November 19, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village will take part in the third annual “Museum Store Sunday,” sponsored by the Museum Store Association. The event is December 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance to the store is free, but the museum and village will be closed.


“We will have a wide variety of merchandise for sale,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said, “from jewelry and hand-crafted pine needle baskets, Calusa reproductions, cookbooks, history books, toys, and more. We are lucky to have two local artisans on hand to demonstrate their crafts. Gisela Damandl will be weaving her pine needle baskets, and museum volunteer and artisan Connie Jump will demonstrate her creative necklaces and wind chimes.”


Also on hand will be Jonathan Helmreich with his new coloring book for all ages, “Colorful Sanibel.” The book is exclusive to the Historical Village gift shop and boasts 22 pages of designs suitable for children or adults.


Museum Store Sunday is a global annual event to help museum stores increase community engagement and advocate for nonprofit retail while showcasing the products unique to each store involved. More than 1,200 stores representing all 50 states are participating. The event follows Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, and precedes Cyber Monday. “We’re trying to keep the shopping going during this popular weekend,” Alfino said.


Stuart Hata, co-chair of the national Museum Store Sunday Committee said, “It is important to include local artisans because Museum Store Sunday is our global annual day of advocacy celebrating how museum stores are resources for local communities and their visitors.” Hata believes it is important to show support for cultural institutions and their stores and to patronize museums.


To learn more about Museum Store Sunday, visit www.museumstoresunday.org.


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to preserve, share, and celebrate Sanibel’s history. The museum will remain open during the BIG ARTS construction project. The project will possibly continue through January, but parking and access for village guests and volunteers will be available throughout that time. The traditional entrance to the village is open, 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 www.sanibelmuseum.org or call (239) 472-4648 during business hours.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and $15 for non-members (adults ages 18 years and up).  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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