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Sanibel showcases its history for the Florida Trust For Historic Preservation

By Staff | May 18, 2010

Members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in front of Sanibel’s second Post Office, built in 1926 from salvaged wood recovered following the 1926 hurricane.

Members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation were in town last week for the 32nd Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The Lee County Historic Trust hosted dozens of architects, historians,  archivists, artisans and those interested in preserving the history of small towns across Florida.

Thirty conference attendees took advantage of an opportunity to tour the Sanibel Lighthouse and the Sanibel  Historical Museum and Village. Alex Werner, President of the Sanibel Historical Museum Board of Directors, was the tour guide at the Lighthouse and the Historical Village.

Several trust members commended the City of Sanibel, the Historical Preservation Committee, the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and countless volunteers who have worked together to protect, preserve and share Sanibel’s history. When they returned to the conference, their enthusiasm spilled over because 20 more members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation dropped by the Sanibel Historical Village the following day.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, currently celebrating its 25th year, is comprised of seven historic buildings which have been preserved and moved to the Village site. Each building contains exhibits and artifacts highlighting Sanibel’s past. Many of the island’s pioneer families are featured, as well as their commercial endeavors in agriculture, fishing, and tourism.

The Historical Village is now open on Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, 18 and older. Children are free. The Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG Arts). For more information, please call 472-4648 during business hours.