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History Place Newsletter

The Carteret County Historical Society, Inc. Morehead City, North Carolina

(252) 247-7533 [email protected]

Volume 20, Issue 5 September-October 2010

Calling all volunteers!! Join us on Monday, October 18th at 11

a.m. at the History Place for our Meet and Greet luncheon. We will talk about the new things happening at the museum, volunteer opportunities, introduce our new curator and library director and get to know each other a little better. Plan to join us and bring a prospective volunteer with you. We will have our annual Volunteer Appreciation in January. Please plan to join us then as well. Call Cindi and reserve your spot for lunch on Monday, October 18th 252-247-7533 x 101.

We have a special treat for you, our members, this October. On Tuesday, October 26th, we will host our Founders Fund Evening. You will enjoy heavy hors d' oeuvres, wine and a personal tour of new exhibits. Our Board of Directors will be on hand to meet you and show you around. And...we have a very special surprise that we can not let out of the bag yet!! Let's just say, there will be action, memories, music, laughter and a lot more. There is no admission charge for this event, but we would like you to consider supporting the Founders Fund. The Founders' Fund is an endowment for the future of the History Place. One day we hope to expand the building and we need to start now raising those funds.

Do you play Bunco?? Would you like to learn how?? Then join us at the History Place for our newest fund-raiser on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. We will serve home-made chili and the fixings and a cash bar will be available. We have great door-prizes too. It's $12 per person. Part of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship at the Carteret Community College. Call us and put your name on the list. Bunco is great fun and so easy to learn. 252-2477533 x 106. Special thanks to Emily Moltz who is coordinating this fund-raiser.

The 3rd Annual Fall Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, September 26th at 2 p.m. at the History Place. The whole family can be part of constructing life-size scarecrows that they can take home for their own fall decorations. Each scarecrow will be created for notable people of Carteret County including John Motley Morehead, Morehead City's founder; Emeline Pigott, confederate spy, or even Blackbeard the pirate. Guests will learn a little history about some of the prominent people in Carteret County while having a lot of fun. Guests should bring a pair of denim pants (jeans), a flannel shirt and a pillow case, or for a small charge, the museum will supply them. The History Place will also furnish the straw, stuffing, backbone boards, nails, hammers, rope and pins to hold the scarecrows together. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $10 per scarecrow and seating is limited. Advance reservations are required. Call the History Place at 252-247-7533 ext. 106.

National Museum Day

Celebrating Local Families

Saturday, September 18th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Family Photo Display Boards Recipe Swap, Archivist, Preservation Tips and much more! See page 7 for more details

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The Black Maria

The other day Ruth Wippich and her mother stopped in and said they wanted to donate a timeshare to the History Place. Ruth told me that she and her mother, Elsie Hodge, had bought timeshares to share with Elsie's children and grandchildren, and hoped that they would use them and enjoy getting away in beautiful surroundings. The grandchildren never did use them, and Elsie and Ruth ended up with timeshares that they couldn't use. Actually, mother and daughter wanted to donate three timeshares ­ all of which are in great locations! 1) Williamsburg Plantation is located just minutes away from colonial Williamsburg with all the amenities that one would expect to find at a facility. The condo consists of two levels and each level has two bedrooms and two baths. 2) Kissimmee, Florida and this is a unit that has two bedrooms and two baths, but the unit can sleep six. It is located at Vacation Villas at Fantasy World or DISNEY WORLD. It is approximately three miles from Disney. What a joy this would be for the family. 3) Hilton Head, SC . This is a condo that has two bedrooms and two baths. Hilton Head is a wonderful place to vacation with so much to do there. It's also noted for golf, men! Again, this would sleep six people. All three of these timeshares are deeded for life and have specific weeks in which to use them. These timeshares are fully equipped so there is nothing you need to take with you for the units. Interested? They will be part of our Silent Auction starting in October. You can come into the History Place for a month, view items and actually start bidding. Many of our bidders come in periodically to rebid if they wish. At the end of the Antique-A-Thon in November, the auction will close and winners can take their treasures with them or choose to be called at home to let them know they were the highest bidder. It's fun and beautifully organized. Lois and Sandra Aldridge are doing a grand job. If you are interested in any of these timeshares and would like additional information, you can call me at the History Place, or drop by early October to check them out. Our appreciation goes out to Ruth and Elsie for their generous donation. They have been most kind to remember us with these contributions. Thank you Ruth and Elsie. ~Janet Eshleman

by J. C. Knowles

Have you ever heard the term "Black Maria?" The "Black Maria" use to roam the streets of almost any town of size. Yes, every town had at least one. They were horse drawn and usually made their round at night. Later they were called the "paddy wagon." The Black Maria was the wagon used by the local police to pick up drunks and bums that dotted the streets at night, some so drunk they simply passed out in the gutters. It was a hard job and sometimes there was real trouble in getting some of the people into the wagon. Generally the Black Maria was a long narrow wagon, painted black, enclosed by a lattice type sides. Seats lined both sides inside, so that the prisoners would be facing each other. The only entrance was from the rear of the wagon. In the front separated from the interior of the wagon is where the driver sat. He was always protected from the prisoners. Now, let me tell you, the policeman who was in charge did not ride inside the wagon, for it was to dangerous. Some times the prisoners would try to gang up and attack the officer. Getting back to the driver, on the floor board of the front was mounted a brass gong which with his feet he could ring. This is what we would think of today as the siren. As he drove down the street clanging the brass gong, everyone would run out into the street to see if they could see and know the prisoner. It was natural that when the automobile came into play, the Black Maria was done away with.

Janet Eshleman- President Carol I. Smith- Vice-President Pam Janoskey- Treasurer Emily Moltz - Secretary Sara Barbee- Curator Grace Ewen and Stacey VerosMuseum Store Managers Kelly Fiori - Library Director

Sherley Buckland Tom Kelley Carole Pelletier Michelle Powers Lib Sawyers Marjorie Spruill

Cindi Hamilton - Executive Director Preston Lane - Security/Maintenance Bill Gilbert - Webmaster

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Educator's Corner

BY KELLY FIORI

The Jack Spencer Goodwin Research Library has been a busy place! We had a second book sale and made quite a profit for the library! Thanks to all who donated books and who bought books! Dr. John Stephens especially thanks you, because now we are able to purchase new housing for our archival collection that he has worked so hard on! Dr. Horace Loftin has been busy adding names, and other information, to the Family Tree database from genealogy publications as well as donations from our great patrons! We have been very fortunate in the last month to have genealogy information on local families sent to us from as far as California! This information has helped us fill in the blanks that existed in these families history. We continue to digitize photographs in our vertical files and have embarked on a new project that includes the scanning and indexing of the 1900 North Carolina census. In August we had a Volunteer Training Day for the Library volunteers to better equip them with the knowledge needed to serve our patrons. And in October, we plan to have a Volunteer "Meet and Greet" where all the volunteers at The History Place will have a chance to get to know one another and learn what important service each volunteer provides. We LOVE our volunteers and want to make their time here as fun and rewarding as possible! Other exciting news is the upcoming Family Photo Day! Much like the New Bern Family History Fair, the Carteret County Historical Society has decided to honor the local families of Carteret County. On September 18, we plan to celebrate local families with a day of family photo display boards and good eats! Please see the website for more information and directions on how to make a photo display board for your own family! September is National Museum Month and we want to celebrate with you and your family!

By Carol Smith, Educator

Wow! What a great summer we had! Both of our history camps were successful with a full group of campers. I can't thank Rodney Kemp, Jane DiFiore and Sara Barbee enough for all their help. Also thanks to Hillery, Ryan, Emma and Christen for being our counselors. And thanks to Pam Leper and Emily Moltz for the snacks and lunches. We thank the Carteret Community Foundation for its grant to help sponsor the two camps and provide scholarships. Now it's time to gear up for a new year of Tar Heel Junior Historians with Morehead Elementary School. This year we're going to study the commercial fishing industry and plan to visit the History Place, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, the Maritime Museum plus take a cruise on the Susan Hudson from the Duke University lab. Look for us to have a unique display in our art hallway come spring! We'll be showing off all we learned. We recently received a new and improved heavy-duty travel trunk. This one will be easier to pull along school hallways and should last many, many years. Both of our Native American Indian trunks are ready to travel now and the Civil War trunk will be ready by January. We thank Carteret Craven Electric for the grant that has allowed us to purchase our traveling trunks. We have several programs ready to present to preschoolers and letters have been sent to let them know we're ready for them. They can choose from Native American Indians, Chugging with Trains, Pirates and an overall museum tour. Their programs can include crafts and snacks for a small fee. Our upcoming Fall Family Fun Day was advertised in the Our State magazine! We're going to make lots of scarecrows! Join us Sept 26 from 2-4 p.m. as we make scarecrows to look like famous people of Carteret County (they could be family members!). If you feel led to assist with any or all of these programs, please call me 252-247-7533.

Our huge silent auction begins October 1st. Lois and Sandra Aldridge have done a phenomenal job securing items for the auction. You will find fabulous treasures to bid on. The auction will continue until 3 p.m. on the day of the Antique-A-Thon which will be on Saturday, Nov. 6th. Plan

on coming by to check these items out.

You will be receiving your Summer-Fall Researcher soon. We are now accepting articles for the Winter-Spring Issue, so I invite you to please write a family history or memories of a place or event and submit it. ~Cindi, Editor

Web Site: www.thehistoryplace.org

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This year's two summer camps were awesome! Twenty-four campers enjoyed learning history the fun way. Of course it was fun - - Rodney Kemp and Carol Smith led the camps! The comments from the parents ranged from "The camp was excellent", "He can't wait until next year to come back", "She said that it was the best fun ever" to "Can we have more than two camps next year". Needless to say, the camps were a big hit with the children and parents. And special thanks to Emily Moltz and Pam Leeper who handled the snacks and lunches every day. We also thank the Carteret Community Foundation for its generous grant which allowed us to offer four full scholarships and buy crafts.

Each of our Craft Fairs gets better and better. Our August fair was the most successful yet and boy, we had a FULL house. The vendors and the public were thrilled with the turnout and we are looking forward to our Holiday Craft Fair to be held Saturday, November

13th.from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special thanks to Laurel Gandy who helps organize and arrange the set-up and to Pam Leeper and Emily Moltz who run the kitchen and cook the world's best hot dogs!!!

The popular "Lunch with a Dash of History" series with storyteller Rodney Kemp is held at noon on Fridays at the History Place, 1008 Arendell Street, in downtown Morehead City. The new fall series begins Friday - September 10th. The topics for the series are: Friday, Sept. 10th - WWII in Carteret County; Friday, Sept. 24th - Salter Path and Mrs. Alice G. Hoffman; Friday, October 8th - The Lost Colony; Friday, October 22nd Cedar Island and Friday, Dec. 10th - Christmas Stories. Tickets are $10 for lunch and only $4 without lunch. Reservations must be made and tickets paid for before Wednesday prior to each lecture by calling 252-247-7533 ext. 106, or stop by the Museum Store. We certainly thank Rodney for all he does for the History Place.

By Sara Barbee, Curator

Our School Days exhibit will be opening in September and special thanks go to contributors: Lucille Guthrie of Beaufort loaned her yearly guides for the Beaufort High School Seadogs 1922-1945; Jacob Godwin, Jr. of Newport donated a school desk, 1930 map, teachers books and Future Farmers of America banners; Phyllis O'Toole Gentry brought in two really impressive and informative personal scrapbooks; Carol Bessent Hayman donated a copy of "A Gift Of Memories and Friendship to the Class of 1944; Audry Taylor donated a memoire of the Class of 1950. I hope you will find the exhibit both nostalgic and commemorative. Stop in and let us know what you think. It's been a busy month for accessions and I thank Ingrid Hastings for coming in and helping me.

We desperately want to add lighting in the Auditorium/Banquet Room to help with our many events like the Craft Fairs, rentals and Antique-A-Thon. But, wow, it is expensive and not in our budget. We have two different price quotes to add `drop-in' florescent lights that would fit in the grids. The price is about $1,900 including labor. The lighting would make such a difference. Will anyone donate towards the lighting, please!!!

Upcoming Craft Fairs

Saturday, November 13th {Holiday Show} Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Editor of the History Place Newsletter

Cindi B. Hamilton

Web Site: www.thehistoryplace.org

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Museum Store

Our 3rd International Dinner was absolutely fantastic. The food was elegant and delicious, the entertainment was super, the decorations were fabulous and the fellowship was superb. Emily Moltz did a stellar job organizing the event. Thank you Emily!! We also thank the fine chefs of the CCC Culinary Department and Floyds, the students at Croatan High School who sang and played the guitars, Rodney O'Kemp who performed Irish stories and our fine sponsors: Alex and Bretts, Chalk & Gibbs Insurance, Kittrell Auto Parts, Edward Jones, Mallard, Farrington Yardworks, Inc. and Farrington Construction. By Grace Ewen & Stacey Veros Store Co-Managers Hope you didn't miss the Craft Fair held in August. We were impressed with the many artisans, and have included products from some of them in our store. Check out our new potters, Barbara Odgers unusual circle mirrors and Nancy Newman's berry bowls and small pitchers ­ all at reasonable prices. Also, lovely multi-color fused glass pendants by Lori King. Different bracelets and necklaces of bead jewelry by Laurel Gandy. New photographers Robin Wynn and Chris McCaffity have joined us. Robin's pictures of horses and the ocean are beautiful. Chris has captured the sea life in his photos and has also produced a 2011 calendar, the proceeds from which go to help support the Commercial Fisherman's Assistance program. His great camera eye is a natural talent that complements his fishing skills. Dottie Netherton shows her skill with centuries old scissoring art in the delicate "scherenschnitte" note cards. It's hard to believe the intricate designs are achieved with scissors. Always on the lookout for new books, this month we have added Eric Lindblade's volume on the February 2, 1864 battle of Newport barracks "Fight as Long as Possible" selling for $15.95. Did you know about Sheep Island or Middle Community? James E. White has published a definitive book on Portsmouth Island titled "Portsmouth Island: A Walk in the Past" and is a must-have at $21.95. He has uncovered many facts heretofore unknown and is a fascinating speaker. We have invited him to a book signing on Sunday afternoon, October 24th. Don't miss this. The lovely silver jewelry which boasts of magnetic clasps for the bracelets and some of the necklaces was so popular that we have had to reordered a new supply in time for the coming holidays. Be sure to visit the store to make your selection while the supply lasts.

Our 50/50 CASH RAFFLE is underway. It will run until our Christmas party on Saturday, December 11th where we will draw the lucky ticket. Who couldn't use several hundred extra dollars!!! Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. You may buy your tickets at the museum store inside the History Place. You may remember last year the winner received $900 as her portion of the winnings!!!

Check Your Label

Look at the mailing label on the back page and check your renewal date. If you have 9/1/2010 or 10/1/2010 it's time to mail in your membership! Or you may pay your dues online. www.thehistoryplace.org Please renew your membership!

NEEDED: We are looking for someone with TEXTILE experience to help us identify some clothing artifacts and guide us on how to clean and repair them. Call Sara or Cindi at 247-7533 x 101 if you can help.

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Carol Smith donated an antique sock stretcher, army spats and photos. Cecelia Ward donated toys from 1940s-1950s, doll dresses, olden children's games and a viewmaster. Ruth Wippich donated three great time shares.

September-October 2010

Recent General Donations:

Sharron Bryant Juanita Cannon Pam Cooper Elaine and Wayne Crigler Charles Davis Helen Ellington Janet Eshleman Jean Ferguson Jack Goodwin Pam Janoskey Pam Leeper Emily Moltz Town of Morehead City Laura Lib Sawyers Nell Ward In Memory of Paul Branch, Sr. Given By Les and Grace Ewen In Memory of Bob Jones Given By Carol and Ronald Houchin CyrPeter and Nancy Kensicki Linda Tom New Tables Purchased By Nell Ward Bricks Purchased By Michelle and Harry Nevers

Ann Henderson Sandi Jones

Our Heartfelt Sympathies go to the family and friends

The recent Library Book Sale was a tremendous success raising more than $400 for the library. We thank Kelly and her great staff for organizing this event.

Glenn Adair Cary Boshamer Paul Branch, Sr. Rollin L. Clayton Sue Norwood Betty Smith

This month meet our dynamic duo of PAM LEEPER and EMILY MOLTZ. These sisters do so much Items Donated for the History Place. Emily works Bill Barrington donated a tree trunk For more information, call Wanda W. in the store and Pam is the Greeter for our Indian project and bags of Davis, Life Enrichment Program Coordi- Coordinator. They plan fund-raisers, shirts and pillow cases for the Family cook hotdogs for our events, do the nator, 252-222-6016 Fall Day. The Habitat Retail Store also shopping, keep kitchen supplies full, donated pillow cases. fill in where needed and the list goes on and on. Earle Wade and Bob Guthrie do- TRIVIA: In 1792, nated an authentic loon lure. Mike Flynn donated WWII items that belonged to his grandfather, Kenneth Spittle. Emily Moltz donated antique gloves and vintage cook books. Bill and Betty Motes donated shell jewelry.

The Carteret Community College in Morehead City is offering a Civil War Series that some of our members may be interested in attending. The course is $15 and the subjects include: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Command, Musings on the Civil War - Part I and II, Weapons and Tactics, Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, The Seven Days Battles, The Antietam Campaign, The Chancellorsville Campaign, The Gettysburg Campaign, The Battle of Shiloh, The Battle of Second Manassas, Artillery Exploits of the Civil War, Cavalry Exploits of the Civil War and The End of the Civil War in NC.

Come join our Volunteer Family. We really need Greeters, Library Assistants and Store Clerks. Share your talent with us! Call 252-2477533 x 101, or come to the Meet and Greet on October 18th.

first class postage was six cents for less than 30 miles, eight cents for 30-60 miles, ten cents for 60100 miles and twelve and one half cents for over 100 miles.

Pam Leeper & Emily Moltz Web Site: www.thehistoryplace.org

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Some of our members have asked us to add a financial update to our newsletter. We recently created a new Research Library Endowment Fund. It was opened with $11,989 and the only money to be spent from it will be the interest earned. We certainly hope that our members will donate to this fund which will be used to benefit our library. In June, our general fund had an income of $14,800 and expenses of $10,800. This left us a net earning of $4,000. During the month of July, our income was $17,400 with expenses adding to $19,100, leading to a net loss of about $1,700. In the last quarter, dues income and general donations have been down but rental of the auditorium and museum store sales have increased.

On August 16, 1895, North Carolina - The North Carolina Railroad is leased to Southern Railroad for a period of 99 years.

In talking with our members, we have learned that perhaps having a monthly membership meeting is not the best solution in meeting the needs of our mission. Since we host so many various programs and events, the board has decided to hold only one membership meeting this year and have that as part of our general meeting in November where the elections take place. The attendance at our monthly membership meetings continues to decline and it is somewhat embarrassing to have a speaker and less than 10 people attend. Also, the pool of speakers tend to be used by every other organization and becomes repetitive. We will continue to host our "Sunday Supplement" programs and special speakers funded through the Humanities Council or grants. As they say, "Times have changed" so we must change with the times. There will not be a monthly meeting in September or October.

Back by popular demand is our trip to London, England planned for March 23-30, 2011. We have a great deal for you. For $850, the trip includes round-trip transportation between airport and hotel, six night stay at the Holiday Inn Regents Park, breakfast, London city tour, theater tickets for a show and much more. There are also numerous tours available including seeing Windsor Castle, Leed's Castle, Waarwick Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford and more. We are also heading to the National Parks of the American West on September 25-October 2, 2011. For $1,485 the trip includes round-trip transportation between the airport and hotel, accommodations for 7 nights, full breakfast, trip down historic Route 66, two nights in Las Vegas, canyons, parks and all the beauty that America offers. For a packet or more information, call our Joanne Belanger at Changes In Latitude 252-726-7383. This is a fund-raiser trip for the History Place. Looking ahead to Summer 2011, we have a Wine Country Trip (Napa Valley, lake Tahoe and Yosemite) on June 24July 1 and a trip to Canada's Rockies on July 18-24.

On Saturday, Sept. 18th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the History Place will celebrate National Museum Day by holding a Carteret County Family Photo Day! The public is encouraged to participate by creating a Family Photo Board using a 3-panel display board with photos and a family tree to share. People can add their family crest, letters or other materials that define their family. The boards will be on display through the day and should be dropped off to the History Place on or before 17th. Friday, Sept. 17th To see some sample boards and more information, go to the museum's website www.thehistoryplace.org. The boards can be purchased at Staples or Wal-Mart and cost about $4. People should use a copy of their original photos on the board and photos should be identified. If the local families would like, the Library staff will scan the family photos for the museum files. People are also invited to bring in a family baked good to donate to the Family Bake Sale. Those of you who participate are asked to write down your "FAMILY RECIPE" for guest handouts. In addition, there will be a guest archivist on hand to speak on proper preservation of documents and family photographs.

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Bulk Rate Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Morehead City, NC 28557

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Carteret County Historical Society, Inc. 1008 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247-7533 fax: (252) 247-2756 e-mail: [email protected]

PERMIT # 42

To Our Valued Member:

R BE th 18

M TE P SE

2010 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DUES Student $10 Individual $25 Individual Life $250

The History Place is partly federally financed by a grant from the USDA

Couple $30

Family or Organization $35 Business $100

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Friday, Sept. 10th - Lunch With A Dash of History Saturday, September 18th - National Museum Day Friday, Sept. 24th - Lunch With A Dash of History Sunday, Sept. 26th - Fall Family Fun Day 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8th - Lunch With A Dash of History Monday, Oct. 18th - MEET AND GREET - 11a.m. ALL Volunteers Wednesday, Oct. 20th - BUNCO Party 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22nd - Lunch With A Dash of History Tuesday, Oct. 26th - Founders Fund Gala

Accent Travel & Cruises Atlantis Lodge Big Rock Foundation Carteret Community Foundation Carteret Craven Electric Changes in Latitude/Travel Club Chinaberry Gifts Coastal Business Machines The Holland Group Real Estate

Daniel G. FischlerWells Fargo Advisors Emerald Isle Realty Harvell & Company Howe's Heating & Air Dr. David Robertson, D.D.S. Roland's Barbecue Taylor Extended Care Tea Clipper & Tea Shop

Tommy Simpson Construction Snug Harbour at Nelson Bay Sound Bank Travel Team, LLC Web Dawgs - Mike Lambert James M. Wells, D.D.S. Woodmen of the World #188

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