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The Fort Velasco Discovery Center is a collaborative effort of an appointed committee of the Village of Surfside Beach and a separate non-profit organization.

The Old Velasco/Surfside Beach Historical Committee (OV/SBHC) meets monthly at City Hall in Surfside Beach, Texas. The current members are:

  • Chairman:  Robert Bradley

  • Vice-Chairman:  Dortha Pekar

  • Secretary:  Merry Porter 

  • Treasurer: Marsha Hines

  • Liaison:  Jon Gerber

  • Members:  Jennie Green-Prats, Tom Hines, Cary Lucas, David McGinty


The tax exempt nonprofit is called the Old Fort Velasco Historical Association (OFVHA). The current members are:

  • Chairman: David McGinty

  • Vice Chairman: Tom Hines

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Karalee Lance 

  • Members: Chester Barnes, Lou Golish, Jennie Green-Prats, Chris Kneupper, Dortha Pekar, and Sandra Wood-Wicke


To join the OFVHA, click on the link below for the application and instructions. 

Download OFVHA Application here.

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