Events Calendar: Fall 2014

Carolina Beach BoardwalkMonday September 15, 2014   Membership Meeting    7:30-9:00 pm

This month’s speaker will be Norm Melton., a retired teacher.  Norm grew up in his mother’s gift shop. Marie Melton operated the gift shop on the Boardwalk from 1946-1971. Norm was in elementary school when they arrived and he graduated with the Carolina Beach Elementary School class of 1964.

Mr. Melton will present a variety of topics taken from his own experiences in the 1950’s and 1960’s and hopes to encourage discussion and additional memories among our “old timers” in attendance. It will be sort of “homecoming” with history and we’ll have the video recorder running to capture it all.



Wilmington Water Tours

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Sunday October 19, 2014    History Cruise Fundraiser  4:00 – 6:00 pm

Join us for an informative and fun cruise along the Cape Fear River aboard the Wilmington.

Leaving from the Wilmington Water Tours dock in downtown Wilmington, the trip will be narrated by Doug Springer with help from historian Beverly Tetterton who will have her new book Maritime Wilmington for purchase and signing.

Call 910-458-0502 to reserve tickets.  $35.00 per person



Carolina Beach in Postcards

Monday October 20, 2014   Membership Meeting    7:30-9:00 pm.

Local historian and author, Elaine Henson, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the “Cape Fear Beaches.”

Her book, Carolina Beach, shares the history of this seaside community through the postcards its visitors sent home.

From the early hand-colored cards printed in Germany to the modern chrome cards of today, we see the people and places of Carolina Beach.






Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Saturday November 1, 2014  5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher.

From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz.

The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other IBMA nominations for 2013.

Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Tickets are $30-35$ but our volunteers get in free.



LeRae UmfleetMonday November 17, 2014   Membership Meeting    7:30 – 900 pm.

LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.”

Watch a snippet of LeRae Umfleet’s presentation on civil war dress worn by women after the civil war: “Flags Over Hatteras” on April 27th, 2012

LeRae Umfleet was the lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report which detailed how the 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.  LeRae’s video summary of the report findings was instrumental in the creation of the Nov. 2015 movie release of ‘Wilmington On Fire




Monday December 15, 2014   Holiday Potluck   6:30 – 9:00 pm.






They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.) Visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.