Monthly Meeting Report – April, 2012

Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly

Our meeting of April 16 was something different.

We held the opening of our new exhibit: Development Through Leisure: A History of Beach-going in Carolina Beach.  An exhibit by Devin Kelly, Senior, UNCW

If you haven’t see the exhibit please stop by the History Center and take a look. You’ll see the full development of the Carolina Beach/Kure Beach area from Captain Harper and his Shoo-Fly train to the Life Guards of the 1950’s.

Devin Kelly, a senior in Public History at UNCW spent her senior year researching and creating this “beachy” exhibit — with the help of Dr. Tammy Gordon of the UNCW history department.

Devin Kelly, a senior in Public History at UNCW has been working on a new exhibit for us this entire school year. We will “cut the ribbon” on the exhibit and Devin will take a few mintues to share some of the things she learned about the beaches of the Federal Point area.

One of the things incorporated in her exhibit is the “Carolina Moon” that so many people had their pictures taken in during the 40’s and 50’s. Anyone who comes to the opening will have the chance to take home their own picture taken with the classic backdrop.

Devin chose this project because, “I think the history of the Lower Cape Fear is fascinating, but I was really interested in the cultural study of the beach. I also think it’s fascinating to look at how places develop compared to each other and how that impacts their future. It is especially interesting because I am familiar with the Carolina Beach area, “I’ve been going to those beaches for years, so I jumped on the chance to explore the history.”

Devin KellyIn May, Devin will receive her BA in History. She says “I picked Public History because its a really great way to make the past accessible to the general public. I’ve had an amazing mentor in Dr. Tammy Gordon. She has supported me every step of the way, teaching me and showing me exactly what it takes to be a Public Historian and a curator. I also love how many different jobs there are to putting together an exhibit. One has to be a builder, a designer, a collaborator, a researcher and many other things to be able to successfully make an exhibit; and that’s been really fun.”

Devin graduated from Apex High School in 2008. Her family moved to the Apex area in 1998. She picked UNCW “partially because of its proximity to the beach (anyone who tells you they didn’t is probably lying haha) but also because its a great school that has grown a lot in my time there. It was just around the size I was looking for, and its a beautiful campus. My first visit to UNCW, I fell in love with the campus and community.”

On her plans for the future Devin says, “After graduation, I plan to take time off of school to work and, hopefully, travel a bit before heading back to graduate school in Public History. My ideal job would be one that enables me to work in the History field, either in Museum Education or Exhibits.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe also have a recreation of the “Carolina Moon” and people are welcome to take pictures with this iconic landmark.