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Historical Village spotlights some of its volunteers

February 8, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

There are about 120 volunteers working at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, and 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. "Volunteering at the village is a great opportunity to be part of a committed dedicated - and fun - group."

Kathy Lear started volunteering at the village in 2006. From New Jersey, she stays on Sanibel six months out of the year. In her "previous life," she was a registered nurse, volunteered in a clinic and was a member of many clubs like book and yacht clubs. At the village, Lear leads a tour on Friday afternoons and she been on the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Committee for the past four years.

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Kathy Lear

Ken Gnazzo became a village volunteer in 2017. He is from Farmington, Connecticut, and lives on Sanibel from January through May. His career was in retail as he ran his family's supermarket, which is now in its third generation as his son is in charge. He came to Sanibel via a college acquaintance and serves as a tour guide. His favorite building is the old Bailey General Store, as it relates to his past.

Starting in 2018, Frankie Tozzi is a new addition. She lives in Cape Coral and commutes to Sanibel to volunteer. She lived near Pittsburgh and worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years. Tozzi has been vacationing on Sanibel since the 1980s. Moving to the Cape in 2005, she worked for the Lee County School District for nine years. Tozzi enjoys working in the museum store, and she sometimes docents.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at

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



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