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CIHS to award first ‘Guardian of History’ Award

By Staff | Jan 7, 2020

Tickets are on sale for the Captiva Island Historical Society’s next event on its 2019-2020 schedule, which will recognize the exceptional work of one island historian with a recently created award.

“Homage to History” will take place on Jan. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Captiva Island Yacht Club, with the CIHS to present the first-ever Betty Anholt “Guardian of History” Award. According to officials, the distinction was named in honor of Anholt as she is the first recipient to be awarded it.

“The tribute honors a ‘Guardian of History’ for their ‘Lifetime achievement in interpreting and sharing history of the islands,'” the CIHS reported.

A standing-ovation tribute to Anholt, the event will include the award presentation, an intimate dinner and opportunity to learn about Anholt through a tribute video that will highlight her body of work.

“Betty, I think, is without a doubt the most accomplished and longstanding living island historian,” Board President Tom Libonate previously stated, noting that she has helped to provide commentary for the documentaries created by the CIHS. “It’s a lifetime achievement award for folks who helped to foster and perpetuate and share island history.”

In addition to her historical contributions, Anholt recently published her first novel, “Turtle Coast,” which is currently available at MacIntosh Books and Paper, at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel.

Tickets are $75 and include dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks. The $200 value for the evening is being partially underwritten by the CIHS and a grant awarded by the Charitable Foundation of the Islands.

To purchase tickets, visit www.captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org or www.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit the CIHS Website or call 239-472-2323.

The Captiva Island Yacht Club is at 15903 Captiva Drive, Captiva.