2015 Amelia Island Museum's Community Appreciation DayFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Museum of History is proud to celebrate the launch of AIMH Education Director Gray Edenfield’s first book, Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry (Fonthill Media), Saturday, August 8th from 10 am to 2 pm. Books will go on sale for the first time during the Museum’s annual Community Appreciation Day, and the author will be available to sign copies.

Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry is a well-researched and well-illustrated historical work, which tells the story of how a small barrier island community in Northeast Florida left its mark on a worldwide industry. At the beginning of the twentieth century, an assortment of upstart dreamers and pioneers living on Amelia Island made a series of innovations that would revolutionize commercial shrimping. Master fishermen, net makers, and boat builders from different parts of the world gravitated to the area, and this infusion of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures created a truly unique community. Shrimping and its symbiotic industries brought economic stability to an area in desperate need of direction, and the colorful characters that came along with the tide have become part of the island’s identity: past, present, and future. History is alive, and so are the people who make it.

Community Appreciation Day (August 8, 2015) is an annual event in which the Amelia Island Museum of History gives back to Nassau County by offering free admission, along with an awesome array of family friendly activities, including face painting, games, hands on learning activities, and even a bounce house! Not to mention live music, raffles, and giveaways generously donated by local businesses. The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida, and is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Guided docent tours at 11 am and 2 pm daily.

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