Society Notes – May, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 55 members and guests at our April meeting and exhibit opening. We had 86 visitors to the History Center, a nice increase over last year’s 54 visitors.
  • The gift shop took in $ 167.89 which is a heartening increase from the 35.17 we took in last May.
  • The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project held its spring orientation at the History Center. Both Got-Em-on Live and the UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center as well.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, for helping get the newsletter into the mail, and to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter. Thanks also to Demetria Sapienza for her work on the History Center’s photographic collection as well as all the work she does as Society Treasurer.
  • Thanks to Elaine Henson and Darlene and Leslie Bright who spent long hours ensuring that Devin’s exhibit was as factually accurate as it could be.
  • Thanks to Doris Bame for helping out with the logistical details of the annual essay contest conducted with the 4th graders of Carolina Beach school.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Money is coming in steadily for the cruise. It will be a relief to have the money from this biennial fundraiser in the bank as we work on next year’s budget. We still haven’t heard anything from either Town about funds for the 2012-2013 budgets. So keep letting our elected officials know how our History Center helps the whole community.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Dan Camacho of Wilmington, Bonnie Bloch of Carolina Beach, Linda Lashley of Wilmington. We’ve also added two business members: Charles Henson Painting of Wilmington and AmeriLife Health Services by Barry Nelder
  • Thanks to the Fort Fisher Chapter #2325 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for presenting the North Carolina Flag and the Second National Confederate Flag to the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s History Center at the March 19th Membership Meeting. The Chapter holds it’s monthly meetings at the History Center and appreciates the society’s contributions to our area’s history.

Society Notes – April, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 29 members and guests at our March meeting and program. We had 55 visitors to the History Center, as well at eight visitors on “Be A Tourist” day March 3. The Fonvielle walk to Sugar Loaf brought in another 24. The gift shop took in $ 87.94.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, for helping with the Newsletter and covering the desk, Demetria Sapienza for her work on the History Center’s photographic collection as well as all the work she does as Society Treasurer. Thanks also to Ron Griffin and Darlene for covering the desk for me to be off, and to Cheri McNeill for proof reading the Newsletter again this month. Our stealth cleaners this month were Ron Griffin and Virginia Francis. – thanks so much! It is really making a difference in how the History Center looks to have a good cleaning once a month. Thanks as always to Darlene who keeps the History Center afloat with her knowledge, time and energy.
  • Treasurer’s Report: We’re now in the process of preparing our annual budget requests to the Towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. That money is always earmarked for History Center operations and continues to be the primary reason we can keep the Center open to the general public three days a week.
  • New Members: Welcome to Norm Melton from Wilmington, Mary Grinnell of Carolina Beach, and Melanie and Sam McDonald of Carolina Beach.

Major Donation: Postcard Collection

[from December, 2009 FPHPS newsletter]

Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray

Santa came for real in early December when Thomas Gray donated FORTY-SEVEN postcards to our growing collection.  Framed beautifully in thematic groups and including a number Elaine Henson declared “rare,” they add significantly in our ability to provide iconic images to our visitors and researchers.

At the January Board meeting, board members unanimously accepted this generous donation and extended our most sincere appreciation to Thomas, a life-time member of the Society from Winston-Salem.

Thomas Gray - Elaine Henson

Thomas Gray – Elaine Henson

For now they’ve been hung on the back wall of the Library, the only large space we currently have to display them together in all their technicolor glory. The next time you’re at the History Center, take some time to look in the Library.  You’ll be transported in time by these glorious bits of histor. 

 

 

 

 Below: Two scanned cards from the Postard Collection donated by Thomas Gray

 

Sunday Crowd

Sunday Crowd

 

 

Waters Edge at Carolina Beach

Waters Edge at Carolina Beach