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December Happenings at Polk County History Center
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December Happenings at Polk County History Center


Bartow, FL-- Celebrate the holidays at the Polk County History Center with gingerbread houses and photos with Santa.

Family FunDay is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8. Families create their own gingerbread houses and learn about the history of the age-old tradition. Admission is free. Activities are suitable for ages 4 to 10, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The annual Festival of Wreaths silent auction is open through Friday, Dec. 14. The History Center is open on Fridays for extended hours during the festival. Closing night festivities include photos with Santa immediately following the Bartow Christmas parade on Friday, Dec. 14. A $5 donation is collected with each photo. Silent auction proceeds benefit the History Center.

Polk County History Center and Polk Museum of Art are partnering to showcase historical portraits important to the nation and to Polk County.  “Polk Portraits: Imagine the Color” is on view through Saturday, Feb. 2 at the History Center and features portraits of Polk County history makers. “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio,” the first exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution to be shown in Polk County, is on display at the Polk Museum of Art through Saturday, Jan. 12. The Polk Portraits exhibit is also sponsored in part by A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure.

Polk County History Center is located at 100 East Main St., Bartow. For more information, call 863-534-4386 or connect with Polk County on the web, PolkHistoryCenter.org; Facebook, PolkCountyGovFL; or Twitter, PolkCountyFL.

Release courtesy of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

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