The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club recently donated $5,000 to the Sanibel Historical Village. The money is for two things: (1) to mitigate the cost of the museum’s free admission for children under 18 years of age, and (2) to pay for a short film on Black History on Sanibel that will run continuously in the museum’s Caretakers’ Cottage.
“Rotary’s charitable priorities are to work only with organizations where we can directly see the impact of our contribution and whose work is consistent with Rotary’s priorities,” said San-Cap Rotary Board Director Alex Werner. “Education is one of our top priorities, and that’s what the historical village does, particularly by having free admission for children and by featuring Black History on Sanibel in one of its buildings.”
Historical Village Manager Emilie Alfino said, “We’re very grateful to Rotary for these gifts. The film is a wonderful addition to our Caretakers’ Cottage – indeed, we’ve never had anything like it here.
“Also, the village has never charged for children, and we’ve worked hard to keep our costs down to be able to do it. This donation from Rotary is very helpful, and we’re very grateful,” Alfino said.
The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village opens for season November 5. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to all buildings. Admission is $10 for adults (18 and over). Members and children are free. For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.