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Federal Point Historic Preservation Society April 16th: Development Through Leisure: A History of Beach Going in Carolina's Playground

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
This month our program will be a change from our usual format. 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. Refreshments and time to take in the exhibit will round out the evening. 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.”
In 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.”  
2 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.