Two Exhibits Open At Sanibel Historical Village

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Edmund and Elnora Gavin

Two exhibits are now open and will be on view through the end of the month at the Sanibel Historical Village.

February is Black History Month and pictures and texts describing the Black pioneer experience are on view in the Caretakers’ Cottage. Artifacts and photos reflect the family, work, and social lives of members of the Gavin, Jordan, Walker, and Burns families, as well as other Black Sanibel islanders.

In case anyone could possibly forget, Valentine’s Day is celebrated Feb. 14. The Historical Village is highlighting the lives of a number of historical Sanibel couples. Look for the red frames in each building. Also on display throughout the Village is a collection of beautiful and humorous antique valentines. Come and bring your valentine!

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the city of Sanibel’s regulations, masks are required inside the buildings at this time. Full guided tours will resume in January after a hiatus due to COVID. They will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and advance reservations are not required. There is no additional fee for these tours.

The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. The village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit the museum’s website.

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