HISTORY
COMES TO LIFE

Publicly representing our organizations mission, the Crewe of De Soto is the most visible arm of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society.  Annually, our organization elects one member who gets to don the helmet and uniform of Hernando de Soto. Dressed in authentic 16th century Spanish attire, complete with chrome plated Morion helmets and plumes, full-width leather belts and corsair swords in scabbards at their sides, history lessons come to life when Hernando de Soto and his Crewe speak about the importance of our heritage. Our modern-day Hernando de Soto and his Crewe of Conquistadors are highly popular and regularly draw large crowds whether they are visiting local schools, retirement homes, or capture local businesses.

CURRENT ROYAL FAMILY

Our modern-day Hernando de Soto and his Crewe of Conquistadors are highly popular and regularly draw large crowds whether they are visiting local schools, retirement homes, or capture local businesses.  

  • Hern Paul Webb
  • Queen Alexandra Gabrielle Mercer
  • Princess Leah Ashlynn Andrews
  • Captain Bob Richardson

CREWE

While the Crewe of Hernando de Soto and the De Soto Queen and Princess are elected by the Society membership, each years Hernando de Soto appoints the Crewe Captain. Together, the Captain and Hernando de Soto appoint two Lieutenants and the Crewe is ready for action.

CURRENT CREWE

Hernando de Soto
Paul Webb

Captain
Bob Richardson

Padre
Sid Jones

Sergeant at Arms
Zeke Eckersen

Lieutenant Marines

DJ Hager

Lieutenant Calvary

Donnie Olmsted

Sergeant

Craig Terrell

 

Corporal

Lee Barnes

 

Squad

Sean Peel

Rich Walker

Paul Haag

Johnny Jander

John Brown

Jesse Carr

Bill Booth

Sergeant

Jason Schroeder

 

Corporal

Lynn Horne

 

Squad

Dan Whidden

Rob Hanson

Sid Jones

Jeff Nance

Dave Clark

Jim Frost

Dot Woods

Sergeant

Jimmie Hamrick

 

Corporal

Francine Hamrick

 

Squad

John Proll

Rick Parcels

Erik Marshall

Cory Willis

Jordan DeSear

Laz Gomez

Jeff Johnston

Sergeant

Troy Moore 

 

Corporal

Danny Thomas

 

Squad

Robert Ricciardo

Scott Monroe

Allen Morrell

Dennis Romano

Bill Campbell

Pat Cline

Brady Chapman

Gary Kortzendorf

CREWE
VISITS

Perhaps the most important educational tools the Society offers are Crewe visits to local schools, hospitals, senior citizen homes, civic organizations and businesses. 

OUR FESTIVAL FAMILY