Events

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6 PM

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series

Featuring Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland by Lu Vickers

Lu Vickers’ talk on Cypress Gardens will feature a slide show of vintage photographs from the Garden’s archives that will take the audience on a journey through Cypress Garden’s history from the 1930s to 2009 when it was sold to Legoland. When Dick Pope transformed the swampland on the edge of Lake Eloise in Winter Haven into Cypress Gardens, he created an attraction that would become world famous, and in the process, cemented Florida’s reputation as the land of sun and fun. He achieved these feats with the unlikely combination of flowers, water skiers and Southern Belles. Vickers will discuss the creation of the world famous waterski show, the Gardens, and the iconic Southern Belles, and will explain how Dick Pope, Cypress Garden’s flamboyant owner, became known as the “Man who Invented Florida.” Light refreshments included. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM

Exhibit Reception – Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy

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See our new exhibit about the history and legacy of Mountain Lake Estates, talk to our curator, enjoy live music, complimentary food, and donation cash bar with fine wines and craft beer. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12 PM

Museum Book Club – Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books. Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6 PM

History Talks: Mountain Lake Estates

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See our new exhibit about the history and legacy of Mountain Lake Estates and hear about the unique history of Mountain Lake Estates. Light refreshments included. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Join us for a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus! $15/person. Seating limited. Advanced registration & payment required.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6 PM

Black History Month Presentation

Featuring Strange Fruit in Florida by Dr. Tameka Hobbs

Despite its reputation as the “Sunshine State” and a tourist destination, Florida harbors a lengthy and painful history of racial violence. Dr. Tameka Hobbs examines the history of lynching and racial violence in Florida, outlining the overall arc of the “lynching era” in the United States, normal dated between 1882 and 1930, as these instances of extralegal violence became more sporadic in the 1940s. She also highlights to role of Harry T. Moore’s advocacy against lynching and in favor of civil rights for African Americans in Florida. Light refreshments included. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 12 PM

Museum Book Club – Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books. Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.


Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM

History Happy Hour

See our changing exhibit, talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.


Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6 PM

Women’s History Month Presentation

Featuring Florida’s Female Pioneers by Peggy MacDonald

“Florida’s Female Pioneers” 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 credited with kick-starting Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, “Palmetto Leaves.” Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings, married to Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings, was a suffragist and conservationist who was known as the “Mother of Florida Forestry” and helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which later became the nucleus of Everglades National Park. This talk focuses on these Florida pioneers and other, lesser known female firsts.  Light refreshments included. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Museum Book Club – The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books.  Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Join us for a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center.  Along the way, participants will learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales.  Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus! 

$15/person. Seating limited. Advanced registration & payment required.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Museum Book Club – The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books.  Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6 PM

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series

Featuring Modern by Tradition: Innovation and the Transformation of Seminole Culture by Andrew Frank

Between 1700 and the present, the culture of the Florida Seminoles has remained remarkably connected to its roots while also innovating in dramatic fashion.  This lecture explores this dynamic to show how the Seminoles have embraced this dualism of being both modern and traditional. It examines, among other things, their origin stories, dress, cuisine, housing, ceremonial life, and family life.  Light refreshments included. Free to the public. Please RSVP.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM

History Happy Hour

See our changing exhibit, talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Museum Book Club – The Radium Girls by Kate Moor

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books.  Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.


Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Join us for a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center.  Along the way, participants will learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales.  Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus! $15/person. Seating limited. Advanced registration & payment required.


Saturdays, June 8 – August 10, 2019

Summer Fun Days

Special guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations, artifact discovery, tours with the curator, art projects, storytelling, fun snacks, dress up activities for the whole family are offered throughout Saturdays in the summertime with all kinds of different history themes.  Sponsored by Florida’s Natural Growers.  Free to the public.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Museum Book Club – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Dedicated to non-fiction, you'll discover the truth can be much stranger than fiction. Join us every month to discuss new book! Read the book and come ready to discuss the best non-fiction books.  Free to the public and all the books are available to check out free of charge at the Museum while supplies last.


Pioneer Days Festival - Save the Date!

October 26 & 27, 2019