Crewe of De Soto

History Comes to Life

History Comes to Life

Publicly representing our organization’s mission, the Crewe of De Soto is the most visible arm of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society along with the one member per year who gets to don the helmet and dress of Hernando de Soto. Dressed in authentic 16th century Spanish attire, complete with chrome plated Morion helmets and plumes, full-width leather belts and corsair swords in scabbards at their sides, history lessons come to life when Hernando de Soto and his Crewe speak about the importance of our heritage.

Educational Visits

The Crewe is the most visible arm of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society along with the one member per year who gets to don the helmet and dress of Hernando de Soto. Perhaps the most important educational tools the Society offers are the visits to local schools, hospitals, senior citizen homes, civic organizations and businesses.

Crewe Leadership

While the Crewe of Hernando De Soto and the De Soto Queen and Princess are elected by the Society membership, each year’s Hernando de Soto appoints the Crewe Captain. Together, the Captain and Hernando de Soto appoint two Lieutenants and the Crewe is ready for action.

De Soto Queen's Court

De Soto Queen's Court

For over 75 years, the De Soto Heritage Festival has celebrated the intellect and talent of a select group of special young women from the community by naming them to the De Soto Queen’s Court, a scholarship program.

Candidates are recommended by the community and then the Hernando De Soto Historical Society makes its choices on the basis of character, appearance, scholastic ability, high morals, and personality.

The De Soto Queen’s Court serves as goodwill ambassadors for the Hernando De Soto Historical Society and Manatee County through the following spring.

Meet the Queen's Court

Crewe Capture Request

Join the Crewe

Queen's Court Inquiry

Around the World

Around the World

Hernando de Soto, the Captain of the Crewe, their ladies, and our De Soto Queen and Princess travel across the world representing our community. They introduce Manatee County as an area rich in cultural, historical, agricultural, and environmental diversity to the thousands of people they meet each year.

During the 2016 De Soto Heritage Festival, our Hernando de Soto, Zeke Eckersen, was invested and his Queen, Sarah Adams, was elected by the Society Membership. Joining this pair are Captain of the Crewe Bob Richardson and Princess Baylee Sawdy.

Our Festival Family Includes...

Fiesta

Fiesta

Barcarrota, Spain
Festival du Voyageur

Festival du Voyageur

Winnepeg, Canada
St. Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul, Minnesota
Aquatennial

Aquatennial

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

La Crosse, Wisconsin
Fiesta of Five Flags

Fiesta of Five Flags

Pensacola, Florida
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Invasion

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Invasion

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Springtime Tallahassee

Springtime Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida
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Fostering and facilitating an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish - American heritage and cultural alliances through special events, community collaborations and charitable giving Since 1939

6404 Manatee Ave. W. Suite G. 
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-1998
info@desotoHQ.com
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat - Sun: Closed

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