The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Our speaker this month is John Batchelor, restaurant reviewer, food critic and author of Chefs of the Coast and Chefs of the Mountains. He comes to us from the Triad and will have copies of his books for sale and signing.
Chefs of the Coast profiles 50 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the coastal region of North Carolina. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef’s cooking philosophy, influences, and personality.
Each profile also includes: A description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items; Color photographs of the chef, restaurant, and food. Sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region, and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land.
Batchelor came across the idea for this book through his frequent judging of cooking competitions, including the “Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants compete in and around Asheville, N.C.) and the “Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge” (restaurants in and around Blowing Rock and the High Country).
Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
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.
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.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Elaine’s presentation will look at buildings, businesses and places at Carolina Beach from the past and what is in that same location now. In some cases, we also see what was there in between.
This trip down memory lane begins just before coming over the Snow’s Cut Bridge and continues along Lake Park Boulevard to the Carolina Beach Lake.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
This month John Moseley will present his talk “Medal of Honor Recipients of the Lower Cape Fear.”
By the summer of 1861, the US Congress created the only award to recognize the acts of bravery by Union enlisted Navy, Marine Corps, and Army personnel during the Civil War. By war’s end, this award would be issued to 1,523 members of the Federal Army and Navy.
Between June 1864 and January 1865, seventy-two sailors, soldiers and Marines awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Fort Fisher. During the Civil War the US Marine Corps were awarded 17 Medals of Honor.
The struggle on the beach in front of Fort Fisher witnessed 6 of those Marine Medals of Honor. In addition, 35% of the recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions at Fort Fisher were foreign nationals.
Today, the Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and courage at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty. In its history, 19 North Carolinians have been recognized for their actions with the Medal of Honor. New Hanover County recognizes four citizens of our Nation’s highest award.
John Moseley is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, in 1989. He then spent the next decade and a half working in the for-profit and non-profit business world. During the 1990s, he spent large amounts of time researching North Carolina’s role in the American Revolution and 18th century medical and dental history.
He began working at Fort Fisher in 2011 and is currently in charge of the educational programming for the State Historic Site.
Since the summer of 2012, John has been the historian with “Tasting History” where he leads a walking tour of Carolina Beach focusing on the history of Federal Point and sampling local restaurants.
Currently, he continues working on Fort Fisher’s Medal of Honor recipients and the role of Fort Fisher during World War 2.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Our speaker this month will be Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Cape Fear River Watch, where he works to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River.
Kemp’s academic background is in geology and history, graduating from UNCW magna cum laude with honors, and he holds a master of public administration (MPA), also from UNCW. He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, as well.
Kemp spends most of his free time with his two daughters, Olivia and Caroline, working in his garden, or tinkering in his workshop, or exploring the waterways and swamps of the Lower Cape Fear Region. He has been the Executive Director and Riverkeeper for Cape Fear River Watch since 2010.
Cape Fear Riverwatch organizes monthly environmental seminars that cover topics and issues affecting the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. They encourage working internships for students. At Greenfield Lake, they offer Environmental Education classes and provide Eco-Tours and Bird Watching Tours.
CFRW offers water-quality education programs to groups including schools, civic groups, developers, homeowner associations and others. They provide storm water management training for local government staff.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Rescheduled
Original date of March 18, 2017 was canceled due to rain.
To register call 910-458-0502.
This program fills up quickly so call as soon as you can.
By Nancy Gadzuk
Travis John Gilbert, manager of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society’s Latimer House, spoke at the November 21, 2016 meeting of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. Travis talked about the Ladies’ Memorial Association and the role of women during and after the Civil War.
The notion of a so-called “good death” vanished with the realities of the Civil War and that change translated into women’s roles, particularly Southern women’s roles, changing dramatically as well.
The unprecedented casualty rate of the Civil War meant that almost everyone was mourning loved ones who died alone and far from home rather than in the comfort of their families’ arms, in an honorable or good death.
In 1865, nearly every family plot in Wilmington’s Oakdale Cemetery had a fresh grave. War beckoned the ladies from their homes and they tried to mitigate the overwhelming death and destruction of war by leading the city’s mourning process.
The Ladies’ Memorial Association formed to take good care of Confederate graves. They held benefits and the 19th century equivalent of bake sales to make money for their efforts. May 8, 1868, marked Wilmington’s first Confederate Memorial Day, held outside Oakdale Cemetery with “graceful flowering offerings.”
By 1872, the Ladies’ Memorial Association had constructed the Confederate Soldiers Mound in Oakdale Cemetery as they shaped Wilmington’s post-war rebirth.
This plaque dedicated to the Confederate dead lies at the base of the mound:
THIS MONUMENT WAS DEDICATED MAY 10, 1872 / TO PERPETUATE DEEDS OF THE BRAVE AND IN GRATEFUL / TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF 550 HONORED UNKNOWN / CONFEDERATE DEAD AT THE BATTLE OF FORT FISHER / WHO LIE BURIED HERE / SPONSORED BY THE LADIES MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION LATER MERGED WITH DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY / SELF DENIAL – WORK – PRAYERS – TEARS – HEARTS BLOOD / ENTERED INTO ITS BUILDING
Under the auspices of flowers and community healing, the women of the confederacy became agents of local politics and power. Eventually this new gender strength and consciousness would find its way into the women’s suffrage movement, where these same elements would be crucial.
Self denial. Work. Prayers. Tears. Hearts blood.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
We will hear about men and women who served their country, the folks they left at home, and the ways that the community memorialized the men who died in World War I.
Jan has worked at the Cape Fear Museum for 11 years, doing a wide range of research projects. She curates exhibits (including Reflections in Black and White on display through February 20, 2017), writes the Museum’s “This Month in History” each month, and gives public programs on a wide range of historical subjects.
Lately she has been working on the history of World War I due to the upcoming anniversary, as well as a more long-term project exploring the census and slavery in the 19th century.
She has a PhD and has previously worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History before coming to Wilmington.
April 6, 1917 – Spring 2017
World War I, “The War to End all Wars,” is often overshadowed by WWII. However, there are many historical lessons to be learned from this period of history.
This Spring the Federal Point History Center will mount an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the US involvement in World War 1.
We are looking for artifacts, uniforms, papers, letters, and personal items from that period to BORROW for the length of the exhibit. If you have an item that you would consider lending to us, please call Rebecca at 910-458-0502.