December 12, 2018 – What will you do after the holidays? Consider volunteering at the Sanibel Historical Village! The next training classes are January 14 and 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“The museum couldn’t operate without its volunteers. We need volunteers to staff the museum in a variety of ways, from serving as docents to helping with mailings,” said executive director Emilie Alfino. “We have a devoted group of volunteers now and hope to add more in the coming year.” Volunteers work either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other tasks, such as decorating or mailings, are done as scheduled by a team leader.

The village always needs new volunteers. There are opportunities to lead tours or welcome visitors in just one of the historic buildings. Some volunteers like to work in the museum store. There are also opportunities to help with event planning, decorating, and administrative tasks. Training takes place January 14 and 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Interested people are encouraged to call Emilie at (239) 472-4648 or email her at “It’s easy to find something you like to do and enjoy. We’re a friendly family here,” Alfino added. If the training dates are inconvenient for someone, the museum will gladly offer additional training.

Volunteers are offered special educational opportunities and lectures, as well as a 20 percent discount at the museum store. Several social gatherings are held each year.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and 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 Sanibel Historical 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