February 18, 2021 – Some new educational entertainment is available on the Sanibel Historical Village’s website,


Kenneth and Eugene Gavin and SHMV Board Member Annette Hendrick

First, the Gavin brothers, Eugene and Ken, visited the village for a Volunteer Update event to talk about black history on Sanibel. It is very informative and sometimes surprising. You can view the video here,

Second, the “Fish (& Fishy!) Stories of Sanibel” Twilight Talk featuring Jim Pickens, Ray Rhodes, and Ty Symroski is a must-see with lots of laughs. You can view the twilight talk here,




These events are being held in compliance with CDC guidelines, with masks and social distancing required. “Our Volunteer Updates are done without a live audience due to the virus, so our guests are speaking just to the camera and the moderator,” said Emilie Alfino, executive director. “I think it makes it a little harder for them, but it has been working out very well for our audience.” Twilight Talks this year have been held outdoors with fewer than 50 people attending to allow for social distancing.

The next Volunteer Update will be about The Algiers, and the video will be available by mid-March. “We are postponing future Twilight Talks to early next year, hoping we can have a larger – and live – audience at that time,” Alfino said.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Summer Hours: May 1- July 31, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be closed entirely beginning August 1st and will reopen October 15th). 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 non-members (adults ages 18 years and up). Donations are greatly appreciated to assist in our Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

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