Celebrating Boca Grande’s bridges in November

October 28, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

bghs-bridge-logoWhat would Boca Grande be like today with no bridge to the mainland? What was island life like before the first bridge opened in 1958? Who promoted the building of the bridge, who opposed it and why? Did the bridge bring the changes people anticipated? Were there unintended consequences? How has the bridge shaped the demographics of the community we have today?
The Boca Grande Historical Society invites you to engage these issues when the new interactive exhibit, “Bridge to the Future” opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Boca Grande Historical Society Museum and History Center at 170 Park Avenue. An inaugural reception for members of the Society will be held at the museum on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Visitors will find the Museum transformed. Members of the community who saw the bridge controversy unfold are captured on video recounting the arguments for and against the bridge. They can experience what it was like to operate the controls of the old swing bridge. Photos, blueprints and artifacts from the old bridge will be on display.
Take a virtual reality tour of the recently completed replacement bridge. A toll collector will be on hand to greet you.
Stop by the “Bridge to the Future” exhibit to find out how the bridge changed Boca Grande forever.