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.
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.
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.
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.