About North Myrtle Beach Historic Preservation Society
The North Myrtle Beach Historic Preservation Society (NMBHPS) is a nonprofit tax exempt 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the North Myrtle Beach Area’s historic sites, buildings, historic documents, and natural history.
NMBHPS strives to foster interest in and encourage preservation. We support and collaborate with local and state museums, other historical societies and preservation groups to educate and pursue common preservation and conservation goals. We strongly advocate for preservation and protection of North Myrtle Beach’s Natural History. NMBHPS believes that history is made every day and the actions we take now will create a rich history for tomorrow.
Board of Directors
Susan Platt President
Brittany Callahan Vice President
Cathy Altman Secretary
Morgan Livingston Treasurer
A Brief History of the North Myrtle Beach Historic Preservation Society
In 2016 a tract of land in the heart of North Myrtle Beach known to locals as Ingram Dunes came into danger of being destroyed by development. This 9.4-acre stretch of 30-50 foot tall relic dunes and coastal maritime forest was formed 80,000 to 120,000 years ago and is covered in well-worn paths carved by generations of locals walking the land. Concerned neighbors who saw the signs posted for rezoning request immediately became involved and lobbied to try and save the site from development. After persistence from citizens, the City of North Myrtle Beach City Council committed to try to save the site and pledged $500,000 toward the purchase of the land. The City also applied to the South Carolina Conservation Bank for the remainder of the monies needed to purchase the site for a public park. The Bank awarded the City $510,000 - the largest award ever to be granted in Horry County. Citizens were encouraged to fundraise a contribution to the purchase as well. In 2018 Brittany Callahan, Susan Platt, Morgan Livingston and Cathy Altman formed the NMBHPS for a few reasons: we wanted to fundraise and be nonprofit, we saw a need in the community for a historic preservation society (natural history and conservation included) and we wanted to continue on with historic preservation and conservation projects into the future after Ingram Dunes. Today their fundraising efforts continue for preservation and conservation projects across the North Myrtle Beach area.