History Repeats Itself
Historic Photo Restaged on Captiva
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari for the Island Sun
About 40 people from the Captiva community took part in the restaging of a history photo in front of Captiva Chapel by the Sea November 22, as the Captiva Island Historical Society hosted “History Repeats Itself.”
This original photo was taken on Captiva in 1918, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. (Photo provided)
Members of the Captiva community gather November 22 to restage a photo taken in the same location in 1918
as part of Captiva Island Historical Society’s “History Repeats Itself” event. (Photo by Kathy Kurtz Ferrari)
A “then and now” photo was taken in the same location as a photo taken during a community gathering in front of the chapel in 1918, the year of the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Islanders gather on the chapel grounds for the photo
The modern photo shows people wearing masks and socially distanced, as evidence of the environment in 2020 on the island.
CIHS President Tom Libonate preparing to remake history
The photo will be added to the historical society’s collection along with the original photo, which is displayed in a frame inside the chapel.
Watch a Video of the Remaking of Captiva History
The Captiva Island Historical Society wish to thank the historic Captiva Chapel by the Sea community, particularly the Reverend Larry Marshall and his wife Rosie.
Thank you also to our Board members Mary Jane Vinson and Mike Boris for orchestrating the seating and responsible spacing. And to volunteers Kathy Ferrari for taking the “official” photograph and Merni Libonate for taking video footage.