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 […]

An evening with Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards will discuss the evolution of voting rights with a special focus on women’s suffrage. Additionally, Edwards will highlight changing trends among Polk County’s voters and a few important reminders about our upcoming Presidential Election. *Registration opens August 24 at  http://whplprograms.eventbrite.com

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 […]

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

Saving Florida with Leslie Kemp Poole

Award-winning writer, historian and assistant professor at Rollins College, Leslie Kemp Poole, PhD, will present and overview of her book, Saving Florida. Her Presentation will focus on the role of women and organization such as the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, Florida Federation of Garden clubs, and the League of Women Voters, especially as they […]

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.

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Lake Wales History Museum Bus

SOLD OUT!!! Feb 1, 10am. Take a bus tour of historic and architectural sites in Lake Wales. $15 per person.

Cracker Culture: Florida Pioneer Dinner & Swamp Cabbage

Bok Food

Jan 30, 6-8pm. Learn about Florida history and enjoy a traditional “cracker” meal. Florida pioneer Clayton Woodard demonstrates how to harvest and prepare a uniquely native Florida dish made from our state tree: Swamp Cabbage. Chef Fulwood creates a traditional meal featuring swamp cabbage and dishes from our delicious past. Meal served with iced water, […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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