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Mission Statement

Tybee Island Historical Society

The Mission of the Tybee Island Historical Society is to preserve, develop, and promote the historic resources and legacy of Tybee Island to the benefit of our community, future generations, and nation as a whole by:

Restoring, interpreting, preserving, maintaining, and effectively operating the Tybee Island Light Station, Museum, and all ancillary sites and exhibits; Collecting, preserving, storing, and exhibiting artifacts, documents, photographs, digital records, and images and other archival materials relevant to the cultural, military, maritime, and architectural heritage of Tybee Island; and working with and providing expertise to the City of Tybee Island and community organizations to preserve and promote Tybee’s historic legacy.

Historical Society Staff

Sarah Jones

Executive Director

Nicole Thompson

Director of Operations

Desiree Wood

Director of Membership & Programming

Isabel Lesh

Volunteer Coordinator

Joanne Simpson

Assistant Group & Volunteer Coordinator

Lindsey Peyton

Purchaser & Merchandiser

Joe Porterfield

Grounds Supervisor

Michael Poole

Preservation Specialist & Buildings Supervisor

Cassidy Green

Gift Shop Manager

Pat Austin


Gift Shop

Joanne Simpson


Gift Shop


Katelyn Jones

Gift Shop

Kimmy Wix

Gift Shop

Kelsey Chandler

Archivist & Curator


Board of Directors

Hope Barton, President
Allen Lewis, Vice President
Raynette Evans, Secretary
Bill Blakey, Treasurer

Jane Alexander

Ron Bossick

Beth Hodges

Elisa Schmidt

Jeff Schroll

Nadine Neville-Turpin

Martha Makel

The Tybee Museum was established in 1961 by The Tybee Island Museum Association. The Association is now known as The Tybee Island Historical Society, a non-profit organization which also operates The Tybee Island Light Station in addition to the Tybee Museum. The purpose of the Museum is the same today as it was in 1961 - to interpret the rich history of Tybee Island.

A man on scaffolding works on restoring the lighthouse

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