Historical Village Prepares for Upcoming Benefit

The Sanibel Historical Village will host a “Let’s Get Historical!” dinner and dance at 6 p.m. March 15 on the village grounds. The benefit will support the ongoing needs of the historical village. “Our needs range from everything from painting to roof repair,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfi no. “We need to paint the buildings […]

Historical Village to Hold Volunteer Training

The Sanibel Historical Village board and committee members will conduct a special training program to get new volunteers started and to help current volunteers refresh their memories about the many historical buildings, artifacts, and stories to share with visitors. Volunteers should call Emilie at 472-4648. The program will consist of two classes. The first of […]

Historical Village Gets New Signs

New informational signs have been installed at the Sanibel Historical Village, thanks to a donation from Al and Sally Hanser on behalf of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. Historical Village Manager Emilie Alfino said, “Signage is one of the most important things at a museum. Ours were in dismal condition, and we’re thrilled with the new signs. Many people […]

Historical Village Seeking 1950s Items for Christmas Display

The Historical Village is seeking to borrow 1950s memorabilia for its Christmas display this year. The theme will be “Christmas Vacation: Coming to Sanibel for a 1950s Christmas.” The festivities will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Luminary Day, December 2. The event will highlight what it was like here on Sanibel during Christmas in the 1950s. “We […]

Historical Village To Hold Free Admission Day

For the third year in a row, the Sanibel Historical Museum will offer free admission for all visitors on Saturday, June 18. The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village tells the story of Sanibel from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors. The island’s way of life is recreated in a […]

Calusa Day Coming To Historical Village

The Sanibel Historical Village will again honor the Calusa Indians with a festive and informative day-long event, Calusa Day, on Wednesday, March 23. The Calusa people had a complex society for over a thousand years before contact with Ponce de Leon in 1513. By the 17th century, there were few Calusa left. The historical village has artifacts from archaeological digs that […]

Clocks On Display At Historical Museum

In a nod to daylight savings time, clocks from the early 1900s are on display at the Sanibel Historical Village through April 9. “Inspired by daylight savings time, the display crew at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village has dusted off some vintage clocks and put them on display in each of the buildings,” explained Deb Gleason, chair of the village’s Display Committee and chair […]

Historical Village To Celebrate Calusa Day

The Sanibel Historical Village will again honor the Calusa Indians with a festive and informative day-long event, Calusa Day, on Wednesday, March 23. “The Calusa people had a complex society for over a thousand years before contact with Ponce de Leon in 1513,” said Paula Newton, chair of Calusa Day. “By the 17th century, there were few Calusa left. […]

Historical Village Thanks San-Cap Rotary

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’ […]

Food From Historical Village Garden Helps FISH

The Sanibel Historical Village is sharing the bounty from its garden with FISH (Friends In Service Here), to help them help people in need. The village’s garden produces tomatoes, cabbage, beans, peas, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, and more. “We have the garden as a way to demonstrate that Sanibel was not always a tourist economy but started as an agricultural community,” said museum manager Emilie […]