Submitted by Gray Edenfield, Curator
Amelia Island Museum of History
January 12, 2017
Friday, January 19th at 6 pm
The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to a very special presentation on Friday, January 19th, at 6 pm. This program will explore the fascinating life of Peter Hooper – an African American magician and Fernandina local who was billed as “the Black Houdini.” Throughout the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s, Hooper, who was also known as “the Second Houdini,” toured the Eastern U.S. alongside his wife and fellow performer “Princess Elizabeth.” Tall and elegant, Hooper delighted audiences with his sleights of hand and daring escapes from straight-jackets, coffins, and a myriad of other constraints. We will be joined by James and Brenda Hooper, relatives of the man himself, and by William Jefferson, author of The Magical Life of Magician Peter Hooper: “the Second Houdini.”This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or [email protected]. Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd St.
Wednesday, Feb 7th at noon
The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to our next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, February 7th at noon. We will examine an unusual Loggerhead Sea Turtle skull that was discovered as part of a science building renovation in the late 1970s at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. This “it came from the attic” event triggered an investigation by James Ekstrom. At that time he was part of the Science Department at the school. What was unique about this skull was the date of 1800 and other engravings connecting the skull to the early maritime history of the United States as well as the history of the Academy. The investigation involved combing through school records and examining part of a ship’s log that is located at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Peabody, Massachusetts. Join me in following a trail of evidence that points to the skulls origin and why it ended up where it is today.This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or [email protected]. Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd St.
Friday, February 16th at 6 pm
The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, February 3rd at noon. Special guest Dr. Edgar Johnson will discuss the fascinating history of African American Servicemen in the United States Army. The first official regiment of African American regulars was mustered into the U.S. Army in 1863, however black soldiers have fought with honor and distinction from the very beginning of American history up through the present day. Join us as we explore the history and contributions of African American soldiers in the United States Army. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or [email protected].