Celebrating Centuries of Captiva History

On September 28 2022, Hurricane Ian made landfall in SW Florida, causing unprecedented disruption of life and displacement throughout our island community and surrounding areas.

Regretfully, this requires the Captiva Island Historical Society to suspend our programs and events for the near future.
However, our archives and our critically acclaimed film documentaries (available for purchase or streaming via Amazon.com) will consistantly remain accessible by a simple “click” on their respective links here on our website.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this historic hurricane as we now turn our focus to recovery and brighter days ahead.

Thank you.

Our Archives

The Captiva Island Historical Society archives contain more than 14,000 digitally preserved items; including photographs, postcards, family letters, newspaper articles and oral histories.

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Support History

Your support will help the Captiva Island Historical Society to digitize its archives, maintain the History Gallery, present educational programs, and produce our acclaimed documentaries; all to preserve and share the unique and diverse history of Captiva.

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The Captiva Island Historical Society has produced a collection of film documentaries. Told first hand, these documentaries capture the spirit of the island. DVDs of the complete collection are available, also offered for streaming on Amazon.

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History Gallery

The History Gallery illustrates Captiva’s unique, diverse history. The space takes on the wooden look of the interior of the old mailboat, ‘Santiva," which serviced the islands prior to the construction of the Sanibel Causeway in 1963.

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Bridging the Past and the Present