The Captiva Island Historical Society has launched its Founders Circle for donors who are interested in preserving the island's history.
"(The Captiva Island Historical Society) wants to preserve the historical documents we know already exist," said Phill Urion, who is a member of the newly developed board. "We want to share the history with the community at large and have a program to record and film oral history with people who know the history of Captiva."
As a result of the Captiva History Project that produced the digital film "Captiva Memories" shown to 150 people last year, the Captiva Historical Society was recently incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and registered with the State of Florida. Since then computing and scanning equipment has been purchased, along with special museum software to archive documents.
Additionally, a nine member board has been established with an intern currently preserving valuable historic documents. A new film of oral histories is being created by filmmaker Rusty Farst ready for public viewing in late March.
"We are a barrier island," said Urion about the importance of preserving Captiva's history, "and something could wipe it out in an instant. So we have been documenting its history for preservation in years to come and share it with historical societies statewide."
To become a member of the Founder's Circle, make a tax-deductible donation to the Captiva Island Historical Society at one of three levels: Scholar, $5,000; Historian, $2,500; and Archivist, $1,000. Funds will assist in operating the CIHS on a sustained basis by developing a web site, continuing to capture oral histories and developing a self-guided historical walking tour of Captiva Village.
Founder's Circle members will be recognized on Captiva's historical society's web site, receive a DVD of the upcoming film, have a reserved seat at the showing of the film and be a guest at the Founder's Circle party March 8 at the home of new historical society board president Jim Pigott and his wife Gaye.
Other board members are Molly Barbee, Mike Boris, Dave Jensen, Meri Kulina, Debby MacKenzie, Cindy Sargent and Shirley Stanton.
Donations to the Captiva Island Historical Society may be mailed to: PO Box 163, Captiva, FL 33924