Celebrating 45 years of collecting images and textiles that represent the community, Creating Community through Quilts & Art showcases artwork by local artists and quilts from Lake Wales History Museum’s permanent collection.
Creating Community through Quilts & Art
18 quilts from the 1880s to today are on display, as well as 17 works of art from Tom Freeman, Beatrice Athanas, and other artists. The act of making quilts, displaying them in the museum, and showcasing local places of Lake Wales in artwork is way the History Museum is connecting with the community. Visitors will also see paintings that capture local places near and dear to the city’s history.
Did you know quilting itself was created through quilting bees, or groups of women gathered to make a quilt?
Lake Wales History Museum
There’s more to see than Creating Community through Quilts & Art. Be sure to take time to walk through the Museum’s permanent historical exhibits, as they are all self-guided, and display artifacts, images and interesting historical documents. These exhibits explore the natural history of the Lake Wales Ridge. They begin with Florida’s native people and include the development of Lake Wales’ railroad, industry, and residents of the 20th century.
The Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday. While you’re in town, explore Downtown and visit Bok Tower Gardens.
If you love history, then read about Polk County History Center in Bartow.