The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village recently added a Volunteer Update Conference, “Algiers”, to its website. Starring village board members Sherry Halleran and Ginny Darby, joined by member Pete Darby, it tells the story of what has been called Sanibel’s first mansion – Algiers.
The Algiers was actually a Mississippi riverboat purchased in 1959 and refurbished to reside on 25 acres with 1,000 feet of waterfront in what is now Gulfside City Park. It became a lavish luxury residence, but was only lived in for a few months, as owner Lathrop Brown – who was residing there with his wife, Helen – passed away suddenly. Purchased by the city in 1979, the boat languished until an auction was held, after which its remains were demolished to make way for Gulfside City Park.
To watch the video, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org and click on “Volunteer Updates” under the “Volunteers” tab at the top of the page.
Volunteer Update Discussions are typically informal events held at Shore Haven for volunteers and members level $ 150 and above. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch and listen to a variety of island icons and others tell about important and interesting aspects of Sanibel history. This year’s events are unfolding without a live audience, as per CDC guidelines.