Society Notes – September, 2020

Back by Popular Demand! Recipe of the Month

Broccoli Cornbread contributed by Pat Cotton

  • 1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 12 oz. frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients but cornbread mix in a large bowl. Add in cornbread mix.  Beat well with fork. Grease iron skillet or a 9×13 inch dish and add mixture.  Bake at 400° for 25 minutes.


2020-2021 Board

According to a clause in our bylaws, the  Board of Directors voted at the July 13, 2020 meeting to approve the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate for the 2020-2021 Board.

 Officers                                                          

President – Elaine Henson
Vice-President – Lauren Gibbs
Secretary – Katherine Schultz
Treasurer – Eddie Capel

Directors

Cheri McNeill
John Moseley
Paul Laird
Steve Arthur
Jay Winner
Leslie Bright
Brenda Coffey
Byron Moore
Jim Dugan

 

 

 


We Now Have Autographed Copies of Chris Fonvielle’s Newest Book For Sale

We now have Chris Fonvielle’s newest book, the Glory at Wilmington: the Battle of Forks Road, available for purchase at $19.95 (+ $1.40 tax) for each copy. Chris says it’s a limited edition, and has signed each copy. He printed only a few hundred copies, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Since the History Center is closed, you may mail us a check (for $21.35) or leave a message on the answering machine at 910-458-0502,  and we’ll contact you for your credit card information or send an email to: Rebecca@Federal-Point-History.org.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.

Society Notes – August, 2020

2020-2021 Board

According to a clause in our bylaws, the  Board of Directors voted at the July 13, 2020 meeting to approve the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate for the 2020-2021 Board.

Officers                                                         

President – Elaine Henson
Vice-President – Lauren Gibbs
Secretary – Katherine Schultz
Treasurer – Eddie Capel

Directors

Cheri McNeill
John Moseley
Paul Laird
Steve Arthur
Jay Winner
Leslie Bright
Brenda Coffey
Byron Moore
Jim Dugan

 


We Now Have Copies of Chris’s New Book For Sale

 

We now have Chris Fonvielle’s newest book on the Glory at Wilmington: the Battle of Forks available for purchase at $19.95 (+ $1.40 tax) for each copy. Chris says it’s a limited edition, and has signed each copy. He printed only a few hundred copies, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Since the History Center is closed, you may mail us a check (for $21.35) or leave a message on the answering machine at 910-458-0502,  and we’ll contact you for your credit card information or send an email to: Rebecca@Federal-Point-History.org.

 


Society Notes

            By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Welcome to new members: Robert C. Cole of Carolina Beach and Carroll and Adrienne Kratzer of Carolina Beach.

Society Notes – June, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Welcome to new members: Greg Crockett of Wilmington, and Michael McMahon of Carolina Beach
  • Our Business Partner Wilmington Water Tours has announced that on Friday, June 5th, they will again begin offering services to the public and be available for private events. They are doing this for a two-week period, in a limited capacity, based on local, state, and CDC guidelines. Soon to follow they will hope to announce the availability of their water taxi services and the other full-service offerings.

Eagles Island Cruises (50 min)   Monday-Sunday – Cruise Times: (11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm)

Sunset Cruises:   Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 pm (no live music at this time)

Society Notes – May, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Research requests via email and Facebook: 3. 1) about a historic marker for the Hermit’s bunker; 2) about the remains of the Superintendent’s house at the Ethyl-Dow Plant; 3) About pictures and records of the Miss Carolina Beach Contests in the 1950s.
  • Sadly, we welcome no new members this month.
  • Our through and prayers go out to the family and friends of Linda Kuharcik who passed away on April 27, 2020. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Society, the Senior Center and the Island Cottage. We will all miss her

Web Site Scavenger Hunt

Web Site Scavenger Hunt – Not just for kids!

As a service to the teachers who are now teaching online, we’ve devised this scavenger hunt for our web site that highlights our area’s local history. Why not try it out and see how well you know your hometown?


Tap/Click the text for any question below to learn more.

  1. When did Snow’s Cut Open? What part of our national transportation network does it belong?
  2. Name the family that founded Seabreeze.
  3. What was the name of the Fort Fisher Hermit?
  4. What did the army use Fort Fisher for during World War II?
  5. Who was the commander of Fort Fisher during the Civil War?
  6. Why were “The Rocks” built? When?
  7. Who is credited with establishing the resort named Carolina Beach?
  8. Who is Kure Beach named after?
  9. What is the name of the oldest continuously operating pier on the east coast?
  10. What is the name of the rare carnivorous plant that grows only within 90 miles of Wilmington?
  11. What lighthouse was built to guide ships through New Inlet?
  12. When did Hurricane Hazel hit North Carolina?
  13. What building was known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Boardwalk?
  14. What was made at the Ethyl-Dow Plant during World War II?

 


Society Notes – April, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 23 visitors – but then, we were closed almost half of the month.
  • Welcome to new members: Joan and Peter Bartel of Carolina Beach and new business member Hurricane Alley on the Boardwalk.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur for helping with the March Newsletter.

 

Society Notes – March, 2020

 

NEW SWEATSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE  IN THE GIFT SHOP

Medium – X-Large $18.00
XX-Large $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Exhibit at
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

African Americans have been a part of the Fort Fisher story from the beginning: from the free and enslaved men who helped build the fortress, work the camps, and assist white Confederates in battle, to the U.S. Colored Troops who helped bring about the fall of Fort Fisher and the port it protected, and further to the live-fire anti-aircraft trainees stationed here during WWII.

Fort Fisher’s newest exhibit “From Slave to Soldier, Free a Man” the African American Experience at Fort Fisher, highlights African Americans’ role in Fort Fisher’s story. The exhibit is now open to the public in the Visitors Center. We invite you to take a look!

 

 


NEW BOOK!

Glory at Wilmington: The Battle of Forks Road
by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
82 pp., 6″ x 9″, paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-9984115-4-5
$16.95

Elements of Union and Confederate armies fought the Battle of Forks Road, February 20-21, 1865, for possession of Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s main seaport and most important city. Southern soldiers, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke, made one last stand in an effort to halt the Union army’s determined advance.

United States Colored Troops, commanded by Brig. Gen. Charles J. Paine, were the principal combatants for the Union in the Battle of Forks Road. The victors would control Wilmington, the Cape Fear River, and three railroads, all crucial to final military operations in North Carolina during the Civil War.


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 101 visitors in February. There were 45 people at the February meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the UDC, the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park Committee, and the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new members: John and Betsy Morris of Kure Beach, Mark and Lisa Troyer of Durham, NC, Micky Gonzales of Carolina Beach, Peter and Laurie Tollens of Wake Forest, Elsa Hergeth of Wilmington, Jim and Kelley Hargrave of Holton, Michigan, and William Catoe of Greenville, SC.
  • Apologies to ­­Ann Tinder, we overlooked thanking her for her contribution of cookies for the Reenactment.
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping mail the newsletter and for filling in while Rebecca was out sick.

Society Notes – Feb. 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Fort Fisher Fundraiser A Huge Success!

On January 18 & 19, 2020, Fort Fisher celebrated the 155th year of the Second Battle at Fort Fisher reenactment.  Once again, the Society was invited to “feed the troops” and feed those that attended.  What a great success it was for the Society and we  cleared just over $2,400.00.  It took many people to make this event happen.

The following is a list of all the people that made this event possible starting with the volunteers that came for one or both days:  Leslie Bright, Darlene Bright, Jay Winner, Steve Arthur, Jim Dugan, Jay Hockenbury, Jim Kohler, Paul Laird, Don Snook, Sylvia Snook, Barry Nelder, Shelley Wiltshire, Ray James, Helen James, Sammy Bright (Leslie’s son), Jacob Price (Leslie & Darlene’s grandson), Katherine Shultz, Jo “Rock Star” Dheilly & Cheri McNeill.

The volunteers that provided the sweets and chili are:  Ramona Hovey – chili, and the following provided sweets:  Kim Bauman, Pam Capel, Rebecca Taylor, Sylvia Snook, Elaine Henson, Shelley Wiltshire, Mary Ann Targonski, Jasmine McKee and Girl Scout Troop 1535, Jane Dugan, Steve Arthur, Juanita Winner, Darlene Bright, Cindy Clark (Darlene’s daughter) and Cheri McNeill.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERY ONE THAT HELPED TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS.

 

 

  • The History Center recorded 86 visitors in January. There were 40 people at the January meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and UDC and the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park .
  • Welcome to new members The King Family, Wendy, Bella and Neb of Wilmington, Suzanne and Frank Ruggiers of Monroe, Georgia, Rodney and Susan Jones of Topeka, Kansas and Lori Sanderlin and Bob Springle of Southport.

Happy 83rd Birthday to Punky Kure!

Society Notes – January 2020

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!

Again This year, FPHPS will sell Hot dogs, BBQ, drinks,  snacks and sweets at the Fort Fisher Reenactment on Saturday January 18, 2020 & Sunday January 19, 2020.

We need volunteers to help with the sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 am (to set up) until around 4 pm (or until we run out of food).  If you can give us a few hours on either or both days, please call the History Center at 910-458-0502 and let us know when you can be there!

 We also need people to bake sweets and bring them to the History Center on Friday January 18. Please bag them in small ziplocks – we sell each bag for $1.00 a bag; so, 2-4 cookies per bag depending on size.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 45 visitors in December. There were 50 people at the Christmas Potluck.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Don and Bee Anthony of Kure Beach and Mary Cameron of Kure Beach.

Society Notes – December, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

 We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digital copy as well.  So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.

 

  • The History Center recorded 92 visitors in November. There were 35 people at the November meeting.
  • Elaine Henson and Steve Arthur led one Boardwalk Walking Tour for a group of 21. Donation $200.00.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Allison and Jonathan Rankin of Carolina Beach, Amanda and Nestor of Carolina Beach, and Shelley Wiltshire of Wilmington.
  • Welcome to new Business Member, Kristen Dunn of BlueCoast Realty Corp.
  • Thanks to Pam Capel, Karen Sullivan, and Kathy Schultz for providing refreshments for the October meeting.

Society Notes – November, 2019

By Darlene Bright,  History Center Director

Several people requested the recipe for the dessert that Cheri made for the September meeting:

Berry Nut Crunch

INGREDIENTS

1 large can crushed pineapple and juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
3 cups fruit (fresh, frozen or any type)
1 box yellow cake mix (plain not flavored)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan; spread un-drained pineapple over bottom of the pan. Add the layer of berries and the 3/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle the box of cake mix over the fruit mix, then drizzle the melted butter all over the dry cake mix. Top with pecans. For the glaze, sprinkle the 1/4 cup sugar on top. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 50 minutes or until the cake is done. After it has baked 25 minutes, cut through the cake to the bottom of the pan to allow the juice to run through and then bake the remaining 25 minutes. Yields: 12-15 servings.

by Yvonne Thompson (FPHPS Cookbook)


We need your Pictures!

Hurricanes Diana, Bertha, Fran, Dennis, Floyd and even Florence!

We’ve been organizing and cataloging all the photos in our collection. We’ve got lots and lots of pictures from the days right after Hurricane Hazel and the damage caused by what’s called the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, but we have almost no pictures from our “modern” storms.

If you have pictures please consider LOANING them to us to scan and add to our digital archives.  We’ll give them back, and give you a digital copy as well.

So dig out those scrapbooks or boxes of photos stashed in the closet and help us document an important historic aspect of life on our coast.


  • The History Center recorded 79 visitors in October. There were 35 people at the October meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new member Eric Howell of Carolina Beach.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur and Juanita Winner for providing refreshments for the October meeting.