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

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 […]

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 […]

Out of the Archives Lecture Series

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Bring your lunch.

Out of the Archives Lecture Series

Polk County History Center. Photo by Jeremy Maready.

Bring your lunch.

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 […]

Featuring Alligators in Florida Culture

Join the Lake Wales Museum November 15, 2018 @ 6 PM for the Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: Featuring Alligators in Florida Culture by Jeff Klinkenberg. Few states have a relationship with an animal in the way that Florida does with the alligator. Whether it’s a school mascot, being wrestled at a tourist attraction, or sunbathing on […]

Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

“Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found.” Florida Lecture Series.

Special Presentations for the Gardens Planned

Kenneth Treister at Florida Southern College March 23, Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay at Bok Tower Gardens March 24, The Gooey Stuff that Plants Ooze LAKE WALES, Fla. — The public is invited to attend two very different presentations about Bok Tower Gardens, scheduled to take place March 23 and 24. […]

Hope Diamond Expert to Lecture on ‘The History of America in 101 Objects’

LAKELAND – Reducing the Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million objects to a mere 101 to tell the story of America is no easy task. But aided by more than 100 curators, Dr. Richard Kurin did just that in a new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” Kurin, a world-renowned expert on […]

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