History

Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Contact: (941) 778-0492
402 Pine Ave (PO Box 4315), Anna Maria, FL 34216
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits materials and artifacts relating to the history Anna Maria Island. Learn about Anna Maria Island’s rich history; including its settlers, characters, the original city jail, and a historic cottage that sat on the City Pier but fell into the Bay.

CVHS (Cortez Village Historical Society)
Contact: Cortezculturalcenter@gmail.com
P.O. Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215
The Cortez Village Historical Society collects, preserves and shares knowledge and information about the heritage of Cortez. Stop in the FMM store to pick up one of their books on the history of Cortez, or a village walking tour to guide you through the historic homes.

Cortez Village Cultural Center (CVHS)
Contact: Kaye Bell (941) 757-9760
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Located across the small bridge at the back of
the parking lot of the Florida Maritime Museum.
The aim of the Cortez Village Cultural Center is to preserve the historic records and photos of the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. For more information about the families that settled Cortez, visit the Cortez Village Cultural Center in conjuncture with your visit to the Florida Maritime Museum.

F.I.S.H. (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage)
Contact: (941) 254-4972
P.O. Box 606, Cortez, FL 34215
F.I.S.H. is a grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures, including the environment upon which these communities depend.  The F.I.S.H. Boatworks program on the northern edge of the preserve, welcomes volunteers who have a desire to learn about the art of traditional boat building through hands on experiences. Contact Rick Stewart at (941) 580-1036 for more information.

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