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Historical Village spotlights some of its volunteers

By Staff | Apr 17, 2019

Carol Brodersen

At the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, the duties of the volunteers run the gamut, from greeting guests at the door, to working in the store and giving tours, to farming the pioneer garden.

The following are some of the faces visitors to the village may meet:

– Carol Brodersen started volunteering 18 years ago in 2001. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago and later Wisconsin, where she was an elementary school teacher, Brodersen stays on Sanibel from October to May every year. She came to the island after visiting her brother and sister-in-law in 1999.

Brodersen started as a docent – her first guest was Sam Bailey – then did scheduling for a year. She did some cataloging when the museum started to inventory its collection and organized and printed brochures for past fashion shows. For the last few years, Brodersen has clipped newspaper articles on the museum and organized them in a binder. She also helps decorate Morning Glories for Luminary.

– Barbara Eisenberg started volunteering 15 years ago. There was a call for helpers to move the old school, then The Pirate Playhouse, to the village and restore it. She arrived and was assigned to hold up the electric and telephone wires with a long wooden pronged pole as the old building slowly went by on Periwinkle Way to its place in the village.

Barbara Eisenberg

Originally from Solon, Ohio, Eisenberg has been a snowbird for 38 years, having a mobile home in Periwinkle Park. She started out in the old Bailey’s General Store, sharing stories and history about the fascinating store and the daily lifestyles the residents and visitors lived back them.

– A Sanibel resident who stays on-island from the end of October to mid-June, Ted Hoesel spends his summer months in Port Townsend, Washington. Hoesel worked for Bell Telephone Laboratory doing particle physics tours and prairie ecology tours. He also worked as a docent at the Naperville Museum Village, which consists of 13 buildings.

Hoesel was an AKC tracking judge and director of training for the Canine Search Group. He trained dogs for hunting and taught dog obedience for the Naperville Park District.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at “http://www.sanibelmuseum.org”>www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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

Ted Hoesel