Where We Give

Through the Conquistador Historical Foundation, the Hernando de Soto Historical Society is able to support various local charities, offer college scholarships, fund a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton, and maintain a Sister City relationship with Barcarrota, Spain.

With its membership including many local civic, governmental and business leaders, the Society serves in a variety of community-oriented roles.


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SUPPORTING

The Conquistador Historical Foundation distributes grants to local community charities, particularly those with youth educational programming initiatives.

INSPIRING

Through a generous donation by De Soto member Art Engelhardt, we maintain an annual student exchange program with Barcarrota, Spain (Bradenton’s Sister City).

EMPOWERING

We offer college scholarships to our De Soto Queen & Princess as well as the 10 young ladies, ages 18-24, who annually serve on the De Soto Queen's Court.

Some of the local organizations receiving funding from the Hernando de Soto Historical Society:

Adopt A Family
American Cancer Society
Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club of Manatee
Community Haven for Adults & Children w/Disabilities
De Soto National Memorial
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
Emergency Services Memorial Fund
Feeding Empty Little Tummies (FELT)
Junior Leadership Manatee
Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens
Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind
Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS)
Miracle League of Manasota
Manatee Historical Village
PACE Center for Girls
South Florida Museum
Walter Moscoso Latino Education Fund
Women’s Resource Center

A 52-year partnership with Barcarrota, Spain

The members of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society maintain close ties with Bradenton’s Sister City – Barcarrota, Spain. For almost four decades, delegates from Barcarrota have traveled to Bradenton each year to take part in the annual Festival, and vice versa.

Student Exchange Program

• Each year, a Bradenton resident is selected to journey to Spain for the summer (usually about 10 weeks). This individual becomes immersed in the Spanish culture and comes back home with a new appreciation of our cities’ relationship. Later in the year, a Barcarrota student travels to Bradenton to learn about our culture here in America.
• 2015-16 Ambassador, Karsen Lonzo recently returned from her trip to Spain. On her blog, she writes, “Bradenton is deemed the Friendly City, but it’s actually our sister city who should have the honor of this name. If any De Soto members have the chance to travel to Barcarrota, take the chance; the people from this town are unbelievable.”

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