Society Notes – June, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Welcome to new members: Greg Crockett of Wilmington, and Michael McMahon of Carolina Beach
  • Our Business Partner Wilmington Water Tours has announced that on Friday, June 5th, they will again begin offering services to the public and be available for private events. They are doing this for a two-week period, in a limited capacity, based on local, state, and CDC guidelines. Soon to follow they will hope to announce the availability of their water taxi services and the other full-service offerings.

Eagles Island Cruises (50 min)   Monday-Sunday – Cruise Times: (11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm)

Sunset Cruises:   Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 pm (no live music at this time)

Society Notes – May, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Research requests via email and Facebook: 3. 1) about a historic marker for the Hermit’s bunker; 2) about the remains of the Superintendent’s house at the Ethyl-Dow Plant; 3) About pictures and records of the Miss Carolina Beach Contests in the 1950s.
  • Sadly, we welcome no new members this month.
  • Our through and prayers go out to the family and friends of Linda Kuharcik who passed away on April 27, 2020. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Society, the Senior Center and the Island Cottage. We will all miss her

Web Site Scavenger Hunt

Web Site Scavenger Hunt – Not just for kids!

As a service to the teachers who are now teaching online, we’ve devised this scavenger hunt for our web site that highlights our area’s local history. Why not try it out and see how well you know your hometown?


Tap/Click the text for any question below to learn more.

  1. When did Snow’s Cut Open? What part of our national transportation network does it belong?
  2. Name the family that founded Seabreeze.
  3. What was the name of the Fort Fisher Hermit?
  4. What did the army use Fort Fisher for during World War II?
  5. Who was the commander of Fort Fisher during the Civil War?
  6. Why were “The Rocks” built? When?
  7. Who is credited with establishing the resort named Carolina Beach?
  8. Who is Kure Beach named after?
  9. What is the name of the oldest continuously operating pier on the east coast?
  10. What is the name of the rare carnivorous plant that grows only within 90 miles of Wilmington?
  11. What lighthouse was built to guide ships through New Inlet?
  12. When did Hurricane Hazel hit North Carolina?
  13. What building was known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Boardwalk?
  14. What was made at the Ethyl-Dow Plant during World War II?

 


Society Notes – April, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 23 visitors – but then, we were closed almost half of the month.
  • Welcome to new members: Joan and Peter Bartel of Carolina Beach and new business member Hurricane Alley on the Boardwalk.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur for helping with the March Newsletter.

 

Society Notes – March, 2020

 

NEW SWEATSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE  IN THE GIFT SHOP

Medium – X-Large $18.00
XX-Large $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Exhibit at
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

African Americans have been a part of the Fort Fisher story from the beginning: from the free and enslaved men who helped build the fortress, work the camps, and assist white Confederates in battle, to the U.S. Colored Troops who helped bring about the fall of Fort Fisher and the port it protected, and further to the live-fire anti-aircraft trainees stationed here during WWII.

Fort Fisher’s newest exhibit “From Slave to Soldier, Free a Man” the African American Experience at Fort Fisher, highlights African Americans’ role in Fort Fisher’s story. The exhibit is now open to the public in the Visitors Center. We invite you to take a look!

 

 


NEW BOOK!

Glory at Wilmington: The Battle of Forks Road
by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
82 pp., 6″ x 9″, paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-9984115-4-5
$16.95

Elements of Union and Confederate armies fought the Battle of Forks Road, February 20-21, 1865, for possession of Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s main seaport and most important city. Southern soldiers, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke, made one last stand in an effort to halt the Union army’s determined advance.

United States Colored Troops, commanded by Brig. Gen. Charles J. Paine, were the principal combatants for the Union in the Battle of Forks Road. The victors would control Wilmington, the Cape Fear River, and three railroads, all crucial to final military operations in North Carolina during the Civil War.


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 101 visitors in February. There were 45 people at the February meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the UDC, the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park Committee, and the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new members: John and Betsy Morris of Kure Beach, Mark and Lisa Troyer of Durham, NC, Micky Gonzales of Carolina Beach, Peter and Laurie Tollens of Wake Forest, Elsa Hergeth of Wilmington, Jim and Kelley Hargrave of Holton, Michigan, and William Catoe of Greenville, SC.
  • Apologies to ­­Ann Tinder, we overlooked thanking her for her contribution of cookies for the Reenactment.
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping mail the newsletter and for filling in while Rebecca was out sick.

Society Notes – Feb. 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Fort Fisher Fundraiser A Huge Success!

On January 18 & 19, 2020, Fort Fisher celebrated the 155th year of the Second Battle at Fort Fisher reenactment.  Once again, the Society was invited to “feed the troops” and feed those that attended.  What a great success it was for the Society and we  cleared just over $2,400.00.  It took many people to make this event happen.

The following is a list of all the people that made this event possible starting with the volunteers that came for one or both days:  Leslie Bright, Darlene Bright, Jay Winner, Steve Arthur, Jim Dugan, Jay Hockenbury, Jim Kohler, Paul Laird, Don Snook, Sylvia Snook, Barry Nelder, Shelley Wiltshire, Ray James, Helen James, Sammy Bright (Leslie’s son), Jacob Price (Leslie & Darlene’s grandson), Katherine Shultz, Jo “Rock Star” Dheilly & Cheri McNeill.

The volunteers that provided the sweets and chili are:  Ramona Hovey – chili, and the following provided sweets:  Kim Bauman, Pam Capel, Rebecca Taylor, Sylvia Snook, Elaine Henson, Shelley Wiltshire, Mary Ann Targonski, Jasmine McKee and Girl Scout Troop 1535, Jane Dugan, Steve Arthur, Juanita Winner, Darlene Bright, Cindy Clark (Darlene’s daughter) and Cheri McNeill.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERY ONE THAT HELPED TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS.

 

 

  • The History Center recorded 86 visitors in January. There were 40 people at the January meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and UDC and the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park .
  • Welcome to new members The King Family, Wendy, Bella and Neb of Wilmington, Suzanne and Frank Ruggiers of Monroe, Georgia, Rodney and Susan Jones of Topeka, Kansas and Lori Sanderlin and Bob Springle of Southport.

Happy 83rd Birthday to Punky Kure!

Society Notes – January 2020

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!

Again This year, FPHPS will sell Hot dogs, BBQ, drinks,  snacks and sweets at the Fort Fisher Reenactment on Saturday January 18, 2020 & Sunday January 19, 2020.

We need volunteers to help with the sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 am (to set up) until around 4 pm (or until we run out of food).  If you can give us a few hours on either or both days, please call the History Center at 910-458-0502 and let us know when you can be there!

 We also need people to bake sweets and bring them to the History Center on Friday January 18. Please bag them in small ziplocks – we sell each bag for $1.00 a bag; so, 2-4 cookies per bag depending on size.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 45 visitors in December. There were 50 people at the Christmas Potluck.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Don and Bee Anthony of Kure Beach and Mary Cameron of Kure Beach.

Society Notes – December, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

 We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digital copy as well.  So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.

 

  • The History Center recorded 92 visitors in November. There were 35 people at the November meeting.
  • Elaine Henson and Steve Arthur led one Boardwalk Walking Tour for a group of 21. Donation $200.00.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Allison and Jonathan Rankin of Carolina Beach, Amanda and Nestor of Carolina Beach, and Shelley Wiltshire of Wilmington.
  • Welcome to new Business Member, Kristen Dunn of BlueCoast Realty Corp.
  • Thanks to Pam Capel, Karen Sullivan, and Kathy Schultz for providing refreshments for the October meeting.

Society Notes – November, 2019

By Darlene Bright,  History Center Director

Several people requested the recipe for the dessert that Cheri made for the September meeting:

Berry Nut Crunch

INGREDIENTS

1 large can crushed pineapple and juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
3 cups fruit (fresh, frozen or any type)
1 box yellow cake mix (plain not flavored)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan; spread un-drained pineapple over bottom of the pan. Add the layer of berries and the 3/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle the box of cake mix over the fruit mix, then drizzle the melted butter all over the dry cake mix. Top with pecans. For the glaze, sprinkle the 1/4 cup sugar on top. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 50 minutes or until the cake is done. After it has baked 25 minutes, cut through the cake to the bottom of the pan to allow the juice to run through and then bake the remaining 25 minutes. Yields: 12-15 servings.

by Yvonne Thompson (FPHPS Cookbook)


We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digital copy as well.

So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.


  • The History Center recorded 79 visitors in October. There were 35 people at the October meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new member Eric Howell of Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur and Juanita Winner for providing refreshments for the October meeting.

Society Notes – October, 2019

We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digital copy as well.  So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 75 visitors in September. There were 41 people at the September meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the UDC, the Walk of Fame Committee, and the Ryder Lewis Park Committee.
  • Please note: Last month we welcomed Susan and John Gibbs, (not Swan Gibbs). Sorry about that! This month we welcome Dorothy and Philip Hendrick of Carolina Beach, Eric T. Howell of Carolina Beach and new Business Captain Charlie’s Adventures, owned by Charlie Schoonmaker.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur for helping with the September Newsletter.
  • Thanks to Cheri McNeill for providing refreshments for the September meeting.

Plaque Program

Our Plaque program is back on track and we’re receiving almost one application a month! We want to especially thank Ned Barnes and his staff for volunteering to do the title searches on the properties.  This makes the approval of an application much easier on the property owner and on our review committee. Ned is a longtime business member and supporter of the Society.  If you see Ned, be sure to give him a big thank you for all his support and we highly recommend him for any legal needs you may have.  He’s right on the island at Pleasure Island Plaza, 1009 Lake Park Boulevard, North or call at 910-458-4466.  Thanks again, Ned!

 

Society Notes – Sept, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digitial copy as well.  So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.


  • The History Center recorded 78 visitors in August. There were 52 people at the August meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Swan and John Gibbs of Rocky Mount and Katherine Schultz of Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur for helping with the August Newsletter.Thanks to Anne Hood and Doris Bame providing refreshments for the August meeting.
  • Thanks to everybody who helped with the Boardwalk walking tour: Elaine Henson, Darlene Bright, Leslie Bright, Jim Kohler, Steve Arthur, Doris Bame, Jim Dugan, Fred Fisher.
  • Thanks to Jay Winner for pressure washing the handicapped ramp and the front of the building.

Plaque Program

Our Plaque program is back on track and we’re receiving almost one application a month!

We want to especially thank Ned Barnes and his staff for volunteering to do the title searches on the properties.  This makes the approval of an application much easier on the property owner and on our review committee.

Ned is a longtime business member and supporter of the Society.  If you see Ned, be sure to give him a big thank you for all his support and we highly recommend him for any legal needs you may have.  He’s right on the island at Pleasure Island Plaza, 1009 Lake Park Boulevard, North or call at 910-458-4466.  Thanks again, Ned!