Cape Fear Museum

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According to my sources from the Cape Fear Museum, interest and nostalgia about the 1950s is trending. The Smithsonian Institute is tapping into this with an exhibit called Patios, Pools and the Invention of the American BackyardThis traveling exhibit will be up at the Cape Fear Museum through August. Frankly, the appeal of this topic wasn't immediately obvious to me until Terry Prior, Collections Assistant from the Cape Fear Museum, shared all the interesting cultural aspects of post-World War II America. Listen above. 

Friday Feedback for January 13, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

This message came in this week for our emPowering Our Future campaign, whose last official day was New Year’s Eve. It comes from listener Reed, and it encapsulates a sentiment which I’ve heard from many people: “Congratulations on your success with the emPowering Our Future campaign! Enclosed is a small — and belated — gift to that campaign. I’ll go out on a limb and speculate that there will be an even greater need for public radio in the next four years. Now I have Classical HQR too for those times when I can’t take any more of current events. Best wishes for the continuing success of WHQR!”

By the way, that drive is now $13,000 over the goal of $1.5 million. Together with listener commitments to make future planned gifts such as memorials and bequests, the grand total is approaching an amazing $1.9 million. We are humbled by the response from this incredibly generous community.

Cape Fear Museum

Amy Thornton is the Education Coordinator at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in downtown Wilmington. The museum is an active location with a consistent flow of events and exhibits and a vigorous education program for all ages. One program that's new to the Museum is the Behind the Scenes Tour. The first one is on Saturday, February 4th at 2:00-3:30pm. It's called Our Favorite New Old Things.

John Timmerman

John Timmerman has collected shells since childhood. This weekend, Timmerman is directing the North Carolina Shell Show at the Cape Fear Museum, which features thousands of shells from around the world. Timmerman talks about shell collecting above, including the ethics regarding the collection of living shells. Below, Timmerman talks about his contribution to this exhibit. 

NC Shell Show

Filmmaking has been a big part of the Cape Fear region for years. The Cape Fear Museum in downtown Wilmington is giving a nod to the film industry with a special exhibit called Starring Cape Fear!, featuring over 100 items from a selection of movies and tv shows, spanning from the 1984 film Firestarter to the current tv series Sleepy Hollow.

E. G. Shempf

The exhibit For All the World to See is now on display at the Cape Fear Museum.  It examines the role media and visual imagery played in the struggle for civil rights from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Joining Cleve Callison on this edition of CoastLine to discuss this history – juxtaposed against today -- with the immediacy of cell phone video and social media are three guests:  

Museum Park Open on Market Street

Sep 26, 2015

The Cape Fear Museum has created new green space on Market Street. Funded by the 2006 bond referendum and additional community fundraising, the Museum was able to take its parking lot and turn it into an educational park.  Visitors can learn about plant species, watercraft, weather forecasting, and about the interactions of people, land, and water in our region.