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 attend who couldn’t because we sold out so quickly,” said Historical Village Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “I’m sure we’ll be doing an encore sometime in the future.” The Captiva island Historical Society will present the documentary again on Monday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the Captiva Civic Center.

The full-length documentary takes a closer look at historic accommodations, from rooming houses to resorts. More than 17 island icons are interviewed in the film. Ellen O’Neil of the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village and Tom Libonate of the Captiva Island Historical Society welcomed the audience and introduced the film. Following the viewing the documentary’s director and producer, Ken Sneeden, along with a number of the people interviewed in the film, came forward to answer questions from the audience.

DVD copies of the documentary are available from both the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village and the Captiva Island Historical Society.

The Sanibel Historical Village is open Tuesdays 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 village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to the buildings. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. For more information or to make a donation, visit or call (239) 472-4648.