tickets, vintage photo station, along with domestic favorites, wine, and food from festival vendors available for purchase. Advanced Tickets are $25/person, and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets now on sale […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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