The collection consists primarily of artifacts that are important to the agricultural history of Manatee County. Artifacts were donated by local citizens, many of whom worked in the agriculture industry. The Museum is currently limited in how many large pieces there is space for, however it is seeking to expand the archives. The Archive Center is a place where visitors and researchers can explore agricultural families and businesses that have greatly impacted the agriculture industry.

 

The Museum is looking for more letters, written and oral histories, photographs, documents, and other ephemera to add to the archive center. In addition, smaller artifacts of special importance to Manatee County's agricultural history are welcome. Please contact our curator with any and all potential donations. 

Artifact Spotlight

 

 

Tropic-Ana Tin Sign

c1952

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Tropicana personified their company with Tropic-Ana in 1951. Tropic-Ana was inspired by a local Bradenton resident who was 4-years old at the time. She also played Tropic-Ana for company parties and special events for a time before she sealed her fate by accidently cutting off her braid. 

This tin sign was often used at the Tropicana booth at the Manatee County fair. Many people fondly remember seeing her on the side of juice cartons and the famous Tropicana juice train. 

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