After research, stakeholder conversations, and strategic planning, the Old Bridge Preservation Society moved to change its name to the “Old Bridge Historical Society”. Members of the local nonprofit group felt that this new name better reflected the mission and future of the organization. This change marks a new beginning as the organization expands its vision and looks to be even more inclusive of local area history.
Old Bridge Preservation Society President, Ann Bokelman said, “We are very pleased to announce our new name, the Old Bridge Historical Society, and logo. Members of our organization feel that the new name better reflects our mission, Bridging Our History and Future Through Education and Preservation. We have documented the history of the Old Bridge and now look to move beyond that and include more of the history and artifacts of the surrounding community.”
To celebrate the change, the public is invited to a formal ribbon cutting at the Old Bridge Museum and Interpretive Center, Sunset Beach on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. A reception for guests on the Old Bridge will immediately follow. At the ribbon cutting the new name and logo will be announced, as well as the launch of a new website, theoldbridge.org, and Facebook page. The new email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org. For ease, people accessing the website, Facebook page, and email address will be automatically re-directed to the new pages.
Community members may notice new signage, new social media accounts and a new website. Programming and hours will be expanded. This summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day the Old Bridge Museum and Interpretive Center increased the number of hours it will be open. The museum and store will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Additional programming has also been added. In addition to the very popular Young Explorers group that meets Wednesdays from June 17 to August 15 at 10:30 a.m., a history walk has been added. Every Thursday until Labor Day at 11:00 a.m. a docent from the Old Bridge Historical Society will conduct a local history walk that begins at the Veteran’s Memorial in the Sunset Beach Town Park and ends at the Old Bridge.
To mark the change in name and purpose, the Old Bridge Historical Society is making an appeal to locals and visitors alike to share with the organization copies (or originals) of photographs, artifacts or written accounts of stories or memories of local history and happenings. These will be gathered and used to create new exhibits for the public to see.
The Old Bridge was a very special part of Sunset Beach. It was a unique pontoon bridge that connected the mainland and the island of Sunset Beach from 1958 to 2010. It was (and is) an integral part of Sunset Beach history and considered to be the heartbeat of Sunset Beach. The Old Bridge Preservation Society was begun in 2010 by interested citizens as a means to preserve the Old Bridge following the new construction of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge. Once the Old Bridge was retired many volunteers have worked together to preserve and restore the Bridge and the Tender House. To honor and celebrate the role that the bridge played in local history, a museum and interpretive center are located at the Old Bridge and Tender House. Visit the Old Bridge, look for new changes in the upcoming weeks and be aware of the increasingly broad focus of the organization, the Old Bridge Historical Society. If you wish to volunteer at the Old Bridge, if you wish to work with visitors or help to create new exhibits please email email@example.com or call 910.363.6585.