HISTORY
HERITAGE
HEART

The Hernando de Soto Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1939 and consists of volunteer members who foster and facilitate an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish – American heritage. Through fundraising events and sponsorships we are able to provide educational opportunities and donate to local charities, organizations and individuals. 

BEERTOPIA

A sampling of a variety of local and craft beers, seltzers, and liquor along with dishes from local restaurants with live music, silent and live auction, & raffle tickets! Beertopia is presented by Big Wave Golden Ale and benefits the Eye Center Inc Vision Foundation and the Hernando De Soto Historical Society. Must be 21 to attend.
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DE SOTO BALL

Mark your calendar: An elegant, black-tie, evening where we crown a Queen and invest the newest Hernando de Soto in grand style with pomp and circumstance. Come join De Soto’s new Crewe for dancing, fun, and entertainment lasting throughout the night. This glittering affair has been one of Manatee County’s most prestigious social events for several decades.

OUR EVENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • $50,000 ANNUAL DONATIONS
  • 3 MILLION DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS
  • PROVIDE EDUCATION ON FLORIDA – SPANISH HERITAGE
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS
  • STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
  • MAINTAINS MUSEUM FOR SPANISH CULTURE
  • 52 YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH BARCARROTA SPAIN
  • 2,500 VOLUNTEER HOURS ANNUALLY