Book Launch!

Kure Beach: Images of America
Arcadia Books, $21.99

Federal Point History Center

Saturday April 21 .. 1 pm – 3 pm

Please join author, Brenda Coffey, who will be signing books and postcards.

Kure Beach derived its name from a Danish immigrant named Hans Anderson Kure Sr. He began acquiring land in the area in 1891, and by 1900, he had purchased 900 acres just south of Carolina Beach to Fort Fisher.

He established the Kure Land and Development Company and in 1913 produced a map of Fort Fisher Sea Beach, which would later become Kure’s Beach and eventually Kure Beach.

In 1923, the first wooden fishing pier on the Atlantic coast was constructed by Lawrence Kure. DAN PRI, one of the first surfboard companies on the East Coast, was also established at Kure Beach.

The area is rich in historical significance—from Verrazzano’s discovery to Cape Fear Indians, pirates, lighthouses, the “Rocks,” the Ethy Dow Chemical Plant, and the community’s role in both the Civil War and World War II. Most cherished, though, are the people that loved living a relaxed, peaceful life in their “paradise.”

 

March Meeting – Leslie Bright on Growing up with Tobacco

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 19, 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 will be Leslie Bright who will talk about growing up in the Tobacco Culture, 1943-1963.

His program is intended to show, up close and personal, the way of life and experience of a small family on a tobacco farm in coastal eastern North Carolina before modern mechanization.

The sensitive nature of tobacco and the labor involved in growing it, from a tiny seed smaller then a mustard seed, to a flourishing plant averaging six feet tall, having approximately 26 leaves containing nicotine for the lungs and gums, will be revealed.

Leslie S. Bright spent 20 years on a tobacco farm in Onslow County. He attended East Carolina University for several years, and then worked for 35 years for the North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources at the Underwater Archaeology Lab at Fort Fisher. An expert SCUBA diver for the lab, he also taught diving for a number of years.

After five years of unfocused retirement he has spent the past 10 years on his farm in Onslow County growing hay, corn, soybeans and is now raising cattle for market.

We need your help!

Coming Summer 2018!

“Celebrating  the Boardwalk”

We need your help. We are looking for objects

(souvenirs and memorabilia) to borrow for display.

 


     We will probably keep the exhibit up for 9 months to a year.

Ashtrays, spoon holders, key chains,     

Magnets, plates, tea cups,  Pendants, beer bottles,

cupie dolls, and shells glued to anything.

 

 

 

 

December Meeting – Christmas Potluck

Monday, December 18, 2017               

6:30 PM   (one hour early)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its annual holiday potluck on Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm.  This year we will be back at the History Center as it’s a lot easier for the hospitality committee. Please join us for food, fun and festivities.

Joining the festivities will be John Golden and his magic guitar. Please feel free to bring family and friends to this cozy community get-together.

 

October Meeting – North Carolina’s War of 1812

Monday, October 16, 2017
7:30 PM

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

Our program this month will be presented by Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development and Training Officer, Historic Weapons Program Coordinator, North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

North Carolina’s War of 1812 Personalities explores the lives of five native North Carolinians who contributed in some significant way to the country’s efforts during the War of 1812.

Otway Burns

Those individuals are Benjamin Forsyth, Dolley Payne Madison, Otway Burns, Johnston Blakeley, and Nathaniel Macon. Some are better known than others, but each made some contribution to the nation’s efforts during that time period, and in some cases beyond.

This presentation gives a brief overview of each.

Benjamin Forsyth

Dolley Madison

Johnston Blakeley

 

Nathaniel Macon

 

September Meeting – Sex and the Civil War

Monday, September 18, 2017

7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 18, 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 will be Dr. Chris Fonvielle.  UNC-Wilmington professor and well-known expert on the Civil War period in the Lower Cape Fear, he will be talking about “Sex and the Civil War.”   “This one should be FUN!”

Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, Lower Cape Fear and Southern history. His in-depth research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the Navies.

After receiving his B.A. in Anthropology at UNC-Wilmington, Fonvielle served as the last curator of the Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum. He subsequently received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Fonvielle returned to his undergraduate alma mater at UNC-Wilmington in 1996, where he now teaches courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, the Old South and Antebellum America. He also teaches extended education courses on the history of the Lower Cape Fear through the university.

Your Genetic Heritage: DNA Testing

By Nancy Gadzuk

Jennifer Daugherty, Special Collections Librarian for the New Hanover County Public Library, spoke on Your Genetic Heritage at the July 17, 2017 meeting of the History Center.

Jennifer explained that while some DNA testing can determine paternal lineage (y-DNA testing) and some maternal lineage (mitochondrial DNA testing), most DNA testing is autosomal. Autosomes are the chromosomes that do not determine sex, but determine the rest of a person’s genetic make-up.

She talked about three genealogical testing companies she has used. The companies – AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA – all are creating databases using the DNA of people who purchase their companies’ DNA tests. These people may self-identify with an ethnicity based on their personal history.

This identification by ethnicity, while not strictly DNA-based, becomes part of a larger geographical and historical component of the overall genealogical profile.

The more people these companies can attract to DNA testing, the larger their databases will become. This leads to providing, among other things, more robust family trees for participating clients. AncestryDNA has the largest database of client DNA, with more than 1 million genetic samples.

Both AncestryDNA and 23andMe sell their clients’ data to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Family Tree DNA has said it will not sell client data.

Jennifer listed briefly some of the characteristics of the three companies she discussed as a summary to her presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

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.