Out of the Archives Lecture Series

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Bring your lunch.

History Time Tots

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

A story and activity time designed for ages five and under

Town & Country History Bus Tour

History Time Tots

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

A story and activity time designed for ages five and under at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Sept 7 and Tuesday, Sept 10.

Building an Icon: Building Bok Tower Singing Carillon

This exhibition at the Lake Wales History Museum by Bok Tower Gardens is on exhibit  thru Aug 24. Learn about the ways that people worked on the Singing Tower from Edward Bok’s initial vision to its design and construction, from the foundation to its crowning herons. Lake Wales History Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 […]

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’s Female Pioneers

Women’s History Month presentation: “Florida’s Female Pioneers” with guest speaker Peggy MacDonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. Harriet Beecher Stowe is […]

History Happy Hour

See the changing exhibit: The Freedom Riders closes on March 20. Talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.

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 […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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