Ways to support Manatee Village Historical Park
Support from the community is crucial for Manatee Village Historical Park. There are many ways you can contribute. Every little bit that you commit goes a long way helping us preserve the past for future generations! Click the links below to find out how you can get involved.
Donate an Artifact
Manatee County is fortunate to have a rich history that is thoroughly documented. However, there are areas of history that the museum has few, if any, artifacts. The Second and Third Seminole Wars, War with Mexico, American Civil War, Spanish American War and World War One were fought and changed history as well as the lives of local residents in the 1840-1918 time frame. Currently, we have almost no artifacts from these wars. Nor do we have a collection of men’s clothing to complement our women’s collection. At all times we continue to seek donations of artifacts with a direct connection to the citizens of Manatee County.
We are honored that you would like to donate a piece of history to the museum collection. For your donation to be considered, you must email the museum curator. Please provide a photo, description, and a statement of how the item is connected to Manatee County or Florida history. Please email Dr. Jeffrey Brown at
Volunteers are absolutely necessary in providing the very best visitor experience in bringing the past to life. If you are interested in history, enjoy meeting new people, like to dress up or learn about artifacts, or just want to make a difference, we would love to meet you!
Volunteer positions include: Village Monitor and Greeter, Tour Guide, Special Events Crew, Cobweb Patrol/Dust Bunny Diva, Outreach, and On-call Clerical assistant.
We really appreciate the time that our volunteers give and throughout the year we will host events to honor our volunteers. This facilitates friendship among our volunteers and makes everyone feel connected with our mission and history.
or call (941) 749-7165
Make a donation here.
Admission to Manatee Village Historical Park is free. The money that you donate helps keep us up and running! Unspecified donations are applied to exhibit enhancements, outdoor signage, archival supplies, volunteer incentives, and to enhance the visitor experience.
You may make a donation in person (our DipJars are credit card machines that make it easy to donate even if you don't carry cash) or online at the above link.
You can also support us through Amazon Smile! When shopping on Amazon, use smile.amazon.com and select the Manatee County Historical Commission Inc. as your charity: MCHC Amazon Smile Profile. Items marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile" will result in a 0.5% donation at no cost to you.
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people and organizations like you!
With every contribution going towards making Manatee Village Historical Park an even better community resource. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions: email@example.com or (941) 749 - 7165