Hernando De Soto
Historical Society

The Hernando De Soto Historical Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community organization of 225 Conquistadors (volunteer members) who celebrate the historical significance of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing near the mouth of the Manatee River in May 1539.

Today, the Hernando De Soto Historical Society brings together a remarkable collection of committed volunteers representing a diverse cross-section of the community. More than 20 committees give hundreds of hours toward planning and producing events, many of which have received regional and national recognition. Significant funds are raised through the Society’s efforts and redistributed back into the community to facilitate activities in keeping with the mission of the two organizations.