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.

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