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  • Published on Feb 14, 2020

    ​About 60 Polk County children received free dental screenings and dental care as a part of the Give Kids A Smile program, which was held at Traviss Technical College earlier this month.

  • Published on Feb 11, 2020

    February is Black History Month, and it is a great time to visit the Polk County History Center to celebrate and learn about the vital contributions made by Polk’s black population to the early development of the county.

  • Published on Feb 4, 2020

    The inspiration and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to live on in the hearts and minds of Polk County students who entered this year’s annual essay challenge. The winners presented their essays to a crowd of more than 100 during the 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Challenge and Dinner Celebration. The dinner was held at the Bartow Civic Center by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners Community Relations Advisory Council and the Polk County School Board.

  • Published on Feb 3, 2020

    Polk County Fire Rescue will begin adding radio-frequency identification technology to its fleet, which will assist in inventory tracking and is projected to save an about $20,000 to $30,000 a month. As Polk County Fire Rescue continues to upgrade the technology used throughout the division, partnering with Silent Partner Technologies to add and test a system that would greatly assist fire rescue’s logistics department in providing “real-time” tracking of the supplies on each of its trucks was obvious.

  • Published on Jan 24, 2020

    Nearly 3,000 Polk County second graders descended upon Circle B Bar Reserve last week for the fifth annual Water, Wings and Wild Things KIDS Festival. The festival is a youth environmental education event and collaborative effort of Polk County government agencies, local municipalities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations.

  • Published on Dec 10, 2019

    Join County Commissioner George Lindsey at 9 a.m. New Year's Day for a hike around Circle B. The hike begins at Polk’s Nature Discovery Center and meanders along roughly 2 1/2 miles of beautiful trails.

  • Published on Dec 10, 2019

    To chronicle the fight for women’s voting rights, the History Center is curating a special exhibit, “The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: A Milestone of Democracy for Women’s Suffrage.”

  • Published on Nov 26, 2019

    Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) in partnership with the Polk County Public School Board has held its first set of Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certification classes with great success and interest from students.

  • Published on Nov 25, 2019

    Enrich your holiday experience by taking in the festive and colorful sights and sounds of the season at the Polk County History Center. The holiday season is a time where the iconic building shines its brightest, as it is decorated inside and out with lights, a Christmas tree and locally-decorated wreaths. The 9th annual Festival of Wreaths will feature more than 40 museum-quality wreaths, created through the talent and generosity of area businesses, organizations and individuals. The wreaths will be on display until Thursday, Dec. 12 and are available for purchase through an on-line Silent Auction process. All proceeds benefit the History Center. View photographs of the wreaths and place your bid at www.polkhistorycenter.org. Take home a unique or elegant wreath from a wide selection of styles to embellish your door just in time for Christmas. Opening Night – 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8

  • Published on Nov 25, 2019

    Sacred Harp singing has entertained communities and fellowship gatherings for generations without the use of a single instrument, other than the human voice. And now, this unique style of music, also known as shape note music, will be performed through a collaboration of the Polk County History Center and Bartow’s Orpheum Theatre.