July Meeting – Genetic Genealogy

Monday, July 17, 2017   7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month our speaker will be Jennifer Daugherty, Local History librarian with the New Hanover County Public Library.

Can your DNA tell you where you and your family are from? Learn the facts about all the new tests that are available and how accurate they are. We’ll cover the different kinds of tests, the best companies to test with, and how this can help you learn about your heritage.

Jennifer Crowder Daugherty has a particular interest in genetic genealogy and has attended the International Society of Genetic Genealogy annual conference as well as the Advanced Research Methodology course at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), now hosted at the University of Georgia. Daugherty took the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at IGHR, which has expanded her ability to assist and train local genealogists.

Jennifer Crowder Daugherty holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelor’s in English from Eastern Kentucky University. While in graduate school, she was chosen for a Fellowship Opportunity at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Archives. Previously, a Local History Librarian at Cumberland County Public Library in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she is now the Special Collections and Local History Librarian at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina. She serves as the Vice President of the old New Hanover Genealogy Society and the Publicity Chair of the North Carolina Genealogy Society.

 

From the President – July, 2017

By Elaine Henson

Our final local World War I soldier featured in our WWI exhibit is Arthur Bluethenthal.  He was born in Wilmington in 1891 to parents, Leopold and Johanna Bluethenthal, who had emigrated from Germany after the Civil War. Leopold worked in his uncle’s dry goods business which he eventually took over in later years.

The family lived on Dock Street and later at 17th and Market Streets which remains across from the Kenan mansion, home of UNCW’s Chancellor. They also had a home at Wrightsville Beach built c.1897. The home, which was the oldest surviving on Wrightsville Beach, sold in 2015 for over $3.45 million, only to be torn down so the two lots it sat on could be relisted.

Nicknamed “Bluey”, Arthur was educated in local schools, then attended Phillip’s Exeter Academy and graduated from Princeton University in 1913, where he was a star on their football team.  After college he did some football coaching at Princeton and UNC- Chapel Hill.  He also worked in his family’s business.

Arthur joined the war effort in France in May of 1916, the year before the US entered the war. He was a volunteer ambulance driver before joining the French Foreign Legion as an aviator in May of 1917.  He was shot down in combat on June 5, 1918 and was buried in France.  Later his body was exhumed and shipped home.  He was re-interred in the Jewish section of Oakdale Cemetery.  On Memorial Day of 1928, the Wilmington Airport was renamed Bluethenthal Field in his honor and remained that until the 1950s when the name was changed to New Hanover County Airport.

The North Carolina State Archives has a collection of letters that Arthur Bluethenthal wrote from France during WWI.  You can access the State Archives here and search for them and other North Carolinians’ letters from the “Great War”.

This is an excerpt from one of Arthur’s letters that we have on display at our exhibit:

Our own Cape Fear Museum has a collection from the Bluethenthal family. See it at: www.capefearmuseum.com  Photo courtesy of Cape Fear Museum.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Tuesday Evenings

Family Night on the Boardwalk

Our Society will be participating in “Family Night on the Boardwalk” this summer. We will have a table with our brochures and information on the history of Carolina Beach and the Boardwalk behind the stage on Cape Fear Blvd.  

We need volunteers to sit at the table and talk to people from 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday evenings beginning July 18 and running through August.

Please call  the History Center at 910-458-0502 to let us know which Tuesday you can work.

Fort Fisher for Kids

2017 Summer Kids Activities
10 am to 2 pm

Saturday, July 14: The Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gunner.  From 1941 to 1944, Fort Fisher was home to a US Army Anti-Aircraft training base. Soldiers from around the country were here to learn to shoot down enemy aircraft from the sky. Find out about this period in Fort Fisher’s history and find out if you have what it takes to be an AA gunner.

Saturday, July 21: Archaeology at Fort Fisher. Explore the history of Fort Fisher with Maritime archaeologist from the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Lab. Find out about the amazing historical finds in the Cape Fear Region. Educational and hands-on activities will focus on the role of Archaeologists in understanding Fort Fisher’s history and how they accomplished their important work.

Saturday, July 28: Civil War Communications. How did Civil War units send messages over large distances without texting or cell phones? How could units be sure these messages would not fall into enemy hands? Come to Fort Fisher to learn the “Wig Wag” flag system to send messages and encrypt your own messages using cipher disks that you can take home!

Saturday, August 4: Protecting the Blockade. Join the Fort Fisher Signal Corps and learn how blockade runners supplied the Confederacy with much needed supplies under the protection of the Fort’s guns. Be your own blockade runner and see if you can safely transport goods to and from the Port of Wilmington. What will you decide is worthy of such risky transportation?

Saturday, August 11: The Whole Garrison has Gone to Gardening! The garrison at Fort Fisher had a big issue with fresh food to eat. To supplement their diet, the soldiers were ordered to create company gardens. Learn about how the soldiers at Fort Fisher fed themselves and fought off disease and take home their own potted plant!

 

Builder’s Glass and Hardware

Featured Business Member
July, 2017

 

 

Thanks to our new business member for donating to our World War I exhibit.  If you are building or remodeling be sure to check them out.

Builder’s Glass & Hardware offers the best and widest selection frameless, semi-frameless, heavy glass shower door enclosures, mirrors, shelving, bath accessories and locksets. They have specialists who provide unparalleled end-to-end service – from design to fabrication to installation.

Their customers know that they use the best materials available and they will enjoy their products and services for years to come. If you would like to see their products for yourself, we encourage you to view their galleries below or go by their showroom. The team at Builders Glass & Hardware look forward to providing you with the products you deserve and have always wanted.

Providing Luxurious Frameless Glass Shower Doors in Wilmington, NC & Beyond. If you’re looking to achieve a seamless look in your bathroom’s design, a frameless glass enclosure from Builder’s Glass & Hardware is a great way to add elegance and class. Whether your shower is tucked away next to a bathtub or stands alone in a luxurious master bath, it’s no problem for their experienced shower glass designers and installers.

Custom Frameless Shower Doors from Builder’s Glass & Hardware. Builder’s Glass & Hardware is proud to offer high-end frameless shower glass, and you can be sure that all of their materials are top-of-the-line and will look their best for several years. Serving homeowners and builders across the Wilmington area, their designers can easily create a custom frameless shower door to fit any space or style. They often work with custom requests providing a perfect match for your current bathroom or an updated style for a renovation or remodeling.

Builder’s Glass & Hardware
221-6 Old Dairy Rd., Wilmington, NC
910-686-6236

Society Notes – July, 2017

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 68 visitors in June. We had 25 in attendance at the June Potluck.
  •  The History Center was used for a meeting held by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club.
  • Welcome to new business members Benson and Terry Hall of Richmond, Virginia. Also, Byron and Ramona Hovey of Carolina Beach.

Events Calendar – Summer-Fall 2017

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

Events Calendar Summer/Fall 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Jennifer Daughterty, Local History librarian for the New Hanover  Public Library, will talk to us about genealogy, genetic testing, and how it is affected by race and ethnicity.

 

 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Author Tanya Binford, will talk about her book Crossing the Wake.  At age 51 she took a year off work and  accomplished her goal of circumnavigating the  Eastern United  States in a 25 foot boat.

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Chris Fonvielle, author, historian and noted expert on Fort Fisher, returns to  present his newest program, “Sex and the Civil War.” This one is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development & Training Officer, NC Division of State Historic Sites, returns to present a program titled, “North Carolina Personalities of the War of 1812.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday,  November 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00.
Program: Vann Pearsall, of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, will present a program on the mission and goals of this nonprofit formed in 1992 to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.

 

 

Monday December 18, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members to celebrate the holiday season with all our history friends.

 

 

 

History Center — Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex

 ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.   federal-point-history.org.