BRADENTON, Fla. — After spending her last 36 years carefully organizing and uncovering history in Manatee County, Cathy Slusser is closing the book on her career.

  • Manatee County historian Cathy Slusser to retire
  • Slusser has shared more than 150 years of historical records
  • After 36 years, her last day is February 28

Since 1984, Slusser has worked in the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Historical Resources Department. During her time there, she helped to make more than 150 years of historical records were accessible to anyone who dropped by the 4th Ave W library.

“This was my dream from the time that I was in middle school,” Slusser said.

While she’s a seasoned historian, Slusser calls herself a storyteller. She’s enjoyed turning historical records into stories for the thousands of people who have walked through the doors.

“This is about stories, this isn't a list of dates and names, and I'm going to miss that a lot,” she said.

Her last day will be February 28, 2020. Afterwards, she will be taking off for a seven month camping trip across the country where she plans to visit all 50 states.

Watch the video above as reporter Angie Angers shows us the impact Slussler has left on Manatee County.