Special thanks to The Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland for providing videotape, models, and other documentation for the Operation Bumblebee exhibit which forms the core of the Museum. Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday 2-5pm now through Labor Day Bumblebee Buzz June 2019 Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future. A Note From The President Missiles and More Museum has been hosting visitors from all over North Carolina, the United States and abroad. The Bingo program began this week much to the delight of tourists and residents alike. Our exciting Summer Aquarium Program will begin June 26th. Plans are already in the works for our coastal arts and
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Historical Society of Topsail Island raffles limited edition canvas with portion of Surf City Swing Bridge2019-05-30T14:16:22-04:00
Historical Society of Topsail Island raffles limited edition canvas with portion of Surf City Swing Bridge TOPSAIL BEACH – A Limited edition canvas, "The Last Sunrise" with swing bridge metal, has been donated to the Historical Society of Topsail Island (HSTI) by Topsail artist Jeff Wenzel. HSTI is selling raffle tickets at the Missiles and More Museum, Monday through Saturday from 2pm-5pm. The cost of tickets is $5 for one or $20 for five. Earlier this year, Wenzel donated a 5-ft. steel truss and the wood base from the bridge fender system from the iconic structure. The pieces cut by Balfour Beatty and crafted into a unique exhibit by HSTI member, Rick Stidley is on display at the Missiles and More Museum.
Come visit the Missiles and More Museum and see our new Exhibit: And then there were three...Topsail Island Piers Bumblebee Buzz May 2019 Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future. A Note From The President Thank you for your support during my term as president of HSTI. Without our dedicated, hardworking volunteers none of our programs and events would be possible. I would especially like to thank our HSTI Board members. Many challenges were met by this Board with a keen determination to do what was needed and to do it right. I appreciate their courage, insight, and commitment to preserve our historic Assembly Building. Each of them has served
2019 HSTI Scholarship Winners and Education Chairman (l-r) Abigail Korenek, Sophie Korenek, Virginia Teachey, Madison Snyder and Anna Bradshaw photo by Stephanie Key Bumblebee Buzz April 2019 Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future. A Note From The President We are nearing completion of our extensive restoration projects for the Assembly Building and Missiles and More Museum. Hundreds of volunteer hours, as well as, professional services have gone into the roof truss system and post hurricane restoration. To date we have invested about $437,000 to keep our Assembly building strong and safe. Without our volunteers, the cost would have been much higher. We are so grateful for their
Commerce and Conflict; Wilmington, Fort Fisher and Blockade Running During the Civil War The Historical Society of Topsail Island (HSTI) invites you to lunch with our exciting speaker, John William Morris III, MA, RPA (aka Billy Ray) at our April Luncheon. Morris explores Wilmington during the American Civil War, one of the most important ports in the Confederacy. With two approaches into the Cape Fear River Wilmington rapidly became the pivotal port for the importation of supplies and munitions for the Army of Northern Virginia. The Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Office of State Archaeology has recorded 27 shipwrecks from vessels involved in the campaign to close the port of Wilmington from 1861-1865. The program is set for April
Join Us Thursday March 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at The Historic Assembly Building Want to know more about how the Intracoastal Waterway made its way through North Carolina? Join HSTI and Elaine B. Henson for "The Big Dig: A History of the Intracoastal Waterway in New Hanover County". Lunch, catered by The Beach Shop and Grill will be corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, salad, rolls, dessert and tea. There is no charge for the program only, but please register to guarantee your seat!Elaine Blackwell Henson is presently the President of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. She has served as a past president of the Cape Fear Garden Club, past chairman of Azalea Garden Tour and has served on the
What Happened to the Lost Colony? Join David LaVere, Ph.D. from the North Carolina Humanities Council at the Historical Society of Topsail Island's February Luncheon to explore this mystery! Catered by the Beach Shop and Grill- So you know lunch will be great! Penne Pasta with Meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert and tea. Space is limited so be sure to Register Soon! Register Now! The Lost Colony is one of the great NC mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans.
TOPSAIL BEACH – In a celebration of student achievement, the Historical Society of Topsail Island awarded Ashley Spillane, Richard Baker, Emily Korenek, and George Horiates III scholarships. The four students, hailing from Topsail and Dixon high schools, chose a historical event which occurred in Onslow or Pender counties. The students presented their projects during the April 14 Historical Society of Topsail Island luncheon meeting. Richard Baker, the son of Barbara Baker Hazle, Link Baker and stepfather Scott Hazle, is a senior at Topsail High School. He wrote a poem entitled “A Tale of Two Sisters.” The poem featured two sisters, Bertha and Fran, who wreaked havoc along the Carolina Coast. He researched the storms and presented information prior to reading
The 18th century was not an easy time to be an indentured servant. Meet two women who refused to accept their lot in life and forged their own destinies through cunning, lies and deception. Learn about the characters and cultures that populated Tryon Palace and the surrounding areas of New Bern throughout history. If you have toured Tryon Palace you may be familiar with topics like the Stanly family and 18th-century dining culture, but these lunches will take you deeper into the history of the palace and the people of historic New Bern. The March luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 11:30 AM. Mr. Matt Arthur, Living History Program Coordinator at