Wendi Shawn Lewis

Wendi Shawn Lewis born February 12, 1973 passed away October 17, 2016. Wendi is the daughter of Walter G. Lewis and Vicki Lynn Lewis (deceased). Wendi is survived by her father Walter G. Lewis, daughter Rylee Lynn Overstreet, sister Candy Jean Lewis, her loving companion Tony Taylor, and stepmother Margaret Britnell Lewis and many family and friends.

Published in: on October 19, 2016 at 8:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Mark H. Burnett

Mark H. Burnett, 73, of Bradenton, died Sept. 29.

He was born Nov. 15, 1942. in Bradenton to Herman and Elizabeth Guthrie Burnett.

He was raised in and around the Cortez area, was a lifelong resident of Bradenton, and a nurseryman.

He was a member of Elwood Baptist Church and the Florida Anthropology Society and Tampa Bay Fossil Club.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include wife Josephine; children Mike, John, Thomas, Dennis and Colleen, all of Bradenton; sister Sara Moore; step-children Mike, Chris and David Heath and Debra Osborne; grandchildren Michael, Chris, Austin, Sarah, Chelsea, Brandon, Josh, Cecelia and Michael.

Published in: on October 6, 2016 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cortez Center Hosts Reception

From the Anna Maria Island Sun – September 28, 2016

Published in: on September 28, 2016 at 9:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Cortez Village Historical Societies new website is ready to view!

Hello Cortez Friends!

The Cortez Village Historical Society is pleased to announce our website is now ready for you to view. http://www.cortezvillagehistoricalsociety.org this will help keep you informed on the happening’s at The Cultural Center as well as activities in the village.

Our Facebook page The Cortez Village Cultural Center . is also a great way to see pictures and articles on the village as well. Our other great news to share with you is our Giving Challenge results came to a WHOPPING $15,275.00 Thanks to all that gave. The team is already hard at work putting these funds to work on our many projects, Stayed tuned for updates and pictures.

Join us this Friday September 30th from 5-7 at the Cultural Center for a Free backyard picnic as we celebrate our newest exhibit. Enjoy images and history of the AP Bell Fish House that has been at the center of the commercial fishing industry in Historic Cortez Village for years. Kids can check out our new children’s area on the back porch.

Hot dogs, baked beans, salad and drinks will be provided. Come enjoy the evening with us. Parking available at the center 11655 Cortez Rd. Cortez 34215

Sincerely, C.V.H.S.




Published in: on September 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  


Cortez Village Historical Society (Cultural Center)


​For 24 hours, starting at noon tomorrow TUESDAY September 20th to noon on WEDNESDAY September 21st your donation will be matched THREE times as part of the 2016 Giving Challenge Your donation of $25 becomes a $75, $50 becomes $150, and $100 turns into a $300 donation! (Matched up to $100)

Your donation is being matched by The Sarasota Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation. The Cortez Village Historical Society has worked extremely hard at being able to participate in this. It has been a long grueling process to be accepted into this challenge along with 500 other non-profit organizations. This the first year for us at the Cortez Village Historical Society and we are very excited!

To participate in The 24 Hour 2016 Giving Challenge:
Make your donation through The Giving Challenge SECURE website, from Noon tomorrow September 20th to Noon September 21st here is a direct link http://bit.ly/GivingChallenge2016 This takes you right their!! Its EASY. All donations are 100% Tax Deductible and a receipt will be sent to the email address your provide. Here are our plans for the donations
1. Buying a computer program to photograph and digitalize all our items to museum standards
2. Make copies of our many oral histories and documentaries that are in various forms
3. Purchase a television that would accommodate the new DVD’s to play our oral histories and documentaries for our visitors to view 4. Our original photographs need museum quality containers for storage
5. Purchase a display case to view the WW ll military uniforms from the men and women from Cortez
6. We would like to add more native plants and trees to our grounds 7. Finish the interacting children’s corner
8. Buying materials to build some raised vegetable gardens for the community
http://bit.ly/GivingChallenge2016 you can click this link as well!!

Our website is still under construction, coming soon! The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.


Copyright © 2016 cortez village historical society, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 663, Cortez FL. 34215

Published in: on September 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cortez Village Cultural Center

by Karen Riley-Love *

For twenty-four hours, starting at noon on September 20th, your donation to the Cortez Village Historical Society will be matched THREE times as part of the 2016 Giving Challenge!

Your donation of $25 becomes a $75 donation!

Your donation of $100 turns into a $300 donation!

Make your donation here http://bit.ly/GivingChallenge2016

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.


Published in: on September 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  


The Cortez Village Historical Society is excited that in just a few more days we will be debuting our new websight! We have been working hard to bring information to our loyal Cortez Village friends near and far. The websight will have our upcoming events, and lots of photos to enjoy! OUR FACEBOOK HAS BEEN UP FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS YOU CAN ENJOY THAT AS WELL LOTS OF GREAT PICTURES! find us at; CORTEZ VILLAGE CULTURAL CENTER

We’re thrilled to be part of the 2016 Giving Challenge through the Sarasota County Community Foundation. It occurs for 24 hours, from noon to noon on September 20-21, you will be able to support the CVHS and our new Cultural Center. The best part?…your donation will be tripled by two foundations, SO for a $25.00 contribution we receive $75.00 and a $100.00 we receive $300.00
All donations are through the Foundation’s secure server. and are 100% tax deductible.
Click Here to find out more and to donate FROM NOON ON SEPTEMBER 20TH TO NOON ON SEPTEMBER 21ST :.https://www.givingpartnerchallenge.org/

or view our giving challenge profile at :http://thegivingpartner.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1147764

The Cortez Cultural Center has come a long way since May of 2013. Our address is 11655 Cortez Rd., PO Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215. We are open Thursdays through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking is available at the Cortez Cultural Center or at the Florida Maritime Museum and at the FISH Preserve.
We have a new roof, donated by Manson Roofing, electrical was done by Reynolds Electric , the house moved by RE Johnson and Son. The inside was totally redone by Bob Landry and John McDonald (volunteers). We have landscaped with 38 new bushes, two trees and lots of native plants with the kind donation from Manatee River Garden Club and planted by C.V.H.S volunteers. The interior now houses displays about Cortez; for example: Cortez history beginning in 1880 through current times, family genealogies, music, Captains and their boats, Women, Veteran, businesses, movies and books about Cortez, and the Albion Inn story..
Copyright © *2016|* *|Cortez Village Historical Society|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is: Cortez Village Historical Society P.O Box 663 Cortez, FL. 34215


Published in: on September 16, 2016 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Help Support CVHS – Giving Challenge Sept 20 -21, 2016

On September 20 – September 21, 2016 from noon to noon, the Cortez Village Historical Society via The Giving Partner will engage our community in a 24-hour online day of giving.

Your contributions to CVHS during these two days will be matched 2 to 1 meaning you will make even more of an impact.

CVHS needs your financial support to continue to do the good work in Cortez.

Put this event on your calendar and plan to make an online contribution using the CVHS link on the web page.

This special matching contribution link will be available only on September 20 and 21, 2016.


The Cortez Cultural Center houses a museum that showcases the history of the Village of Cortez, one of Florida’s last active fishing communities.

Impact Statement

Over the past few years, the organization has changed tremendously, gaining a new space in which to host a public heritage center. In the past year alone, volunteers have restored the historic building including laying a new roof, refinishing the interior including rewiring the building, refinishing floor, ceiling and insulation, installing lighting, creating a wheelchair ramp, and adding climate control. All new exhibits were created, and the Cultural Center opened for business to the public.

Goals for the upcoming year:

  1. Growing our audience and increasing awareness of the Cultural Center’s existence.
  2. We are determined in reaching as many local residents as possible to continue our mission of recording cultural, historical, and genealogical memories of the Village.
  3. We strive to make the public aware of our resources through special events, exhibitions, and programming.
  4. We also continue to work on methods of generating operating revenue and increasing membership.

Objectives for 2016

  1. Open the Cortez Cultural Center Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
  2. Hire and use a museum consultant to assist us with the presentation of our pictures and records.
  3. Write interpretive stories to explain and capture the interests of our visitors.
  4. Using a small museum database tool, digitally record and document our accessions.
  5. Plan a landscape for the cottage that utilizes both ornamental and native Florida plants.

Needs Statement

1. Website site development, including new website to reflect opening of new facility. Also to include hosting domain name registry. $1000 creation, $200/year operation
2. Wifi and phone connection and operating costs. Our ability as a genealogical research facility depends in a large part to access databases. $600/year
3. Archival supplies to continue to preserve artifacts to the highest museum standards. Examples include acid free tissue paper, acid free garment and photo boxes, photographic housing, and accessioning materials. $500, ongoing material use.
4. Printing costs for temporary and changing exhibitions, bi-or tri-annually $500-1000.
5. Exhibition cases, clothing mounts, archival materials for exhibition building. $500-5,000.

Published in: on August 30, 2016 at 11:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Josephine T. Coarsey

Josephine T. Coarsey, 91, Cortez, died Aug 20, 2016. Born in White Haven, PA. moved to Cortez, FL. 72 years ago. Preceded in death by parents; Chester & Julie Okrasinski, loving husband of 72 years Wyman Coarsey.

A loving and devoted housewife and mother of six, Yvonne (Miles) Lacey of Bradenton, Thomas (Sharon) Coarsey of Murphy, NC. Donald (Carol) Coarsey of Palmetto, Debbie Coarsey of Murphy NC. Mark (Becky) Coarsey of Bradenton, FL. Tanya (Joe) Bass of Manchester, TN. 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grands.

Visitation is 12-1pm Tuesday, August 23, 2016 with services to follow at 1pm at Brown & Sons Funeral & Crematory 604 43rd St. Chapel in Bradenton, FL. Pallbearers; Tom Coarsey, Donnie Coarsey, Mark Coarsey, Lee Coarsey, Miles Lacey, Noah Andrews.

Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com

Published in: on August 23, 2016 at 12:09 am  Comments (1)  

Judith Ruth Augsburger


Judith Ruth Augsburger 82, went to be with her Lord Jesus on August 2, 2016. She died at her home in Bluffton, Ohio.

Judith was born to the late John L McDonald and Mamie Ruth (Bonnell) McDonald in Cortez. Raised in a commercial fishing family she grew up eating mullet that her father provided from fishing and it was her favorite meal along with some grits.

On February 12, 1956, she married Bill Augsburger, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1987. Judith was a graduate of Manatee High School and a member of Samoset Baptist Church. She was a beautician, a housekeeper and along with her husband Bill, they owned and operated the Horseshoe Bar in Bluffton Ohio. She was also a Sunday School Teacher and Girl Scout Leader. Judith was preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Sadie Brodman; brother, Joseph McDonald; sister, Jacqueline Mofield. Survivors include son, John Augsburger of Zebulon, NC; daughter, April Dorman of Bluffton, OH; son Kevin Augsburger of Bradenton, FL; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 1:00-2:00PM with Services to follow at 2:00PM, Monday, August 8, 2016 at Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th Street East Bradenton Florida. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street west, Bradenton, FL 34209 is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Maritime Museum 4115 119th Street West Cortez Florida 34215. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Published in: on August 5, 2016 at 7:58 am  Leave a Comment