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Federal Point Historic Preservation Soceity: Speaker for this Month’s Meeting will be Morris Bass

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Our speaker this month will be Morris Bass who will talk on the NC Quartermaster system during the Civil War. He will speak about how NC prepared to supply its regiments with supplies and items that wewe being brought in through the blockade during the war. His talk is based on the years he has spent doing research in the NC quartermaster records which are located in the State Archives in Raleigh. Mr. Bass, a native of Sampson County, has had an interest in history from an early age. He started working at Bentonville Battleground as the “uniformed” interpreter in 1987 and worked there part-time until 1992. He graduated from Mount Olive College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in History in 1992. He worked as the Mary Holloway Seasonal Interpreter at Fort Fisher in 1993 and again in 1994. He continued to work part time at Fort Fisher from 1993-1996. From 1996-1999 he worked as a full time Interpreter I at Fort Fisher. He was then hired as the Interpreter II at the Caswell/ Neuse Site in 1999 and is still working there, where he is Operations Manager at the CSS Caswell Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston.
Last Month’s Meeting - We had a record 73 people in attendance at our July Meeting. Author Kevin P. Duffus presented an amazingly well researched history of the U-Boat activity off the coast of North Carolina in the early days WWII. He settled once and for all whether Kure Beach was attacked or not.
This program was made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state-wide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the audience was at least two thirds visitors from the community.
Kevin also signed his books and we have copies of War Zone and his earlier book The Last Days Of Blackbeard The Pirate for sale in the gift shop if you didn’t get one that evening.  
• Monday, August 20, 2012 Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm Morris Bass, of the CSS Neuse State Historic Site will talk on the role of the Quartermaster during the Civil War.
• Monday, September 17, 2012: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm From 1903-1958 the Cape Fear Lighthouse stood guard over Frying Pan Shoals from the SE corner of Bald Head Island. Sometime after it was destroyed it’s first order Fresnel Lens ended up in front of an antiques shop in Wilmington. Members of the Old Baldy Foundation will travel from Bald Head Island to tell us the story of how they are bringing the lens back to the Island, and how we can help.
• Monday October 15, 2012: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Local author, and Society member Elaine Henson will bring us her picture history on the building of the Intracoastal Waterway, from Wrightsville Beach to the South Carolina line. It was far more than just Snow’s Cut.
• Monday, November 19, 2012: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Author and local historian Jack Fryar will join us to talk about the Yellow Fever epidemic that hit Wilmington in 1862. Did the blockade runner Kate bring the disease? How did the city cope? A Confederate soldier described the scene in a letter to his mother: “The reported appearance of this deadly contagion… created a tremendous panic in the city. The citizens were leaving by scores and hundreds in every manner of conveyance that could be obtained.”
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 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. www.federalpointhistory.org