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Historical Village spotlights some of its volunteers

By Staff | Nov 15, 2019

Mary Jean Green

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.

“As season gets underway, 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. “Volunteering at the village is a great opportunity to be part of a committed, dedicated – and fun – group.”

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

– Mary Jean Green started volunteering about four years ago, after she and her husband were able to spend most of the year on Sanibel. Green was a professor of French and comparative literature and associate dean at Dartmouth College and spent part of her time directing Dartmouth’s foreign study programs in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon and Blois. During the summer months, she resides on Cape Cod, where she is a docent for the local Wellfleet Historical Society.

Green most enjoys volunteering in the Old Bailey Store, where tells visitors about the history of Sanibel and of general stores like Bailey’s throughout small isolated towns all over the United States.

John Barbieri

– John Barbieri started volunteering in January. From July to January, he lives in the London borough of Richmond located upon the Thames and spends the other six months on Sanibel. Barbieri worked for 25 years in the city of London in the foreign exchange market and then practiced law in Wimbledon for 15 years. His parents retired to Sanibel in 1986 and Barbieri visited them on a regular basis. In 2017, he inherited their house and began his seasonal stay on the island.

Usually stationed in the Shore Haven building, Barbieri loves the reaction when visitors learn it is a Sears & Roebuck kit home. He most enjoys working with the other volunteers and meeting the visitors.