Events Calendar: 2017 (Past) Presentations

——— Past Meetings – 2017 ———

Monday, July 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Jennifer Daughterty, Local History librarian for the New Hanover Public Library, will talk to us about genealogy, genetic testing, and how it is affected by race and ethnicity.




Monday, August 21, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)
Program: Author Tanya Binford, will talk about her book Crossing the Wake. At age 51 she took a year off work and accomplished her goal of circumnavigating the Eastern United States in a 25 foot boat.





Monday, September 18, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Chris Fonvielle, author, historian and noted expert on Fort Fisher, returns to present his newest program, “Sex and the Civil War.” This one is rated PG-13.





Monday, October 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development & Training Officer, NC Division of State Historic Sites, returns to present a program titled, “North Carolina Personalities of the War of 1812.







Monday, November 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00.  (past meetings)
Program: Vann Pearsall, of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, will present a program on the mission and goals of this nonprofit formed in 1992 to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.



Monday December 18, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish (past meetings)

The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members to celebrate the holiday season with all our history friends.




History Center — Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex


They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.



Monday, April 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program:  Have you ever seen an old picture or post card of a Carolina Beach building and wondered where it was located or what is there today?

Elaine Henson will show businesses and buildings from long ago and what is there now, and in some cases, what was there in between.







Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Rescheduled
Original date: March 18, 2017 – Canceled because of rain.

Historian Chris Fonvielle will lead his annual walk along the remnants of the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense.  Pre-registration is required. Call 910-458-0502. A donation of $10.00 is requested.  (past meetings)

Chris Fonvielle: Local history buffs hope to rediscover Rock Spring (StarNews Online, March 18, 2017) Members of the Public Archaeology Corps hope to excavate the site of the Rock Spring, underneath the soon-to-be-demolished Water Street parking deck.


Monday, March 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program: John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk on US Medal of Honor Winners from the Lower Cape Fear area.






Monday, February 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm.(past meetings)

Program: Kemp Burdett, Cape Fear River Keeper will talk to us about his work to protect the water quality and ecosystem of the Cape Fear River.





Monday, January 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.   (past meetings)
Program:  Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum will talk about WWI in Wilmington as well as how it has been memorialized in our area. We will be doing a WWI exhibit in the Spring of 2017 and this will be our kickoff.

——— Past Meetings – 2016 ———

Monday December 12, 2016: 6:30–8:30 pm.History Center Monument Daytime 06-0816 b
Holiday Covered Dish: (past meetings)

The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members.




Monday  November 21, 2016 (past meetings)

Program: Travis Gilbert will talk on the Ladies Memorial Association, who just after the Civil War made it their mission to inter or re-inter the bodies of  Confederate soldiers and to raise monuments in their honor.








hazel #3Monday October 17, 2016 (past meetings)

Program: Weatherman Steve Pfaff, returns to join several of our members in Remembering Hurricane Hazel, a landmark in the lifetime of everyone who grew up on the beach in the 40’s and 50’s.

Steve Pfaff’s presentation.





Jim Mckee

Monday, September 19, 2016: 7:30-9:00 (past meetings)

Program: Jim McKee, Site Manager of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will present Archaeological Finds at Brunswick  Town Wharf.

Learn what recent artifacts archaeologists have unearthed along the river. Hear details about efforts by Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson to save our colonial history from flowing out into the Cape Fear. Jim will bring items to show and share a bit of history as well.

Jim McKee presentation.



Jack Fryar

Monday, August 15, 2016:  7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program: Jack Fryar; After a 3 year hiatus  to finish 3 degrees at UNCW, historian Jack Fryar returns with the conclusion of the “American Revolution In the South.

This great storyteller always manages to engage us in the events and personalities of the past.

Jack Fryer’s presentation.



summers-seabreeze-2Monday, July 18, 2016: 7:30-9:00 pm.  Program: Zach Hanner  (past meetings)

Actor, Musician, and Playwrite of the hit musical “Summers at Seabreeze” first performed at TheaterNOW in 2015.  Zach will talk about how he created the show that portrays the heyday of the Seabreeze resort.

Zack Hanner’s presentation.


Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex

Monday June 20, 2016: 6:30–8:30 pm. Summer Potluck/Picnic. (past meetings)

The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members.



Bathing SuitMonday May 16, 2016: 7:30-9:00 (past meetings)

Program: Elaine Henson will take a look at bathing suits from 1910 to the 1960s through vintage advertising.

From the early suits that look like dresses in the early 1900s to the baby doll look of the 60s, these magazine pages also show a little slice of what life was like during the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, the fifties and sixties.  More >>>>>



Monday April 18, 2016: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)


Steven Pfaff of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will speak to us about the mysterious phenomena called the Seneca Guns.

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family treeMonday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. (past meetings)

Rebecca Taylor will present a program on “Finding Your Family History.” She will cover the major databases, both free and subscription including and as well as other ancillary sites like and Find A Grave.  This is a basic, beginner’s introduction to genealogy and will focus on things anyone can do on their own from home or the public library.

Rebecca Taylor’s presentation.




Chris-Fonvielle-portrait-1Saturday March 12, 2016. 2pm – 4pm.  (past meetings)

Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle. $5.00 donation requested. Limit of 25 participants. Meet at the Federal Point History Center. 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place.




Suzanne Dorsey Monday, February 15, 2016: 7:30-9:00 pm.   (past meetings)

Program: Suzanne Dorsey, PhD, Executive Director Bald Head Island Conservancy. She will talk about the Conservancy at Bald Head Island and her work as its director.  She will also discuss barrier islands and the implications of the possible removal of the Rocks at Fort Fisher.




Monday, January 18 2016: 7:30-9:00 pm.   (past meetings)CCC-poster 113x160

Program: Scott Len will speak on the Civilian Conservation Corps created during the Great Depression and on the history of Camp Sapona located on the Brunswick Co. side of the Cape Fear River.

Scott Len’s presentation.