Upcoming Exhibit & Programs at the Amelia Museum of History

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Submitted by Gray Edenfield
Amelia Island Museum of History
March 21, 2018

 

Friday, March 30th at 6 pm – Vietnam: At Home & Abroad  Exhibit Opening

Members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade on an armored personnel carrier, 1968.

The Amelia Island Museum of History will unveil its newest Gaslight Gallery exhibition – Vietnam: At Home & Abroad – on Friday, March 30th, at 6 pm. The exhibit will be created and installed by local high school students to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive.  This display will explore the lasting domestic and international effects of the Vietnam War, as seen through the eyes of a new generation.  It will profile the experiences of civilians and soldiers, and delve into the cultural changes that came out of the period. The evening will begin with a panel discussion, featuring Vietnam Veterans from the different branches of the U.S. Military, who will share their experiences from in country – and out.  Afterwards, we will unveil the new exhibit and enjoy refreshments. 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.

April 2nd at 6 pm – F. Gary Powers Jr.

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to a special presentation on Monday, April 2nd, at 6 pm. Our special guest will be Francis Gary Powers, Jr., author of Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Personal Journal and Correspondence of CIA U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers. For the past twenty-five years, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., has lectured on, taught, and researched the Cold War; in particular the U-2 Incident of May 1, 1960, in which his father was shot down while flying a CIA U-2 spy plane over the former Soviet Union. Gary started data entering his father’s journal in 1996. Over the next twenty years he found his dad’s letters to and from family while incarcerated, family photos sent to him in prison, and other correspondence that provides the reader with a unique firsthand account of the U-2 Incident, shoot down, imprisonment, and events that led up to his father’s exchange for Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel in 1962. In 2017, Powers, Jr., published his first book, Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Personal Journal and Correspondence of CIA U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Seating is first-come/first-served. We will not be taking advance reservations.  For more information, contact Gray at 904-261-7378.

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April 4th at noon – Brown Bag Lunch with DJ Williams

 

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, April 4th, at noon, as special guest speaker DJ Williams presents Surviving on the South Pole for Science.  In her previous manifestation as an academic physicist, D.J. Williams lived and supported research at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station from October 2001 to October 2002.  Her experience there as an amateur anesthesiologist led to her current career as an emergency physician.  Williams’ will present an overview of what it was like living at the South Pole station for a year.  She will also cover why anyone would bother going and staying there in the first place. In addition, she will talk about some unique challenges the environment creates and how Polies adapt.  There will be many pictures of ice and people, each doing some rather unexpected things at times.  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.

April 20th at 6pm – 3rd on 3rd St – Scott Meyer

Congaree and Penn Farm & Mills

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation on Friday, April 20th, at 6 pm, with very special guest, Scott Meyer. Meyer is a farmer, who along with his wife Lindsay is the owner and founder of Congaree and Penn Farm and Mills in Jacksonville, Florida. Established in 2014, the Meyers started with four acres of rice paddies, which they have grown into a thriving farm of orchards, you pick vines and fields, and a home to thousands of honeybees and fancy chickens. Congaree and Penn boasts the largest (and youngest) Mayhaw orchard in the world – planting over 5,000 trees throughout the past few years. They are the only rice farm in Florida (and one of the few in the country) that mills its own rice fresh all year long. Join us, as a Scott Meyer discusses his operation, sustainable farming, and the importance of maintaining and continuing into the future these practices which provide a direct link to our history. 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.

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