Celebrating Centuries of Captiva History

CIHS Tributes Co-Founder Dave Jensen

The Jensens have been a colorful part of Captiva’s history for over 45 years. As co-founder of the Captiva Island Historical Society, Dave Jensen remained an active Director on our Board, even after relocating to Italy.

Like many of you, we were shocked to learn of Dave's unexpected passing and mourned for his wife Queenie, for the Jensen family, and for our island community. In our grief we pondered, “What can we do now?”

In commemoration, the CIHJS has begun production of a feature-length documentary chronicling Twin Palm Resort, the Jensen's contribution to Captiva, and the many ways Dave will remain in our memories. This documentary will premiere in the 2022-2023 season.

Of all the island organizations, it’s natural the CIHS lead this tribute to the Jensen family and commemoration of Dave. With this in mind, the CIHS established the
Dave Jensen Memorial Fund to underwrite the production of the documentary.

Learn More

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.

See More

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.

Learn More


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 can be acquired for a donation to the CIHS.

See More

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.

Learn More

Bridging the Past and the Present