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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.

Hernando de Soto Historical Society Royal Family 2024

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.  

  • Hernando de Soto Sid Jones
  • Queen Alexis Isabella Williams
  • Princess Kinsey Rian Bunce
  • Captain Dan Whidden
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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
Sid Jones

Captain
Dan Whidden

Padre
Jim Frost

Lieutenant Marines

Allen Morrell

Lieutenant Calvary

Robert Ricciardo

Sergeant

DJ Hager

 

Squad

Paul Webb

Rick Yrabedra

Scott Kemp

Rich Walker

Lynn Horne

Sergeant

Sean Peel

 

Squad

Ethan Marshall

Pat Cline

Mike Murphy

Deb Hamrick

John Brown

Jesse Carr

Sergeant

Rick Parcels

 

Squad

Johnny Jander

Jordan DeSears

Jason Voyda

Paul Haag

Jeff Johnson

Cory Willis

Sergeant

Bob Richardson

 

Squad

Dan Walker

Tom Murphy

Jimmy Hamrick

Bill Campbell

Bill Hennell

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