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Historical society to debut film on history of Buck Key

By Staff | Mar 28, 2018

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Reservations are being taken for the premiere of a documentary on the history of Buck Key.

Presented by the Captiva Island Historical Society, “BUCK KEY – Island of History and Mystery” will debut April 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the South Seas Island Resort. The seventh film in the “Captiva Memories” series, it was produced in collaboration with Ken Sneeden & Associates.

“Buck Key is just sort of a mystery,” Molly Downing, a member of the board of directors for the Captiva Island Historical Society, said. “Everybody knows that it’s a mangrove-covered island, but it really has an interesting history that predates Captiva and kind of foreshadows what happened.”

“It even had a school at one point on Buck Key,” she added.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

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Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be available from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

As of March 21, approximately 100 people had registered for the premiere.

“The ballroom can hold over 200,” Downing said. “So there’s certainly plenty of seats.”

Ken Sneeden & Associates, which created the last film in the series called “Blind Pass: The Bridge That Connects,” focused on the story of Buck Key. There are interviews with historians and materials, such as photos, documents and postcards, from the archives of the Captiva Island Historical Society.

“As well as interviews with people whose families have been around Captiva and Buck Key for generations,” she said. “There’s nobody that lives on Buck Key now.”

The documentary also touches on what is being done to prevent development on the island.

“It’s such a beautiful gem of unspoiled nature,” Downing said. “The thrust now is to try and focus on the preservation of Buck Key.”

The society initiated the “Captiva Memories” series to help preserve local history.

“All of the documentaries, so far, have included interviews with, very often, older residents of Captiva,” she said. “So as not to lose the treasures of stories that they can tell about the early days, which are so different than the Captiva of today.”

“It’s quite wonderful to preserve the old stories, so they don’t get lost,” Downing added.

Eventually, the films will be turned into DVDs and made available to the public.

The premiere for the Blind Pass documentary attracted a full house.

“There were a good 200 (people) that came to that,” she said.

Downing encouraged the community to reserve its seats for the newest film.

“Captiva and Buck Key used to be joined, so it’s very much a part of the geological history of the island, but also the settlers’ history,” she said. “I think very little has been written about Buck Key because there haven’t been any recent settlements on Buck Key.”

“It’s about our background,” Downing added. “It’s a good evening of learning.”

To reserve a seat, contact 239-472-2323 or mail@captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org.

The South Seas Island Resort is at 5400 Plantation Road.