Society Notes – September, 2013

by Darlene Bright, History Center Director

A huge thanks to the Town of Carolina Beach for putting a new roof on the History Center!  We feel a lot saver facing Hurricane season with a nice tight “lid” on our archives.

•    Thanks to Henry Capillary Jr. we now have a good collection of pictures and documents on “Cappy” another of our Island’s unique and memorable characters.

•    This month we recorded 40 members at our August Meeting. The History Center recorded 79 visitors! The gift shop took in $54.95 The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live and The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project.

•    New Members. Welcome to Becky and Tom Cook of Carolina Beach and Emily Perkins of Mebane.

•    Thanks to Elaine Henson and Pat Bolander for keeping the History Center open while Rebecca was on vacation!

•    Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Carl Filipiak and Ron Griffin for working on the cataloging of the subject files. That project is finally beginning to move ahead.

•    Newsletter: Thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.

Island Day! September 29, 2013

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

Island Day! September 29

It’s that time of year again! The 4th annual Island Day will be held Sunday, September 29th from 1-5 pm at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park.

This celebration brings together island residents for a day of “old fashioned” fun with picnicing, family friendly activities and games, music, hands-on educational opportunities, and time to visit with friends and neighbors.

Bring a cooler, with sandwiches, snacks, and reusable water bottles, or make a donation for a hot dog from the Carolina and Kure Beach Fire Departments, sit on your blankets and enjoy!

Oral History – Jimmy Davis – Part 3: ‘Up and Down the Beach’

Interview by Ann Hertzler and Jeannie Gordon

Oral_History-JimmyDavis_Pt4-1Now my first memories of Kure Beach are the pier and the Greek restaurant there. It was right on the edge of the pier. Just as you started on the pier. I worked carrying the papers for a while maybe when I was 15 or 16 years old.  And we’d stop in there every morning and get a cup of coffee and a piece of pie. He had all kinds of pies and everything. It was a good little beach but nobody there. There was a grocery store there, and a little post office; and a little 2 lane bowling alley, and 2 or 3 little restaurants there.

On what is now the Sunny Point land, you could go back there any time you wanted. The only thing that was on that side of Dow Road, was the old Dow Plant. It was down toward Kure Beach almost where that bad curve is they made poison gas during the war.

Now Fort Fisher, there was a pier down there at that time. Now this was before the army moved down there. You know there was an army base to start with. The history place, we didn’t even know them mounds was there during that time. That was just all woods. After the army moved out they started the museum and all that and started cleaning it off. And that’s when they found all of the hills and everything. We never knew there was a hill there.

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Monthly Meeting Report – August, 2013

Monthly Meeting Report – August, 2013

Our speaker in August was Phillip Garwood, the award-winning Cape Fear Community College instructor who recently published a book about the little known tribe of native people known as the Cape Fear River Indians.

It was fascinating to hear about his collection and the adventures he’s had aquiring it. Who knew that the Paleo Indians lived as much at 100 miles from the current shoreline.

The best take-away was that if you see a rock on the ground in the Lower Cape Fear it just might be an Indian tool because there are NO NATIVE rocks around here.

We have high hopes of working with his students to rework our exhibit on local Native Americans.

Fort Fisher Soldier’s Garden

September Meeting Monday, September16, 2013 7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month is John Moseley who is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Though over the last nearly 150 years, much has been written concerning the stories and the accounts of the men who were here in action during the first or second attacks, often the everyday lives of the men outside of those two battles gets overlooked.

This month’s program will focus on one of the overlooked aspects of the garrison’s life at Fort Fisher – the soldier’s garden. At the State Historic Site staff have been investigating the gardens used by the soldier’s to supplement their rations.

A sample garden has been planted to interpret this aspect of “everyday life at the Fort. Understanding of the soldier’s gardens, while a small part of the larger picture, helps us understand the issues facing the men serving here at Fort Fisher. It also grants us a view of Major General Whiting and his efforts to improve the defenses in the Cape Fear area.

John received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and his Master’s Degree in History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2003, John was named North Carolina’s James Madison Fellow.

He moved to this area in 2006 teaching 7th and 8th grade history focusing on US and North Carolina History as well as American Government. In the past 2 years working at Fort Fisher, John has done every job from scrubbing toilets to handling school group visits to working on the site’s cannons.

From the President – September, 2013

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

Well we got our check for $1000.00 from the Town of Kure Beach. We truly appreciate their confidence in the operations of the History Center. Thanks also to the Town of Carolina Beach for replacing the roof of the History Center AND to the Pleasure Island Foundation for their flattering resolution and $1,000 contribution.

The 4th annual Island Day is scheduled for Sunday September 29, from 1-5 pm. It’s at the new Kure Beach Oceanfront Park this year and we hope to have an educational exhibit again. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS willing to set up and break down our exhibit

and/or to man the exhibit for at least 2 hours that afternoon. If you are available please call Rebecca at 458-0502 and let her know what times you are available.

At the last Board meeting everyone agreed that we need to focus on getting our committees active. So, PLEASE, if you have a little time and have an interest in any of our committees, call Rebecca at 458-0502.

This month we’re featuring the Newsletter Committee. We need persons interested in proof reading and contributing short articles. We could also use someone to work with the oral history transcripts.