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Here's what we are working on.




Every year we partner with the Florida Maritime Museum to host free events. Our events are listed below. Please visit to see if there are any other

activities being hosted at the museum throughout the year.





The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum has received a $10,000 matching Community Project Grant from the Florida Humanities* with matching funds from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: Arts and Culture and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trolley Grant.

Since its inception in 2012, the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum mission is to support the Florida Maritime Museum to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories of Florida's fishing and maritime heritage through community outreach, education and financial support. FFMM also helps to bring the Museum's historical perspective full circle by educating the public on the transformations facing Florida's present day commercial fishing industries.

The generous grant and matching funds support “Stories from the Gulf Coast Commercial Fishing Industry in Cortez: Environmental Changes,” a multi-dimensional project with a primary focus on oral histories. Commercial fishing industry workers in Cortez, Florida, will be interviewed about the changes in water quality and environmental issues they have witnessed over the years. Included in the project will also be professionally shot video showing segments of the oral history/s, as well as updates and reprinting of the Vanishing Cultures signs around Cortez.





Florida Humanities awards Community Project Grants for up to $10,000 four times a year to cultural organizations to directly support the creation and implementation of engaging humanities-based public programming, such as oral history projects, historical exhibitions, lecture series, community conversations and more.

"Florida Humanities is thrilled to support the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum in sharing the stories of our maritime history,” said Grants Director Lindsey E. Morrison. “The Sunshine State has a deep tradition in and relationship to the water, and it's important that we better understand our connectivity to this vital resource."

In addition, a free event will be held on April 23 and October 8th, 2022 where the public will have the opportunity to have a face-to-face interaction with commercial fishing industry workers. For more information, LIKE Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum on Facebook, FOLLOW the organization on Instagram, or visit

All aspects of this project will be completed by March 2023.

*Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with Funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Stories from the Gulf Coast Commercial Fishing Industry in Cortez

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