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School Tour Programming

Our school program is free of charge, and is designed for grades 3 and up. All school programming takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. The school program has many options for teachers to choose from, but students will only visit part of the Village on the trip. School teachers must make a reservation in advance for their class to visit the park by emailing us at for a field trip application. The maximum number of classes we can accommodate each day is 3. We book up very quickly so teachers are urged to make their reservation early in the school year and for the 2019/2020 school year, field trips may only take place after January 1, 2020. 

Please be advised: In fairness to all schools, we will not begin taking any school field trip reservations until the first day back to school for Manatee County teachers (August 5, 2019). For the 2019/2020 school year, field trips may only take place after January 1, 2020. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to your visit!

Guest Speaking Engagements

Looking for a speaker for your local club or organization? Staff can give informational talks on Manatee Village Historical Park, Manatee County History, and Manatee History Day. Availability varies based on upcoming events and staff schedules. Guest speaker requests will be available after January 1, 2020. To check availability, email or call (941) 749-7165.

Download a list of available talks here: Speaker Menu (Updated 09-2017).pdf

Download the Speaker Request Form here: Speaker Request Form.pdf

Civil War Traveling History Trunk

The Life of a Civil War Soldier traveling trunk outreach program is designed to provide students with experiential learning opportunities that enhance the core history curriculum. It generates student interest in American history through the exploration of artifact reproductions, documents, photographs, and other resources.

The trunk is available from the Manatee Village Historical Park with support from the Manatee County Historical Commission and donations from the Bradenton community. There is no fee to use it, and teachers may keep the trunk for a maximum of two weeks. For more information, please contact us at

Manatee History Day

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), a nationwide contest designed to interest students in history and encourage them to learn about history through primary research. Instead of reading about a historical person or event in a textbook, students are asked to do research in the documents or materials produced during that time period. Students use such sources as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Then, they can choose how they will present their information. Research papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, web sites and dramatic performances are the five kinds of entries that are accepted for competition. Through research and analysis of their information, students make the past come alive.

On the second Wednesday of the month from September 2019 through January 2020, students can participate in meetings designed to assist students in researching and developing their project. Upcoming History Day Club meetings will take place 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Manatee County Public Library, downtown location, 1301 1st Ave W, Bradenton, on the following dates:

 September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, and January 8

The October 9 History Day Club meeting will feature Katie Fleck, research librarian of Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS), who will introduce students to MCPLS resources and students can sign up for library cards.
The November 13 History Club Day meeting will feature Melissa Gerome from the University of Florida Digital Collections with an overview of their online database of historical documents.

Participation is free and registration is not required. Students may attend any History Day Club meeting regardless of their involvement in previous meetings. Teachers, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Students must be picked up or have a guardian with them no later than 7:40pm. The library closes promptly at 8:00pm.

View Local Competition Information here: MHD local competition information 2019.pdf

For information on participating as a student or teacher in Manatee History Day, volunteering as a judge, or becoming a sponsor please visit:

Group Tour Information

Group tours are provided for groups of 10 people or more.* The cost is $5.00 per person. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance by calling (941) 749-7165. Currently accepting group tour applications for tours taking place after October 1, 2019. 

*Group tours may be provided for groups of 10 or fewer people, but the minimum cost of $50.00 will still apply.

Download our group tour application here: 2019 MVHP Group Tour Reservation Sheet.pdf

Village Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Closures: Wednesday October 9, November 9-11 (Veteran's Day Weekend), November 28-30 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Upcoming Saturday openings: October 12, October 26, November 23

Phone: (941) 749-7165

E-mail addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact by phone at the phone numbers above, or contact us in writing, via the United States Postal Service, at this address- Manatee County Historical Commission 1404 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton, Fl 34208.

Location Map:



1404 Manatee Avenue East 
(SR 64)
Bradenton, FL. 34208



Village Hours

Monday – Friday and 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month

9:00am – 4:00pm

Closed holidays and their corresponding weekends.