World War II Experience to be highlighted Oct. 15th at Ft. Fisher

World War II Experience to be highlighted Oct. 15th at Ft. Fisher

By / Local Events / Tuesday, 11 October 2016 04:00

KURE BEACH—Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the program ‘Fort Fisher’s World War II Experience’ on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 4 pm. Join the staff of Fort Fisher as we reflect on and commemorate the important, but lesser-known history of the fort as an antiaircraft training base during World War II, where a large number of American servicemen and women lived and trained during the 1940s. At the program, military and civilian re-enactors will set up displays on the old Fort Fisher airstrip and portray what life was like for a World War II soldier at the base and on the home front.
The program will also include free presentations by three distinguished historians who will enlighten the public about Fort Fisher, Camp Davis, Wilmington, and southeastern NC’s role in World War II. Speakers include Wilbur Jones, Cliff Tyndall, and Krystal Lee. The historians will speak at 10 am, 12 noon, and 2 pm, respectively. The program is free, open to the public, and intended for all ages. Program components are subject to change. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by support from the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Forrest Goodman, Jr., and Wilson Grab, as well as New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach. During the Civil War, Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive naval bombardments the fort fell to a Union assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.   Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

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