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 […]

Spirited: Prohibition in America

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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

An Evening with Doris Weatherford

An Evening with Doris Weatherford

Doris Weatherford has been a name in women’s history for decades and first started publishing books over thirty years ago. Join us for a discussion on her book, Women in the Literary Landscape, just in time for Women’s History Month.

Florida’s Female Pioneers with Peggy MacDonald

Historian and author, Peggy MacDonald will present Florida’s Female Pioneers, examining some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin and also Palmetto Leaves; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist […]

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, […]

History Bus Tour – SOLD OUT!

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.

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 […]

Spirited: Prohibition in American Opening Reception

Spirited: Prohibition in America

Thur, Feb 6 | 6-8pm

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.

African Roots of Southern Cooking with Dr Martha Bireda

African Roots of Southern Cooking with Dr. Martha Bireda

A Black History Month program at Lake Wales Public Library on February 11 at 6pm. African American food history can be traced back to Africa along the stretches of Olduval Gorge, from which man had his common origin, and where he prepared his first meal. In this presentation, participants will follow the journey of foods […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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