Friends of the Museum

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The Friends of the Lake Wales Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial support and promote the Lake Wales History Museum.  The goal of the Friends of the Museum is raise funds and awareness to help the museum care for and share local history.

Learn about our goals for 2021.

  • Continue to steward new and renewing members
  • Establish and secure donations to the Mimi Hardman Legacy Fund
  • Launch a new scholarship program for a graduating high school senior.
  • Restore and open the Historic Stuart House
  • Participate in the Pioneer Days Committee and volunteer at the event

In just 18 months since the Friends of the Lake Wales Museum was established in May of 2019, they have successfully launched, established a membership program, held a virtual fundraiser, and raised more than $33,000 to create the Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center housed in the newly restored 1916 Seaboard Airline Freight Station.

Join the membership.

Membership contributions are a cornerstone of the Friends of the Museum’s support of the Lake Wales History Museum, and your donation makes a difference. Knowing you contributed to the preservation of the community’s history is rewarding in itself, however; you’ll also receive special benefits made available only to members. Members receive discounts on retail merchandise and educational programs, advance notice of special events, and invitations to Members-Only events. There’s a Membership Level that’s right for you, it’s tax deductible and affordable. Join Today!


Benefits for all member levels:

  • Subscription to the Lake Wales History Museum newsletter
  • 20% discount on retail merchandise in the Gift Shop
  • Discounts on programs and event tickets
  • Invitations to Member-Only events
  • Time Travelers reciprocal membership – Free admission and discounts at more than 250 historical sites and museums in the US and 25       organizations in Florida
  • Named listing in the annual report

Membership Levels

FRIEND – $20.00

Basic membership benefits for one person

SUPPORTER – $50.00

Basic membership benefits for two people and children or grandchildren under the age of 18

BENEFACTOR – $100.00

SUPPORTER level benefits PLUS a complimentary copy of “Historic Lake Wales” book

SUSTAINER – $250.00

BENEFACTOR level benefits PLUS two complimentary tickets to the History Bus Tour

PIONEER – $500.00

SUSTAINER level benefits PLUS an invitation for two to the Director’s Annual Luncheon

PATRON – $1,000.00

PIONEER level benefits PLUS a private behind the scenes tour up to 15 guests with the Museum Curator

GOLD PIONEER – $2,500.00

PATRON level benefits PLUS use of the museum for a one-time private use for up to 50 guests


Membership Details

All memberships are valid for one year.  Additional contributions to the Friends of the Museum or the Lake Wales History Museum are welcome and considered outside your membership fees.   The Friends of the Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial support and promote the Lake Wales History Museum.

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