Edward William Bok immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in 1870, when he was just six years old. Growing up in Brooklyn, he dropped out of school to support his family when they encountered financial difficulties. He was a magazine publisher before the age of 20.
As an adult, Bok became a crusader for women's suffrage and causes, then editor of the magazine Ladies Home Journal, a position he held for some 30 years, until he retired in 1919. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography in 1920, and wrote other books afterwards.
He helped with the banning of patent medicines, and even made it possible to discuss certain diseases in public, something that just "wasn't done".
In 1921, Bok started to winter in the Lake Wales area. Eventually, he bought land and hired renowned architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to design what is now Bok Tower and Gardens.
Bok Tower was dedicated in 1929, just before the Great Depression hit.
My aunt and uncle, who ended up living in Florida for the rest of their married lives (before my aunt passed away in 1974), went to Bok Tower on their honeymoon.
Bok Tower isn't just a tower; it has a carillon installed in it.
Every Thursday through Sunday during the winter, there are live carillon concerts.
There's more to Bok Tower than just music. There are mosaics...
And beautiful reflections. And even some family history, as I found out, on this trip that one of my aunts and uncles had visited Bok Tower during their honeymoon, nearly 70 years ago.
Day two of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost. "B" day on #AtoZChallenge - my theme, "Florida Outside the Theme Parks". And, today I also link with #MusicMovesMe.
What is #MusicMovesMe, and who are the 4Mers who participate?
The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly. Her co-4Mers are: Callie of JAmerican Spice, (who has been taking a break for health reasons) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.
Join me again tomorrow as we "C" more of Florida outside the theme parks.