The Manatee County Historical Commission is a 17 member volunteer advisory board appointed by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. The group meets at noon, on the second Friday of each month.
The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc.is also the community benefit organization or 501(c)3 which supports Manatee Village Historical Park.
We preserve local history through the acceptance donations of money and artifacts. The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. raises funding for building restorations and collections care and management at Manatee Village Historical Park.
We educate the community through programming, like Manatee County History Fair and lectures on historical topics, as well as special events like Cracker Christmas, the annual Heritage Days Open House, and Spirit Voices from Old Manatee.
We advocate - providing insight to the BOCC regarding aspects of historical preservation in Manatee County. The Historical Commission writes resolutions and letters regarding historical preservation projects county wide.
This relationship also provides an annual budget for staffing Manatee Village Historical Park through the Manatee County Clerk’s Historical Resources Division. This budget provides for four full time staff, half the salary of the Historical Resources Department Director, utilities, supplies, and some repairs to the facility. This budget also provides for the school trip programming that takes place at Manatee Village Historical Park.
Because we are a governmentally appointed advisory board, the activities of the Manatee County Historical Commission fall under the Florida Statute 286.011, or the Government in the Sunshine Law. This makes all of our meetings and records open to the public.
Applicants must be a resident of Manatee County.
- Public Speaking
- Strategic Planning
- Resource Development / Management
- Event Planning / Management
- Marketing Strategy & Planning
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 4-6 hours/month
- Belief in the guiding principles, values, and standards of the Manatee County Historical Commission.