CIHS Documentaries


The Captiva Island Historical Society has produced nine documentary films
in our "Captiva Memories" collection.



Additionally, the CIHS has collaborated with the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village for the production of two documenatries.

Told first hand, these documentaries capture the history of the islands.
[Watch the film trailers below]


CIHS Documentaries Are Streamed FREE on YouTube


"Captiva Memories" Volume X

Laughter to Legacy - Captiva's Jensen Family

The feature-length film produced by acclaimed CIHS documentarian Ken Sneeden chronicles the history of Twin Palm cottages; the effect the Jensen family has had on Captiva and why those Jensens laughed so much!   Running time: 56 minutes.


"Captiva Memories" Volume IX

Tight Lines & Big Fish Stories:
The History of Angling on Captiva ©2022

Award-winning producer Ken Sneeden has once again 'reeled in' an enlightening and entertaining feature-length film which chronicles how Captiva Island came to be defined by fishing.  Running time: 65 minutes.



"Captiva Memories" Volume VIII

Sands Of Time: History of Erosion on Captiva ©2020

The documentary chronicles the geologic and social history of coastal erosion on Captiva Island, a Florida Gulf Coast barrier island. Running time: 38 minutes.



"Captiva Memories" Volume VII

Buck Key: Island of History and Mystery ©2018

The surprising story of Buck Key, its Calusa occupants and the early community and plantations that foreshadowed Captiva’s settlement. Running time: 35 minutes.



"Captiva Memories" Volume VI

South Seas: Captiva's Enduring Paradise ©2016

Features the history of the changing shoreline of northern Captiva through hurricanes, then its early island residents, its rich farmland for crops, and then its becoming a world renowned resort destination. Running time: 40 minutes.

"Captiva Memories" Volume V

Our Mailboat Santiva ©2015

Santiva, the old mailboat, which serviced Captiva and Sanibel prior to the construction of the Sanibel Causeway in 1963, inspired the concept and layout of the History Gallery. Running time: 15 minutes.


"Captiva Memories" Volume IV

Artists & Authors ©2014

Friends and relatives of Robert Rauschenberg, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Maybelle Stamper, and J.N. "Ding" Darling tell invaluable stories that capture the spirit of Captiva and its meaning to these four world class artists and authors. Running time: 49 minutes.

"Captiva Memories" Volume III

By The Sea ©2013

Oral Histories of old stories by Georgia Hemphill, Zeke McDonald, Ginger and George Parker and Mark Lewis. Running time: 38 minutes.

"Captiva Memories" Volume II

Earth, Wind & Water ©2012

Dottie Wakefield, Bob Sabatino, Kristie Anders, Matt Hall and John Dickey share memories of the characters and times of Captiva Island, including Hurricane Charley. Running time: 35 minutes.



"Captiva Memories" Volume I

A New Film of Old Stories ©2011

Return to the early years on Captiva Island. Listen as voices echo memories of the characters and times of our small barrier island. Running time: 35 minutes.


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CIHS & Sanibel Historical Museum Joint Production

Blind Pass: The Bridge That Connects 

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first Blind Pass Bridge, the Captiva Island Historical Society and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village partnered to chronicle the history of the place where the two islands overlap.
Running time: 35 minutes.



CIHS & Sanibel Historical Museum Joint Production

Be Our Guest: History of Lodging on Sanibel & Captiva

In the second collaboration between the Captiva Island Historical Society and the
Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, this full-length documentary takes a closer look at historic accommodations of the two islands; from rooming home to resorts.
Running time: 49 minutes.

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Bridging the Past and the Present