Anna Maria Island Historical Society Inc
PO Box 4315
Anna Maria FL 34216
The purpose of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society is to educate the public by bringing the history of Anna Maria Island to them. Members go to schools, churches and civic organizations and present programs on the early days of the Island. A museum, with free admission, is open to the public. Included in the exhibits are artifacts, pictures, charts, maps and newspaper articles and videos dealing with the history of the Island.
CEO/Executive Director no executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Lynn R Brennan
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer / Retired MSA
General Info
Organization DBA
The Anna Maria Beach Company
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  1. Welcomed over 6,000 visitors to our museum and historical park, no admission, all with volunteers.  Visitors included school groups, seniors groups and international tour groups. 
  2. Awarded one scholarship for $2,000
  3. Grew our membership by 20% and continue to be one of the top four attractions on the Island as stated by Trip Advisor.
  4. Completed the renovation of the museum and added signage to the Historic Park; completed the digital preservation of the oral histories and established an AMIHS YouTube Channel; completed 20% of the documentation of our archives with the aid of New College interns. These records are currently available and searchable by the public on ehive.
  5. Created and introduced the Historic Walking and Biking Tour of Anna Maria, the first in a series for the Island.  The brochure has been well received and highly acclaimed in the community. 
Goals for 2017:
  1. Complete the renovation of Belle Haven Cottage
  2. Continue the digital preservation of the archives to 100% completion.
  3. Develop a self-guided oral museum tour that can be run from personal digital devices.
  4. Create walking/biking tour brochures of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
  5. Re-landscape the front and side entrances to the museum; created an outside exhibit area for Samuel Cobb's Boat; expanded the Historical Native Plant Park to include the land that borders Lake LaVista.
Needs Statement

1. We need volunteers to staff  the museum and historic Belle Haven  year round so both can be open at the same time.
2. Funds for the renovation of the Archival Room in the museum.
3. Funds and support to complete the Historic Tours of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach 
Background Statement

Carolyne Norwood and Pat Copeland, Islander reporters in 1990, formed the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Pat Copeland purchased the archives of The Islander, the first Island newspaper, when it closed. Residents soon joined the group whose mission was to collect, research, preserved and exhibit materials relating to the early days on Anna Maria Island.

The non-profit, educational organization was incorporated in 1991. AMIHS joined other Island groups in supporting community events, always showcasing Island history to young and old.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society's goals are to collect, research, study, preserve and display all materials relating to the first settlers on Anna Maria Island. During its twenty-three years in existence AMIHS has continued to maintain the on-going history of the Island.  This is accomplished at the museum and historical park located in the city of Anna Maria which AMIHS funds and maintains. 


Whether community activities, Island heritage and preservation, historical publications, or supporting Island youth, the Historical Society joins with the Island population in a cooperative spirit to showcase the best of Anna Maria Island. The Anna Maria Island Historical Society prides itself on being at the heart of the Anna Maria community, involving themselves in many of the Island’s activities and celebrations. 


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Although we are based in Manatee County people come from all over the country and in fact the world, to the museum to share in the history of this island which they have grown to love.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
First and foremost our challenge is to keep the Island's history relevant to new residents and visitors and to engage them in the unique story of how Anna Maria Island was settled and developed.  This involvement will help us make the case for preservation of artifacts and buildings and the City of Anna Maria beautiful historic park.
Our other challenges are typical of any small organization that host a public attraction; attracting talented and  involved volunteers to help us keep our museum open and to help us staff our events.
In addition, with so many very worthy non-profits going after the same donation dollars we  face the difficulty of making the case why we should receive some of those dollars. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society prides itself on being at the heart of the Anna Maria community, involving themselves in many of the Island’s activities and celebrations. 

Whether we are preserving, publishing or merely participating in the many events held on the Island AMIHS represents "Old Florida" and what has made this Island special.
The Island is not just a resort destination but also a home to so many people who came merely for a visit and decided they would some day find a way to make it their home.  This desire to live and vacation on the Island brings change.  For this reason it is even more important that we keep the memories of residents and visitors alike, the museum is a touchstone to the past, the Island they fell in love with.  
We cherish this responsibility as well as the memory of all of the members and board members who worked so hard to make create this oasis of Island history.

Description AMIHS provides Scavenger Hunts for visiting families as well as school groups.  These Scavenger Hunts are a fun way for children to experience the museum.  They learn about the history by searching for the artifacts or photos that represent an aspect of the history of the Island.  Children love to go on the "hit" and will ask their parents to bring them back after a field trip so they can enjoy the experience alone.  A small token is given to each child who completes the hunt but the real gift is making them part of Island history.
Budget $200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families US& International
Short Term Success Families and school groups will enjoy the museum experience more using this program rather than just walking through the museum and reading.
Long Term Success We do not track the program, other than feedback from docents on the participation and enjoyment of visitors.  
Program Success Monitoring Visitor feedback to docents
Program Success Examples Children often come back with their families and take them on the Scavenger Hunt, even though they know where the artifacts are located they want their parents or siblings to fine them.
Program Comments by Organization For 27 years we have served the island residents and visitors and  received glowing feedback about our welcoming docents and the charming museum that includes the original city jail and Belle Haven Cottage.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director no executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 36
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
AMIHS collaborates with area historic and preservation organizations on an informal basis:
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
Manatee Historical Society
City of Anna Maria Preservation Ordinance Committee
AMI Cultural Connections Organization 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of ExcellenceTrip Advisor2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
We have no employees, we are an all volunteer organization.
Our board is a very engaged board providing services and participating on every level of the museum duties as well as running our events. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Currently, AMIHS has a website, a YouTube channel, a Facebook Page and also we store all of our artifact and document images on ehive.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Lynn R Brennan
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer / Retired MSA
Board Term Feb 2017 to Feb 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Lynn Brennan community volunteer
Mrs. Arlene Clarke Community Volunteer
Ms. Patricia Copeland community volunteer
Mrs. Nancy Deal Community Volunteer
Ms Caryn Hodge community volunteer
Mrs. Evelyn Hoskins Community Volunteer
Mr. George McKay City of Anna Maria Public Works Director
Ms Barbara Murphy community volunteer
Mrs. Valerie Wilson Community volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization We hold 8 board meetings a year, January-May, October-December.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $26,000.00
Projected Expenses $26,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$24,173$79,353$22,790
Administration Expense$2,191$11,141$12,145
Fundraising Expense($313)$3,086$1,877
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.841.010.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%85%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%10%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$85,374$63,468$0
Current Assets$70,643$48,737$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$85,374$63,468$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $26,686Program Service Revenue $57,481Program Service Revenue $15,181
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $12,281Contributions, gifts, grants $26,441Contributions, gifts, grants $7,945
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $2,710Investment Income $3,690Membership Dues $3,463
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information was taken from the profit & loss statements and balance sheets.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support as they were not separated in the financial information provided. No balance sheets were provided for 2013 & 2014.
Nonprofit Anna Maria Island Historical Society Inc
Address PO Box 4315
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone 813 758-3234