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Federal Point Historic Preservation Society February Meeting will feature Frances Massey speaking on the history of the Island of Lights

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 18, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
This month’s program will feature Frances Massey speaking on the history of the Island of Lights Committee. The project was originally founded in 1989-1990 as a project of the short lived Carolina Beach Jaycees. By early 1991 a formal Island of Lights Committee had a membership of 20 volunteers. Today they have an active membership of almost 50. Their ongoing fundraising projects include the April fashion show, a booth at the October Jazz Festival, and, of course, the annual Christmas ornament and Christmas card. Events currently include the Lights on the Lake, the Christmas Parade, the Holiday flotilla, a tour of homes, and the New Years Eve countdown.
Our speaker, Frances Massey has strong ties to the local community. Her family moved to Carolina Beach when she was in 5th grade and she attended Carolina Beach School, Sunset Junior High, and was a member of the first full class at Hoggard High School. She is now retired from a life long career teaching K-5 special education in the New Hanover County Schools.
Also at this month’s meeting!  The library re-model is finally done and it looks so professional! Our library and achives will be far more functional with room to expand the collection as time goes by. Best of all we will be able to put our hands on specific information much more quickly.
It will also provide a more effective and useful space for writers and researchers. We will “cut the ribbon” to show off our new space to members and visitors just before the meeting.
Chris Fonvielle Leads Walk to Sugarloaf Saturday March 16, 2013 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Parts of the Civil War “Battle of Fort Fisher” were fought across the Federal Point peninsula well north of the Fort itself. And if you know where to look you can still see remnants of the trenches and embankments today. Again this year Dr. Chris Fonvielle will lead this popular narrated walk from the Federal Point History Center (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.) through the Carolina Beach State Park to Sugarloaf, a landmark on the banks of the Cape Fear River. The walk will last about 2 hours.
A $5.00 donation is requested and can be paid the day of the walk. There is a limit of 25 participants so everyone can see and hear Dr. Fonvielle’s narration. Reservations may be made by calling the Federal Point History Center. Call 910-458-0502.

Calender of Events:

• Monday, March 18, 2013: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Local historian and author, Anne Hutteman, will talk about the life and times of Captain John Harper and his vital influence in the development of “our beach.”
• Monday April 15, 2013: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm Billy Ray Morris, the new Director of the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Lab, will talk to us about the ongoing re-examination and interpretation of the maritime aspects of the Fort Fisher campaign.
• Monday May 20, 2013: Membership Meeting. 7:30-900 pm. Civil War historican, Chris Fonvielle will talk about his new book: FACES OF FORT FISHER:1861-1864. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.
Monday June 17, 2013: Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Summer Potluck/Picnic. The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members.
Also Upcoming! A Saturday in March 2013 (exact date TBA) Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle 2pm-4pm. $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.
All Programs are free 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.