Children 12 and under are invited to test the remounted school bell at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village!  Now that the City of Sanibel has repaired the historic schoolhouse, the Sanibel Fire Department on Tuesday, June 18, at 9AM will install the bell that was blown off the roof during Hurricane Ian. Once the bell is installed, one child, chosen at random, will get the chance to be the first to ring the bell. Later, after the official ceremonies, all children of all ages (even if over 65) will be allowed to ring the bell once.

“This is a classic example of how our community works together. The City repaired the building, Michael Galloway, a volunteer, restored the bell, and now our Fire Department comes to the final rescue!”, said Ty Symroski, President of the SHMV.


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to Big Arts). It is open now through July 31, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Village will be closed August and September and re-open for season Tuesday, October 15.