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Historical Village spotlights some of its volunteers

By Staff | Jan 9, 2019

Ginny Darby

There are approximately 120 volunteers currently working at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Their duties run the gamut, from greeting guests at the door, to working in the museum store and giving tours, to farming the pioneer garden.

“We’d like to both recognize our volunteers’ contributions and share with the community what it means to be part of the Historical Village family,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said.

Ginny Darby came to the village in the fall of 2017. She comes from Dubuque, Iowa, and now spends about seven months on Sanibel and five months in Madison, Wisconsin. Darby was a high school teacher and theater director, directing well over 100 plays and musicals. She most often volunteers in the Rutland house and just recently led her first full tour of the village. Darby said she has always been fascinated with history.

Carol DiCorpo started working at the village seven years ago, in 2011. She hails from Avon Lake, Ohio, and stays on Sanibel seven months of the year. A vacation in 1974 brought her to Sanibel, and she has not missed a year since. She serves as a docent in the museum. For Luminary this year, she was a docent in the Rutland House, the first house brought to the village back in 1984. She enjoys the museum store and people the most.

Connie Jump joined the village’s family of volunteers in 2015. She is from the Indianapolis area but has lived all over the United States and in Scotland. Jump lives full-time in Southwest Florida except for visits up north several times a year to see her grandchildren. She first vacationed on Sanibel in 1988 after reading about it in a Conde Nast Traveler magazine. In addition to volunteering, Jump also makes silverware wind chimes that are sold in the museum store and helps with graphic design projects.

Connie Jump

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at www.sanibelmuseum.org.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road.

Carol DiCorpo