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The Museum features exhibits beginning with the foundation of Lake Wales in 1911 as well as the formation of the city, industry, places of interest and the developments in the 19th century that led to the settlement of the area.

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Truth is Stranger - florida in the great depression
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What is SITES?

On September 19, 1951, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) was established with funds from the Alice Pike Barney Memorial Fund and a grant from the Department of State. The circulation of traveling exhibitions by SITES was viewed as an innovative means of fulfilling a congressional mandate issued in 1937 to “foster . . . a growing appreciation of art” and “to encourage the development of contemporary art and to effect the widest distribution and cultivation in matters of such art” 

"Truth is Stranger...." Non-Fiction Book Club


Truth is stranger; that's why we have dedicated this book club to non-fiction. Please join us for a round-table discussion of the best non-fiction books! The book club meets every fourth Wednesday of the Month @ the Lake Wales Museum from noon to 1pm. 325 S. Scenic Highway, Lake Wales. 

The book line-up is below:

May: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right By Jane Mayer (Doubleday)

June: Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill By Candice Millard (Doubleday)

July: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 By Simon Sebag Montefiore (Knopf)

August: Florida in the Great Depression: desperation and defiance by Nick Wynne

September: The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War By Arkady Ostrovsky (Viking)

October: Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

November: Florida's Seminole Wars, 1817-1858 by Joe Knetsch

December: OFF

January: The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State by Samer

February: Zora Neale Hurston: a biography of the spirit by Deborah Plant

March: Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett

April: Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss by Craig Pittman