Polk Pioneers Ceremony

The following distinguished Polk Countians were recognized as Polk Pioneers. Listen to their fascinating stories on the Polk Government YouTube channel click here.   

  • Walter Covington Jr.
  • S.L. Frisbie IV
  • Ora H. Greene
  • Edgar T. Pickett Jr.
  • Harriet Rewis Rust

Read all about it


The November issue of Polk Proud History is now available. Read the story of how Alexander Mackay, a prominent Scottish businessman, was enticed to make Lake Alfred the winter residence of his family. Get an inside look at how the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve became one of Polk County’s most beautifully-preserved historic homes. 

Also check out photos from this year’s celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment, read about upcoming events, and learn how a one-eyed alligator became Lakeland’s unofficial mascot!

If you missed a previous issue, check out our digital archive.

Don’t forget your dues


Since the June Polk Pioneer Luncheon was cancelled due to COVID, many of our members missed the opportunity to pay their dues during the Annual Business Meeting. If you haven’t yet paid your dues for the 2020-21 year, click here for membership levels and mailing address.

Not a member?  We invite you to join our efforts to preserve and promote Polk County history!   Membership information >>