March 3, 2021 – A group of more than 20 Sanibel Historical Village volunteers gathered recently to begin planning – and crafting – for the upcoming holiday season. The month-long event is called “Timelines, Trees, and Special Memories” and will feature fun and educational decorations in each of nine historic homes.

“Each building will have a special timeline of all the generations and purposes it served,” explained Gayle Pence, one of the program’s chairs. “The tree decorations and the displays will reflect the unique purpose, events and items that showcase each building’s memorable past.”

This program will share history and decorations that have never before been shared by the Historical Village.

More than 40 volunteers are involved with this project doing extensive research and making special ornaments and displays. These decorations will be displayed for the Village’s special holiday events.

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

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