Photo caption: Linda McQueen accepts the 2018 Lois W. Bradshaw Volunteer of the Year Award from John Havel, vice chair of the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center.
Friends of the Outer Banks History Center holds annual meeting
MANTEO, N.C.––The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center of Manteo held its annual membership meeting on April 20, 2018. The Center is part of the State ArchivesofNorth Carolina and houses documents and photographs that pertain to the history of northeastern North Carolina. The Friends raise funds to support programs and activities of the Outer Banks History Center that are not covered by state funding. Dr. Lewis Forrest, chair of the board of directors of the Friends organization presided over the meeting.
The members present elected seven new members to the Friends’ board, namely Joan Collins, John Bliven, Eric Soderholm, Scott Dawson, James Charlet, Thomas White Jr., and Linda Gray Mayo. The officers for the board for the coming year will be Lewis Forrest, chair; John Havel, vice chair; John Bliven, secretary; and Bob Matchette, treasurer and membership coordinator. Dr. Forrest presented an appreciation plaque to Aida Doss-Havel, former chair and secretary of the Friends’ board, as she rotated off the board following six years of service.
John Havel, vice-chair of the Friends organization, presented the Lois W. Bradshaw Volunteer of the Year Award to Linda McQueen. Havel stated that McQueen has put in a lot of time working at the History Center and has spent more than a year processing a very large genealogical collection created by her late brother, John McGowan. Once completed, the John McGowan collection will be an exceptional resource for people with family in the Hyde County area and beyond. John Havel, who made the presentation, is a former recipient of the same award.
A year ago, the Friends organization launched an effort to expand the collection of Civilian Conservation Corps records at the Center by searching collections of Civilian Conservation Corps records across eastern North Carolina. Forrest presented two photo collections from Camp Cooley, located in Nash County. He also presented photos albums from Camp Virginia Dare in Manteo. The Hyde County CCC Reunion Group contributed these volumes through the Mattamuskeet Foundation.
The culmination of the evening was a program by Chris Nason of Beacon Architecture and Design of Kitty Hawk on a project named the “Flat Top Documentation Initiative.” The Friends will be collaborating with Nason on this project over the next two years to create and preserve historical records of the flat top cottages in the Southern Shores community, designed by Frank Stick during the 1950s.
According to Dr. Forrest, the Friends are raising money to support the flat top project. The cost to document each house is only $590 and all contributions are tax-deductible. Nason is volunteering his time and talents and the only costs are for a draftsperson and student interns to do the work. The Friends are also coordinating publicity to inform the public of the nature of the project and its value as a unique historic preservation effort.
You can join the Friends and make financial contributions online at http://archives.ncdcr.gov/Public/Outer-Banks-History-Center, by telephone at 252-473-2655, or in person at the Outer Banks History Center in Festival Park on historic Manteo. Dr. Forrest can be reached at 252-341-7882.
Keywords: Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, Flat Top Cottages, Civilian Conservation Corps
Posted: May 2, 2018
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