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Volunteer Newsletters

Each season, our Event & Volunteer Coordinator puts together announcements, volunteer spotlights, and fun finds so volunteers can stay informed and entertained! If you are already a volunteer, scroll down to download our last several newsletters. If you would like to become a volunteer, let us know! In the meantime, you are welcome to browse our past newsletters. 

Spring 2024

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Spring has sprung! Enjoy our Spring 2024 Volunteer Newsletter. Inside, you will find updates on our gift shop, upcoming excitement happening in the cemetery, and events at the Village!

Winter 2024

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Happy New Year everyone! Enjoy our Winter 2024 Volunteer Newsletter. Inside, you will find updates on our staff, upcoming excitement happening in the cemetery, and new growth in the park!

Summer 2023

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An early automobile associated with the Reasoner family, image courtesy of the Manatee County Public Library Digital Collection

The Volunteer Dispatch is switching to a new quarterly format. The newsletters will come out approximately every 3 months, will have more announcements and events, and contain more in-depth research for you to enjoy.

This month, Allyson presents her research on the first automobiles of Manatee County.

May 2023


Cemetery Cleanup Volunteers Needed!


Join us for the last cemetery cleanup of the season on Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th.
Volunteers will learn how staff maintains the 1850 Manatee Burying Ground, and will have the opportunity to assist us with the cleaning of graves. Hands-on training is provided by staff.

March 2023


Greeters Needed!

If you love history and talking to people, the Wiggins Store Greeter may be the volunteer role for you!
Available volunteer shifts for this position:
Monday, 10am to 1pm
Monday, 1pm to 4pm
Friday, 10am to 1pm
Friday, 1pm to 4pm

April 2023

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Join us for a unique theatrical experience with "The Ballad of Old Manatee," an immersive historical drama with original folk music inspired by true events from the Village of Manatee's origins. It will run for a limited time from April 21 - May 6, 2023, right here at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Get your tickets now at

January / February 2023

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We are excited to announce an upcoming production by The Hat Theater Collective, in conjunction with the Manatee County Historical Commission Inc., Ballad of Old Manatee!

December 2022

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Special thanks to volunteers Esther, Halle, and Hanna for helping staff decorate, upcoming holiday closures and volunteer opportunities.

November 2022

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Special thanks to all volunteers for helping us preserve our history, holiday closures and volunteer opportunities.

October 2022

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Special thanks to cemetery cleanup volunteers, Hurricane Ian updates, and volunteer opportunities for An Old Florida Christmas
and holiday decorating.

September 2022

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A special thanks to Volunteer Barbara T., from the Curator's Desk, and volunteer opportunities for cemetery cleanup and holiday decorating.

August 2022

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A special thanks to Volunteer Tyler A., building closure, and Save the Dates for holiday decorating and An Old Florida Christmas.

July 2022

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A special thanks to Volunteer Susan W., 1887 Church repairs, and Save the Date for An Old Florida Christmas.

June 2022

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Welcome new Wiggins Store Greeter Debi W. and Volunteer Paul T. revitalizes machines in
Bat Fogarty Boat Works exhibit.

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