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Anholt joins CIHS board

By CIHS - | Oct 14, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Betty Anholt

The Captiva Island Historical Society recently welcomed Betty Anholt to its board of directors.

One of the most knowledgeable experts on local history, her experience ranges from archaeological digs to the social and natural history of Southwest Florida. Last January, the CIHS board and its guests enjoyed honoring Anholt as she humbly accepted its first Guardian of History Award.

“The breadth and scope of Betty’s life work, her dedication and generosity will be most valuable gifts to the Captiva Island Historical Society,” CIHS Board President Tom Libonate.

She first came to Sanibel and Captiva as a child, vacationing from New Jersey. Subsequently, Anholt and her husband settled on the islands shortly after her graduation from Rutgers University. She absorbed the lore of the islands, recounted by long-time locals, then researched additional sources to develop informative guided tours. Anholt wrote “The Trolley Guide to Sanibel and Captiva” and five books on coastal history. In 2018, she co-authored “Protecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands: The Conservation Story” with Charles LeBuff and most recently published her first novel, “Turtle Coast.”

Anholt has written monthly articles on Captiva history for the Captiva Current and won first place statewide for a monthly column series in the Sanibel-Captiva Islander from the Florida Press Association. She has volunteered her time on the boards of a number of diverse local organizations, including the Sanibel Public Library, where she has worked for 20 years.

Anholt is a life member of the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society and worked at sites from Georgia to the Marco Island Cushing site. She has done numerous oral histories and transcriptions for the library and also one of primary source material for Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as film and television consulting on the history of Florida.