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Federal Point Historic Preservation Society May Meeting to include Lois Carol Wheatley May 21st

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Lois Carol Wheatley grew up in a rural area of Maryland that is now the bustling metropolis of Columbia. She likes to claim she's pre-Columbian. With an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland, she went on to earn a graduate degree from East Carolina University. Her master’s thesis, "Women Writers of Black Mountain College," appeared in the North Carolina Literary Review and is now among the permanent collection of the Black Mountain Museum + Gallery in Asheville. After grad school she went to work as a staff writer for the Herald-Sun in Durham, and for the past ten years has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and web sites. For her book, "Images of America: Carolina Beach" she collected photos of Seabreeze, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher from area residents and from FPHPS members, and has put together a slide show for our May 21 meeting.
Also this month we will present our annual 4th Grade essay contest winners. This year we have two winners, Harley Meiks for his creative essay on what it would be like to live in a lighthouse and Nicole Creech for her factual essay on the history of the Federal Point Lighthouse. Their families have been invited to join us to hear the winners read their essays and receive their awards.Last Month’s Meeting
Our meeting last month was something different. We held the opening of our new exhibit: Development Through Leisure: A History of Beach-going in Carolina Beach. 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. We also have a recreation of the “Carolina Moon” and people are welcome to take pictures with this iconic landmark.
President’s Message
Well our new exhibit about the growth of tourism here on Federal Point is open and if you haven’t seen it yet do stop by the History Center and take a look. (Open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4) Devin and Tammy did a super job of presenting the development of our area and their research and hard work shows in every panel. Be sure to bring your camera and catch a picture in the “Carolina Moon” or the Sea Breeze back drop.
It’s not too late to join us on the Lower Cape Fear River History Cruise on Sunday May 20! This event is our biennial fund raiser and is made possible by the generous donation of time and knowledge by FOUR historians: Chris Fonvielle, Jack Fryar, Richard Lawrence and Leslie Bright as well as John Golden with period music and a reenactment of Captain Roberts, the blockade runner.