Meet Some Historical Village Volunteers

March 7, 2019 – There are approximately 120 volunteers currently working at the Sanibel Historical Village. Their duties run the gamut, from greeting guests at the door, to working in the museum store, to giving tours, and to farming the pioneer garden. “We’d like to both recognize our volunteers’ contributions and share with the community […]

Historical Village to Present the History of Periwinkle Park

March 1, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village is preparing its next Twilight Talk, to take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at The Community House. The topic will be The History of Periwinkle Park as told by the Muench family. Tickets cost $10 per person. Periwinkle Park has been part of the […]

Historical Village Celebrates Women’s History Month with Exhibit

March 1, 2018 – The Sanibel Historical Village is proud to honor some of the women who made history on Sanibel during Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to honor the extraordinary achievements of American women. A different female Sanibel pioneer will be featured in each of the […]

Historical Village Gala Raises Almost $120,000

February 21, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village held its gala fundraiser this week was attended by about 200 people and raised almost $120,000 to help sustain and improve the village. “We exceeded our fundraising goal thanks to our many sponsors and guests, while at the same time everyone enjoyed a really lovely evening,” said […]

Guests Enjoy “Be Our Guest” Movie Presentation

February 13, 2019 - Sanibel Historical Museum & Village and the Captiva Island Historical Society recently partnered to co-produce a full length documentary “Be Our Guest: The History of Lodging on Sanibel & Captiva.” The approximately 45-minute film was presented to a sell-out crowd at The Sanibel Community House. “A lot of people wanted to [...]

Ralph Woodring Speaks to Historical Village Volunteers

February 12, 2019 – Every month, the Sanibel Historical Village holds an event for its volunteers. The aim is to help broaden their knowledge of the history of Sanibel and to meet and mingle with fellow volunteers. This week, island icon Ralph Woodring, whose grandfather was one of Sanibel’s original homesteaders, talked to the group […]

Ark Shells Needed for Historical Village Display

February 12, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village is asking people to collect ark shells for a display it is planning about Clarence Rutland, the owner of the village’s first home. He sold ark shells to Thomas Edison to use for the paths between the houses on Edison’s estate. The cost was 50 cents for […]

Historical Village Expands, Improves Packing House

February 7, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village recently completed a renovation of its Packing House, the building that houses the artifacts that are not currently on display. The renovation added 400 square feet of space, allowing room for storage of larger items. Other improvements included a new entry, new windows, and an improved work [...]


February 6, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village is preparing its next Twilight Talk, to take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at The Community House. It will be a “Sanibel History Quiz,” with the audience taking part in a Jeopardy!-style game format. The questions will be related to Sanibel history. “With local […]


January 31, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village has recently announced that The Grog Shop liquor store will be a silver sponsor of its February 19, 2019, Historical Village Gala, “An Evening on the Old Algiers.” The event is currently sold out. Said Grog Shop Manager Rich Bennett, “Tee Ann Bailey of The Grog Shop […]