Society Notes – March, 2013

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Active member and longtime Social Committee chair, Virginia Frances, passed away Thursday March 7 after a long struggle with a number of health issues. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • This month we recorded 23 members and guests at our February meeting. The History Center recorded 32 visitors. The gift shop took in $100.99.
  • Please welcome new business member Cynthia Remahl, Realtor, with Intracoastal Realty Corporation of Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Demetria Sapienza and Lois Taylor for keeping the History Center open when Rebecca needed a day off. And, thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
  • Thanks to Carl Filipiak who has begun cataloging all our subject files on Friday mornings! It’s going to be great to have those files indexed in our regular catalog.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Rebecca has been madly clipping almost 10 years of old newspapers that had accumulated in our archives. Now we have lots and lots of clippings and new subject folders that need to be filed. No computer experience required.

If you have a couple of hours a week for a short term project please consider helping us get all our resources in tip-top shape. We also need people with some basic computer experience to enter these subject records into our online catalog, which is a much more long term project.

 

Society Notes – Feb., 2013

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Please keep Virginia Frances in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to battle a number of health issues. We hope she will be back with us soon.
  • This month we recorded 23 members and guests at our January meeting. The History Center recorded 36 visitors. The gift shop took in $48.95.
  • Please welcome new members Bob Maffitt of Wilmington, and Michael McMahon of Cary. We also added Ned Barnes, Attorney of Carolina Beach to our list of business members.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Darlene Bright and Juanita Winner for coming in on short notice so Rebecca could meet a writing deadline.
  • Thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
  • Thanks to the crew who worked the sometimes frantic Fort Fisher Reenactment event; Darlene and Leslie Bright, Demetria and Phil Sapienza, Cheri McNeill, Paul Slebodnik, Barry Nelder, Byron Moore, and Jim Dugan. Thanks also to Cheri McNeill, Sylvia Snook, Demetria Sapienza, Rebecca Taylor, Jean Stewart and Jane Dugan our “bakers” who donated homemade cookies for the cause.
  • Thanks to Carl Filipiak who has begun cataloging all our subject files on Friday mornings! It’s going to be great to have those files indexed in our regular catalog.

 

Now available in the Gift Shop!

  • Two Captains From Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt
  • Coming of the Civil War by Bland Simpson. University of NC Press, 2012.

Back by popular demand, we have new Society t-shirts on order. They come in “heathered” denim blue and cardinal red and cost $14.00 each. We have  all sizes between medium and XXL.

 

Society Notes – January, 2013

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 65 members and guests at our Christmas Party at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church. We had 54 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in a whopping $361.37 which is an all-time high for the month of December!
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers! Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
  • We had a great volunteer crew for the big library shelving installation, including Darlene and Leslie Bright, Don and Sylvia Snook along with Jim Dugan and John Gordon. This project is almost done and we’ve had some really great “strong backs” make it possible.
  • Darlene Bright also spent a good deal of time at the History Center this month getting our historic and current files re-organized and accessible. Next up is getting all the artifacts inventoried and stored properly.
  • Thanks to Carl Filipiak who has begun cataloging all our subject files on Friday mornings! It’s going to be great to have those files indexed in our regular catalog.

 

Society Notes – October, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • ADDITION to last month’s Oral History.
    Punky Kure came by with a list of the early postmasters at the Kure Beach post office – for the official record.
  • The original post office was located on “K” Avenue where the T-shirt shop is now.
  • The first post mistress was Mitsen Saunders helped by her niece Mildred Bartlett.
  • Second was Mildred Bartlett with help from Clara Danner.
  • Third was Clara Danner helped by Fay Teague.
  • This month we recorded 39 members and guests at our September meeting. We had 54 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $163.75.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, and Demetria Sapienza for helping get the newsletter into the mail, and to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter. Thanks also to Pat Bolander, Demetria Sapienza and Sylvia Snook for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off. Darlene and Leslie Bright have also spent a number of days DEEP CLEANING and laying down a good layer of insecticide in the exhibit cases.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Kelly and Shawn Kingry of Carolina Beach and Carol Thies, also of Carolina Beach.
  • Donations: Thanks to Thomas Gray for his donation of the following original newspapers in honor of Chris Fonvielle.
  • Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War by Alfred Guernsey and Henry Alden. Copyright 1866, Harper & Brothers.
  • Harper’s Weekly NY: February 4, 1865
  • Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper NY: November 4, 1865
  • Color print. The Great Naval Expedition from: Harper’s Weekly no date
  • The World December 24, 1864
  • The World December 28, 1864
  • New York Herald December 28, 1864
  • New York Herald January 19, 1865
  • New York Observer January 26, 1865

Thomas Gray has also brought us a number of promotional pamphlets including:

  • “Official Guide of Wrightsville, Carolina, Wilmington, Kure and Fort Fisher Beaches: The Seashore Play Grounds of the South: 1932” Compiled and published by Seashore Directory Co.
  • Welcome to Vacationland: Carolina Beach North Carolina Published by Carolina Beach Chamber of Commerce. No date.
  • Meet Me at Carolina Beach, North Carolina: The Year Round Beach of the Carolinas Published by the Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Beach, North Carolina. No date
  • Sunny Carolina Beach North Carolina Published by the Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Beach, North Carolina. No date (A.P. Peay is Mayor of CB, L.C. Kure is Mayor of KB)

Thanks also to Richard Faircloth for his donation of photocopies and transcription of three letters from Edom Smith and Josephus Smith from Fort Fisher (Zekes’s Island) February 1864 & November 1864.

 

Society Notes – September, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 35 members and guests at our August meeting. We had 34 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $75.99.
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, and Demetria Sapienza 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 and Sylvia Snook for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off. Darlene and Leslie Bright have also spent a number of days working on the new “Bathing Beauties” exhibit, rearranging and planning for the new shelves that are going in the Library, and DEEP CLEANING and laying down a good layer of insecticide throughout the building.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Barbara and Don Fox of Carolina Beach.
  • History Talks:
    Leslie Bright talked to the Sons of Confederate Veterans: George Davis Camp about Civil War blockade running on Thursday August 16. He will present the program again on Saturday September 8 to the Blockade Runner Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

    Rebecca Taylor and Gayle Keresey will be presenting their “Lost Lights of the Cape Fear” program at the Southport Maritime Museum on Saturday September 15 as part of their day long “Fall into History” program. If you know of groups that are looking for a program Elaine Henson, Leslie Bright and Rebecca Taylor are available to “hit the road” on a variety of local history topics.

Society Notes – August, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 73 members and guests at our July meeting. We had 64 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $352.58!
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, and Demetria Sapienza for helping get the newsletter into the mail, and to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter. Thanks also to Sylvia Snook for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off.
  • Treasurer’s Report: The 2012-2013 budget was approved as presented by Demetria and Darlene. Thanks to the Town of Carolina Beach for their ongoing support. We should be able to make it through another year without cuts in programs and services.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Andrew Mackie of Yadkinville, Karen and Terry Linehan of Carolina Beach, and Diane Upton and Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours.
  • Thanks to Sylvia and Demetria for cleaning the History Center this month. We still need volunteers for August, September, and October.
  • Our sympathies to the family of Society member Jean Nance who passed away on August 1 after a short illness.

 

 OUR COOKBOOK!

A committee consisting of Darlene Bright, Cheri McNeill, Demetria Sapienza, and Ann Hertzler is beginning to work on a new edition of the cookbook the Society published in 1997.

We hope to add new recipes so dig out your recipe box and think about donating some of your favorites to us. We also hope to include many more historic pictures and stories to make it both unique and collectible. We would be glad to have suggestions for historical events you’d like to see included.

We will also need TYPISTS to type the old (and new) recipes into electronic format. Please let one of the committee members know if you can take some pages to re-type.

Society Notes – July, 2012

by: Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Donations!
I’ve been seriously remiss in thanking people for donations made in the past few months. We do truly appreciate every donation to our collection and take the best care of them we can.

Books:

  • Donated by Emilie Swearingn Pictorial History: The Great Civil War : Battles by Land and Sea by John Laird Wilson, 1881.
  • Donated by Charles Greene. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Civil War.  Fairfax Press, 1977

Images:

  • Donated by Polly Shaver. Two oversize postcards from the 1950’s
    •  Wishing Well on the CB boardwalk
    •  Beach scene at the foot to the boardwalk
  • Donated by Robert Maffett. Reprint of map: Preliminary Chart of the Entrances to the Cape Fear River and New Inlet. Published 1853

Artifacts:

  • Donated by Thomas Gray. 1950’s license plate frame “Carolina Beach, NC. The Friendly Resort”
  • Donated by Lank Lancaster. Calcutta Surf Fishing Rod made by Louis G. (Pappy) Leiner cir. 1957
  • Donated by J. Matthews. “Colors of Cape Fear” a collection of shells and sea glass.

Kitchen:

  • Donated by Byron and Judy Moore. Case of water.

 

  • This month we recorded 30 members and guests at our June meeting We had 35 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $154.84
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, and Demetria Sapienza for helping get the newsletter into the mail, and to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter. Thanks also to Jeannie Gordon, Juanita Winner, Lois Taylor and Ron Griffin for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off.
  • Treasurer’s Report: We’re still waiting to get final confirmation on the budgets for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, but Darlene and Rebecca are working with me and we’ll have a proposal for the 2012/2013 budget ready for the board at the July 23rd meeting.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Jeanette Beaudry of Wilmington, Keith Ward of Wilmington, and Bob McKoy of Wilmington.
  • Thanks to Jeannie Gordon and Darlene Bright for cleaning the History Center this month. We need volunteers for July, August, and September.
  • A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped with the June Potluck. As always Darlene and Leslie set up the building and wrangled the food. (Thanks for the hot dogs, Leslie!) Also pitching in was Virginia Francis

 

Society Notes – June, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 56 members and guests at our May meeting and award presentation including the families of our 4th graders. We had 73 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $189.94
  • 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, Sylvia Snook and Ron Griffin for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off a number of days.
  • Treasurer’s Report: The Cruise bookkeeping is done and we made close to $3,500 to keep the organization going for another year.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Nicole and Billy Ray Morris of Kure Beach and Dirck and Judy Myers also of Kure Beach.
  • At our next meeting please take a moment to thank all of our members who pitched in and gave of their time and energy to help out with the cruise! Darlene Bright, Demetria Sapienza, Elaine Henson, Cheri McNeill, Sylvia Snook, and Lois Taylor and Pat Bolander.

 

NC-UAB  Open House

NC-UAB Open House

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.