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 By Robert Connors    News

"State of the City" is Good, Mayor Says in Annual Report

A portrait of a city undergoing numerous changes was delivered to about 100 community and business leaders Friday at the annual "State of the City" report delivered by outgoing... — Updated 3/5/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Pioneer Days See Attendance Growth

The 2021 Pioneer Days celebration of history is itself history, but Lake Wales History Museum Director Jennifer D'hollander is still celebrating. "Oh my gosh yes!" she responded... — Updated 11/2/2021

 By News Staff    News

Pioneer Days Opens to Big Crowds

Blacksmiths, crafters, and thousands of their admirers turned out for the annual Pioneer Days today in Lake Wales. The event, sponsored by the Lake Wales History Museum, runs... — Updated 10/26/2021


Gladys Howell Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor Gladys Howell as the 2021 Lake Wales Pioneer of the Year as part of the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival at Lake Wailes Park. The recogniti... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Tom Paulson    Fun

Pioneer Days Happening October 23 and 24

Lake Wales 45th Annual Pioneer Days festival is expected to draw some 10,000 visitors to Lake Wailes Park over two days later this month, and staff at the Lake Wales History Museum... — Updated 10/13/2021

interior of museum with exhibits

City Considers Transferring Museum Operations to "Friends" Group

After several years of operations as a purely city-run facility, the Lake Wales History Museum may soon be under the control of a not-for-profit group once again. The Wednesday... — Updated 9/22/2021


3 Generations Serve Community through Rotary on the Ridge

Nature or nurture? It's probably both when you look at three generations of women sharing a heart for serving the community. When she turned 18 in July, Jillian Gillis became... — Updated 9/9/2021


Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 23-24 Offers Expanded Celebration

The Lake Wales History Museum will celebrate the community's history and heritage through the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 & 24. The free... — Updated 9/9/2021


Collections and Research Center Dedicated Jan. 23 to Honor the Late Mimi Hardman

Bright sunshine broke through the dreary morning Saturday, Jan. 23 as friends, family and history buffs gathered to celebrate the opening of the Mimi Hardman Collections and Researc... — Updated 1/27/2021


Letter to the Editor on Cancellation of Events

I have served with several committees that organize the large events in town like Orange Blossom Revue and I am on the Mardi Gras Committee currently. I can understand why the decis... — Updated 1/10/2021


Lake Wales Cancels 2020 Pioneer Days Festival

With regard to the health environment in Polk County, the Lake Wales History Museum has cancelled the Pioneer Days Festival, originally scheduled to take place on October 24 &... — Updated 7/15/2020


Mimi (Mary Leigh Reid) Hardman, 1934-2019

Lake Wales' longtime historian, visionary, beloved wife, and mother, Mimi (Mary Leigh Reid) Hardman, died at age 85 on Dec. 13 following an extended illness. A driving force for... — Updated 1/8/2020


Lake Wales Legend Mimi Hardman Leaves Amazing Legacy

Editor's Note: Memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at 1st United Methodist Church in Lake Wales, with musical prelude starting at 1:30 p.m. The grand lady in red,... — Updated 12/30/2019


Big Pioneer Days Event Planned Oct. 26-27

The Lake Wales History Museum is planning a larger than ever 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 26-27 in Lake Wailes Park. Admission and parking are free for the heritage celebr... — Updated 10/22/2019


Retired Bok Carillonneur Milford Myhre Named Pioneer of the Year

The Lake Wales History Museum will honor retired Bok Tower carillonneur Milford Myhre as Pioneer of the Year during the 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival. The celebration will take... — Updated 10/9/2019

 By Mary Walkup    Ridge Life

The GFWC Woman's Club of Lake Wales - Women Pioneers in History

The early settlers of what is now Lake Wales were hearty, adventuresome people, real Pioneers, descendants of their ancestors who traveled via oxen-driven covered wagons and were... — Updated 9/5/2019


Museum Proposes Creating Mimi Hardman Collections & Research Center

Lake Wales pioneer and historic preservationist Mimi Hardman may soon have a city building named in her honor. The Lake Wales History Museum will be seeking donors to help restore... — Updated 8/1/2019


Woman's Club Traces Origin to 1914 Thimble Party

In 1914 Nellie Stewart gathered 17 Lake Wales women for a "thimble party" and while they chatted and sewed they decided to form a club. Now 105 years later, members of the GFWC... — Updated 7/17/2019


City Approves New Name: Lake Wales History Museum

To continue focusing on its mission and to promote brand awareness the Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center has been renamed the Lake Wales History Museum. The Lake Wales City... — Updated 5/23/2019


Wound Center Receives Prestigious Award for 7th Straight Year

For the 7th consecutive year, Lake Wales Medical Center's Wound Healing Center has received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award from Healogics for... — Updated 5/8/2019


Spook Hill Earns Spot on National Register of Historic Places

Lake Wales attraction Spook Hill has now earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. City Clerk Jennifer Nanek announced the special designation at the Lake Wales... — Updated 4/24/2019


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