EP photo taken for a far away friend and researcher, looking for signs of her mom. Historic preservation is about more than a name on a social register, or a property title.
Bramlett left us on April 29th at the age of 46. If you've ever wanted to research Tommy Roe, Marta, Blount Carriage Factory- Bartow M Blount was the founder of the Capital City Club-The Buggy Works,
Greenbriar, the Airport, Candler Field, Mary Phagan, Leo Frank, the Georgia DOT, Oh -LET"S NOT FORGET- Patricia Radcliff! Mary Shotwell Little, Dianne Shields, Delta Airlines- just to name a few- They're all from East Point.
He was certainly a true friend to Southside Atlanta Memories and to this writer. He always included me in information that I might enjoy, and went out of his way to assist me in my way too infrequent visits to the lovely East Point Historical Society Museum on Norman Berry Drive.
His knowledge and dedication to East Point and the living historians still there will be irreplaceable. They're not making them like Steven anymore.
Following are excerpts from a letter published in the ajc letters, on the Opinion page. The page is crappily titled "Tri-cities- College Park." Steven would get why that's so ridiculously incorrect, as would my uncle Horace Blount, also irreplaceably gone, and if you are reading this you probably do, too. East Point is its own city, with a rich and important history, and the ajc just throws another clod on its own grave when it stints its few loyal demo like this.
Steven, I pray you are truly resting in peace, with only an uneasy thought now and then of how you left us really needing your passion and your expertise. I hope to see you soon, if not very soon. You are missed.
Adden. I just went to my files to double check Bartow Blount's name, and I know no one else would appreciate that pieced together chicken scratch -yet well researched- file like Steven. Pang.
From Teresa Nelson's Letter to the Editor:
"It takes someone special to chronicle the history of a community. Preserving the bits and pieces of the past requires significant time and dedication. Steve Bramlett was one of those committed volunteers."
Steve loved the work, spending long hours at the Historical Society center organizing and cataloging materials and preparing numerous exhibits. A technology geek, he worked diligently to bring the center’s archaic record keeping into this century. He delighted in finding new material that could shine a light on a forgotten moment in the area’s past. Steve collaborated with other volunteers from Hapeville and College Park to share information and expand the center’s resources. For those seeking historical information on their homes or ancestors, Steve aided in making the center’s resources available.
The Historical Society was once known as being a stagnant organization, and Steve sought to change that reputation. The exhibits became more engaging, and the board and the center’s resources now better reflect the area’s diversity.
The center often is used for community meetings. Steve worked to open the facility’s doors to local neighborhood associations. After an initial visit to attend a meeting, he found people returned to do research and then became supporters of the center.
Steve’s greatest fear was for the facility itself. Local politicians coveted its highly visible location in East Point’s Spring Park. Steve made supporters aware of periodic efforts by the city of East Point to terminate its lease with the facility. He notified key people in the community to create a network of volunteers that would work behind the scenes or go before the council to protect the facility. Though the threat resurfaces periodically, for now the center is not going to be moved to some hidden location or worse, to fade away altogether.
The shock of Steve Bramlett’s sudden death can be readily seen in people’s faces as they learn the news. It was thought he would always be a presence at the East Point Historical Society."