Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Manatee County Historical Commission Inc

  • Bradenton, FL
  • www.manateevillage.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve our past to enrich our future. The Manatee County Historical Commission does this by: Advocating for historic preservation and cultural tourism;Preserving historic buildings and artifacts;Educating the public through our programming; Creating and maintaining the historical environment of the Manatee Village Historical Park; andRaising community and financial support to maintain and expand these efforts.

Main Programs

  1. Historical Preservation of Structures at Manatee Village Historical Park
  2. Manatee County History Fair/National History Day Affiliate
  3. Spirit Voices from Old Manatee
Service Areas

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Florida

Manatee Village Historical Park hosts visitors from all fifty states, as well as many international visitors each year. The majority of our visitors and program recipients are from Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas Counties, whether seasonal residents from the northern states, or year-round members of our community. Students from many surrounding counties participate in field trip programming at this location as well.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2011

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Phaedra Carter

Keywords

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Manatee historic society, history, education, preservation, advocacy

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EIN

59-1905082

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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During the last year the Manatee County Historical Commission has:Completed four year restoration of 1887 Old Meeting House Church steeple. Adopted an organizational Code of Ethics and a Collections Management Policy in order to achieve best practices for preserving and interpreting Manatee County's settlement history.Served 250 students through the production of Manatee County History Fair, supported 27 students who proceeded to the next level of competition at Florida History Fair, also seven students and one teacher who proceeded to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland.Served over 1,500 members of the community through no cost educational presentations and programming.Raised funding to complete the first phase of improvements to walkways throughout Manatee Village Historical Park which will ensure better accessibility for all visitors.Goals for 2015 - 2016:Complete first phase, and raise funding to complete the second phase of walkway improvement project. Complete a board approved Emergency Preparedness Plan and prioritize a list of emergency preparedness needs and supplies.Increase number of students served through Manatee County History Fair to 300 or greater.Increase number of community members served through educational programming and presentations at Manatee Village Historical Park to 2,000 or greater.Devise and implement a fundraising plan for the restoration of the 1886 William H. Vanderipe House.

Programs

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Program 1

Historical Preservation of Structures at Manatee Village Historical Park

Manatee Village includes twelve structures and points of interest which were originally constructed during Manatee County's settlement period, between 1860 and 1920. Each of these serves as a sort of time machine - an educational tool and monument to those who established our community, as well as a place to create dialogs that reach across generations and bridge cultural differences. Yet, beyond these, there are many and varied benefits that come from historical preservation projects like ours. They keep our community beautiful, vibrant, and livable. Historic preservation supports community building by making our surroundings richer for having the tangible presence of past eras and historic styles.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Manatee County History Fair/National History Day Affiliate

The Manatee County History Fair, now in its 30th year, is a year-long education program affiliated with the rigorous and nationally recognized National History Day program that began in 1974. This program engages students in grades 6-12 in the discovery and interpretation of historical research. Students choose an historical topic related to an annual theme and conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and websites. After analyzing and interpreting their primary and secondary sources and drawing conclusions about their topic's significance in history, students work creatively and collaboratively to present their work in an original paper, exhibit, website, performance, or documentary. These presentations are held at the classroom, county, state, and national levels.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,800.00

Program 3

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee is an original living history program. For three weekends in October, volunteer actors in period dress personify Manatee's early pioneers. Their graveside dialogs are based on factual, historical records and local legends. They convey tales of triumphs, tragedies, humorous anecdotes and common humanity. The program is an experience like no other, unfolding at the Old Settler's House at Manatee Village Historical Park with a Victorian wake and continuing by torch-light, as the sun sets at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Financial support is essential to present an entertaining show, support crowd control volunteers and committed volunteer actors, and to provide for guest safety and comfort. Sponsorships further the impact of funds raised through ticket sales for this program. Funds which are raised through Spirit Voices from Old Manatee support free community educational programming and preservation activities at Manatee Village.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$4,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Manatee Village Historical Park hosts visitors from all fifty states, as well as many international visitors each year. The majority of our visitors and program recipients are from Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas Counties, whether seasonal residents from the northern states, or year-round members of our community. Students from many surrounding counties participate in field trip programming at this location as well.

Funding Needs

$12,000 to continue improvement of pedestrian walkways throughout Manatee Village Historical Park and increase accessibility to structures/exhibits;Sponsorships of $25 - $1,000 for Manatee County History Fair and/or Spirit Voices from Old Manatee;Volunteers to help conduct school programs for elementary school aged children, help facilitate Manatee County History Fair, conduct group tours of Manatee Village Historical Park, or work in the Whistle Stop Gift Shop;Knowledgeable, active volunteers to serve on the Manatee County Historical Commission and/or its standing committees and task forces;$9,000 to repaint 1887 Old Meeting House Church and to install a protective barrier around the base of the structure to protect newly installed climate control system's ductwork.

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property

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Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Principal Officer

Phaedra Carter

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hinning Bolanos

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Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

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