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Southern Blacks and the American Revolution

Southern Blacks and the American RevolutionThe Amelia Museum of History’s next 3rd on 3rd Presentation is Friday, November 20, at 6:00 PM, and is titled, “Hope of Freedom: Southern Blacks and the American Revolution”, with Dr. Roger Smith.

During the American Revolution the British military offered freedom to enslaved blacks who fled to British camps to fight against the rebellion. But there was often a catch. This offer wasn’t available to those whose owners were loyal to the Crown. For those taken-in, many were cast aside when disease swept through a camp, or abandoned to an oncoming American army during retreats; some were resold into slavery. For a great many people these promises of liberty were a complete façade, designed only to ruin the highly profitable southern plantation economies of the newly-founded United States. But many did indeed regain control of their own destinies against all odds.

The role of British East Florida in this tragic era of American history needs to be understood. The heroics and heartbreaks of southern blacks demands to be heard.

This program is made possible by the Florida Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau program, and is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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November 4, 2015 Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch

 November 4, 2015 Museum's Brown Bag LunchThe Amelia Island Museum of History’s Brown Bag Lunch will be this Wednesday, November 4th, at noon, with Tom Raymond at the Museum.

This special guest will present the third in his three-part series on the history of Amelia Island and Nassau County, Colors, Counties, and Watercourses. The final installment, entitled Area Watercourses in the Undercurrents of Local History, will feature a series of vignettes on how the area’s waters and shorelines have affected the human story of NE Florida.

While you’re at the museum, don’t miss the chance to check out the current Gas Light Gallery Exhibition Images of the Greenway – a visual celebration of Fernandina’s lush Greenway, a protected area along Egans Creek that displays Amelia Island’s dazzling natural beauty. Images of the Greenway will be on display until December 11th. Prints from the collection are available for purchase.

This program is free for members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.

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2015 Amelia Island Museum’s Community Appreciation Day

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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Brown Bag Lunch on June 3, 2015

pine-tree-chemicalsWednesday, June 3, 2015, brings another fine Brown Bag Lunch to the Amelia Island Museum of History, at noon.

Special guest Charlie Morris will present: “Pine Tree chemicals: their amazing role in Florida’s history and economy.”

We touch, ride on, smell, eat or drink products from pine chemicals every day. Pine chemicals were used as caulk for ships in the very early days of sailing and today are used in a myriad of consumer applications.

The talk will follow the history of these products from the early days of settlements in the southeast to the vibrant industry of today.

Charlie Morris is a 3rd generation Floridian, born in Tampa, and a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his professional career working in a pine chemicals plant in north Jacksonville and then managed a Pine Chemicals business in Port St Joe, FL. He left the industry in the mid 1980’s to run a startup biotechnology in Baltimore, MD and then moved to Atlanta as a Vice President in Georgia Pacific Chemicals, managing their specialty chemicals business which included the pine chemicals operations in Crossett, AR. He quasi-retired to Fernandina Beach 10 years ago and now works as President and COO of the Pine Chemicals Association Inc., which represents the global pine chemicals industry including members from over 25 countries. His recent travels included trips to Europe, China and South America where he has made presentations on the multi-billion dollar pine chemicals industry, an industry which played a major role in the economies of early settlements of the southeastern USA.

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3rd on 3rd St with Dr. Keith Ashley

 3rd on 3rd St with Dr. Keith AshleyFriday, May 15th, at 6:00 pm, the Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next 3rd on 3rd Street Presentation, with Dr. Keith Ashley. He will be discussing the Excavations of Santa Cruz de Guadalquini Spanish and Mocama Missions.

Dr. Ashley is Coordinator of Archaeological Research and an adjunct in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Florida.

A mixture of various Native American groups, including Mocama speaking people – Colones, Yguajas and Asajo (Yamassee) – established the mission on the southern end of Black Hammock Island in 1684. Sometime between 1695 and 1697 the population of Santa Cruz joined the mission people at San Juan del Puerto on Fort George Island, Duval County, Florida. The people of Santa Cruz were under threat of attack from nearby enemy groups and vulnerable due to their close proximity to the mainland. UNF has been excavating the site since 2001.

This program is free for members, with a suggested donation of $5.00 for non-members. Seating is first-come/first-served.

For more information contact Gray at gray@ameliamuseum.org, or (904) 261-7378 ext 102.

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Murder at King’s Ferry

Murder at King's FerryEnjoy the presentation, Murder at Kings Ferry, by Clyde Waas Davis next Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at 7:30 PM.

“On November 19, 1831, President James A. Garfield was born.

Thirty-two years later, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Fifty years after the birth of Garfield, on November 19, 1881, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday are held in an Arizona jail on a charge of murder as a result of the shoot-out at the OK Corral.

A large meteorite struck the earth at Odessa, in the Ukraine.

Over 35 million board feet of lumber has already been shipped through the Port of Fernandina; and… at Kings Ferry, Nassau County, Florida, as a result of mistaken identity, Merrick Jackson murdered John Thomas by beating his brains out with a club.” (Quote provided by Clyde Davis)

Want to learn more of this intriguing story by Clyde Davis? Then plan to attend the upcoming meeting of the General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society.

Clyde is a local attorney whose ancestors operated saw mills on the St. Mary’s River in the 1800s.

Refreshments will be served.

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Brown Bag Lunch with Jose Miranda

Brown Bag Lunch with Jose MirandaThe Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Noon.

Special guest Jose Miranda will be discussing the Fernandina Post Office.

Built in 1912, this 18,000 Sq ft structure originally served as Fernandina’s Post Office, Customs House, and Court House.

Join Jose and other guests and delve into the historic report and feasibility study of one of downtown’s most iconic buildings.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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The Gullah Geechee Corridor

The Gullah Geechee Corridor

Join the Amelia Island Museum of History on their next 3rd on 3rd presentation. 3rd on 3rd are always the third Friday of the month, on 3rd Street (at the museum) and this month the discussion will be about the Gullah Geechee Corridor.

Friday, Feb 21, 2014, at 6:00 PM, they will welcome the the Gullah-Geechee National Heritage Corridor Commission, who will host a presentation on the Gullah Geechee Corridor.

Gullah Geechee people are direct descendants of Africans who were brought to the Americas and enslaved for generations.

The Gullah Geechee Corridor encompasses a cultural and linguistic area along the southeastern coast of the United States from Pender County, North Carolina to St. Johns County, Florida. Gullah culture, with its unique and proud traditions, goes back to the early 1700s, and endures to this day, displayed through cuisine, music and performing arts, language and oral traditions, crafts, and religion and spirituality.

This program is free for members with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org

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December 2013 Brown Bag Lunch at Museum

December 2013 Brown Bag Lunch at MuseumDecember’s Brown Bag Lunch at the Amelia Island Museum of History features a lecture by Jeff Peterson.

“Aquaculture: Myths and Reality” takes place Wednesday, December 4th at noon.

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic plants. It’s origins go back to 6000 AD, and aquaculture continues to this day as an alternative to harvesting of wild fish.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.

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Community Appreciation Day Shared by Theatre and Museum

Community Appreciation Day Shared by Theatre and MuseumSaturday, July 20, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, will be a event filled day at the Amelia Community Theatre AND the Amelia Island Museum of History.

From 11 to 2pm the museum is offering children’s activities, games and crafts. The Friends of the Library, D.A.R.E., Walgreens, and the Boy Scouts will have booths in the parking lot and re-enactors will be present, providing a glimpse into the past.

The Amelia Community Theatre will offer backstage tours, and in cooperation with the museum, will host the Florida Humanities Council’s Dreamers and Schemers program. First person presenters will bring Osceola, Francisco Menendez, and Mary McLeod Bethune to life, describing what Florida meant to some of the people who helped shape its destiny.

The museum will be offering those interested the unique opportunity to get six free months when purchasing a new membership.

And that same evening for ages 18 and up… “Actors Night Out.”

This is an opportunity to hear about auditions for next season’s shows, and to meet and socialize with directors and fellow actors and theatre volunteers. We’ll read scenes for fun from THE LOVE LIST, FRUITCAKES, & NOISES OFF.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, the bar will be open and then the informal program begins at 6:30 PM.

There is no charge to attend and no need to RSVP. This a great way for new people to get involved at ACT, either onstage or off.

For more information, call 261-6749 or email actheatre@att.net.

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Museum Opening Conflicts with Sounds on Centre

Museum Opening Conflicts with Sounds on CentreEveryone loves new exhibits at the Amelia Island Museum of History, especially when it involves shrimp and Pirates… but this week’s opening conflicts with AND SearchAmelia has offered to list events that are open to the community for FREE on our Community Calendar!

Email your events to Judie@SearchAmelia.com today!

Two weeks ago, two wonderful organizations: The Special Olympics and 8 Flags Playscapes, both of which cater to very special children in our community, held fabulous fundraising events… on the same day!

Anyway, this Friday, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, during the exact same time as Sounds on Centre, the Museum is celebrating the grand opening of their Mini Shrimp Fest Celebration.

You are invited to come listen to bluegrass, in case you are not interested in hearing Sounds’s Jim McKaba & The After Hours Band, featuring Ben Champion on the sax, playing blues, funk and jazz.

There will also be samples of shrimp gumbo for you to enjoy while browsing through booths set up by a few of our wonderful local artists.

The Fernandina Pirates Club is trying their best to attend both events!

Shrimp Festival: 50 Years and Counting, opens on April 5th, at 6 pm.

Since its inception in 1964, The Amelia Island Shrimp Festival has grown into a major regional attraction, which brings over one hundred thousand people to Fernandina Beach, and features over four hundred vendors selling art, crafts, and local food.

Shrimp Fest: 50 Years and Counting will celebrate the undeniable impact that the festival has had on our local history. The exhibit will explore the festival’s evolution and will include images and objects from throughout its half-century of existence.

For more information contact Gray at gray@ameliamuseum.org, or 904-261-7378 ext 102.

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Gregor MacGregor at the Amelia Island Museum

Gregor MacGregor at the Amelia Island MuseumThe Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its 3rd on 3rd Street presentation on Friday, March 15, at 6 pm. Guest speaker Richard MacMaster will present to us one of the most enigmatic characters in the history of Amelia Island, Gregor MacGregor – in his own words.

Mr. MacMaster has studied MacGregor’s manuscripts at the Register House (national archives) in Edinburgh, Scotland, and will use what he has discovered to illuminate this mysterious historical figure. Join us as we gather insight into the mind of this truly fascinating mercenary and adventurer, who was able to take control of Amelia Island for several months in 1817.

This program is free for members with a suggested donation of $5.00 for non members.

For more information contact Gray Edenfield at gray@ameliamuseum.org, or 261-7378 ext 102.

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2013 Amelia Island Museum of History Annual Golf Outing

2013 Amelia Island Museum of History Annual Golf OutingThe 2013 Amelia Island Museum of History Annual Golf Outing will be held Friday, February 8, 2013. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help keep our historical heritage through educational programs offered at the Museum.

There will be prizes for ALL participants and an awards presentation with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, silent auction, and more. The event will once again feature the Pre-Tournament Reception for all participants AND their guests on Thursday evening at SunTrust Private Wealth.

Sponsors are needed, too!

Hole sponsor is only $100.00 and your company’s name will be displayed prominently on a highly visible sign at one of the tee boxes. You will also be listed in the program.

Contest sponsors support on the the three special contests: Putting, Longest Drive or Closest to the Pin.

Donors offer a gift, usually golf related to be offered as a contest prize, auction item or raffle and door prizes.

Foursome Sponsorship is $1,000.00 and it gives you entry for four players, hole sponsorship, four guest tickets to the Awards Presentation and four 1-year Museum memberships.

Individual Participant pays $150.00 to play and all are invited to help support this festive golf tournament.

For more information, pick up a brochure at the Amelia Island Museum of History located at 233 South 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach.

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Children’s Discovery Ship Exhibit Opens at Museum

Children's Discovery Ship Exhibit Opens at MuseumA children’s exhibit, Dicovery Ship, is opening Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Amelia Island Museum of History.

This ship is part of a new interactive exhibit geared towards children. The ship will facilitate discovery-based learning, and will allow kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags, tie knots, along with several other fun and educational activities.

Explore the captain’s quarters, and look through the ship’s portholes to see what Fernandina’s harbor looked like at the turn of the century.

Come set sail with the Museum on their very first Voyage!

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Gray at 904-261-7378 ext 102.

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Women of the Port Exhibit Opens at Museum

Women of the Port Exhibit Opens at MuseumThere is a new exhibit opening at the Amelia Island Museum of History this week in Fernandina Beach.

Women of the Port is a collection of photographs, recognizing the contributions made by women in the maritime industry. Put together by the Jacksonville Port Authority, the exhibit celebrates the women striving to break barriers and achieve success while working at Jacksonville’s seaport.

The photos will display the wide array of jobs held by women and show how diversity helps to make the Port of Jacksonville a dynamic workplace.

The exhibit opening will be held on Friday, October 5th, at 6 pm.

To open the event, Meredith Fordham Hughes (JAXPORT Manager, Creative Design) will lead a panel that will discuss the tremendous influence that women have had on the operation of the Jacksonville port.

This program will be open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 for members, and $10 for non-members.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.

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