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Cape Fear Museum of History and Science


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814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401-4752

Tel: 910/798-4350
Fax: 910/798-4382
http://www.capefearmuseum.com

The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien

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The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien

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Events

Veteran's Holiday Card Project

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans. In the past 7 years, the community has come together to send over 11,000 cards to veterans staying in over twenty-eight VA hospitals in 9 states. To continue the tradition, the Ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past. It’s easy. You create holiday cards wishing our veterans a Happy Holiday and a Thank You for serving our country. Decorate the front of the card. On the inside or back side please include your first name only and what school, church, or group you are affiliated with. Participants are encouraged to use traditional holiday images (trees, wreaths, angels, etc.) to decorate their cards. Wishing You a Very Happy Holiday! Thank You for Serving Our Country! Your friend, Caitlin ABC Elementary School Wilmington, NC Bring or mail the completed cards to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (#1 Battleship Road, Wilmington) or Sunrise Broadcasting (25 N. Kerr Avenue, Wilmington) by December 14, 2012. We are unable to accept any cards after this date. We will ship the cards to the Veterans Affairs Hospitals located in North Carolina and several neighboring states. Please feel free to spread the word about this great project! For information, contact Shelly Robinson 910-251-5797 extension 3001 or leads@battleshipnc.com. PO Box 480 Wilmington, NC 28402 or 1 Battleship Road Wilmington, NC 28401

Event Location: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, 1 Battleship Rd. NE, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 – Tue, Dec 17, 2013

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Led by Myrtle Grove Librarian Patricia Dew, a Staff Sergeant in the 208 Army Reserve

Event Location: Myrtle Grove Branch Library, 5155 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28412

Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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Kick-off Event: Mail Call Exhibit Opening

Join Cape Fear Museum for the opening reception for "Mail Call" a traveling exhibit that explores the history of America’s military postal system. Visitors can discover how military mail communication has changed throughout history, learn about the armed forces postal system from the American Revolution to the present day and experience military mail through exciting artifacts and letters. The exhibit offers an appreciation of the importance of military mail and the hard work that has gone into connecting service men and women to their government, community and loved ones at home. "Mail Call" is a National Postal Museum exhibition organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Event Location: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-4752

Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

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Mail Call Exhibit

Throughout our nation’s history, military personnel have treasured the letters and care packages received from loved ones back home. Just how has this mail reached its destination through the years? What role has it played in the lives of the men and women who serve and their families? Mail Call, a new exhibition organized with the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

Event Location: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401-4752

Date: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 – Sun, Jan 19, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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"Remembrances of Wars Past" Book Reading with Author Henry Tonn

Henry Tonn will share selections from his first book, "Remembrances of Wars Past," a War Veterans Anthology. As compiler and editor, Tonn has included pieces of fiction and nonfiction spanning the 150 years from the American Civil War to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. His object is to reveal the many faces of war: the grim, the tragic, the lighthearted, and the humorous. Copies will be available for purchase at the program. Henry Tonn is a semi-retired psychologist who has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in literary journals. He resides in Wilmington, N.C. with his dog, Fred. His website is www.henrytonn.com. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in cooperation with the Big Read Greater Wilmington.

Event Location: NHC Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405

Date: Tue, Nov 12, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Panel Discussion: Traveling through Open and Closed Doors: Americans’ Perspectives on Living Abroad

UNC Wilmimgton (UNCW) faculty and staff members share their experiences living as researchers, students, writers, teachers, and military personnel in countries that have had tense relations with the United States.This panel provides an opportunity for the UNCW campus community to discuss the speakers’ insights into what being “American” can mean in a diverse range of places, including Vietnam, Belarus, and Egypt. Panelists: Cara Cilano, Bill Kawczynski, Lisa Pollard, Dana Sachs

Event Location: UNCW Randall Library, Sherman Hayes Gallery, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Lecture with Kevin Maurer

Award-winning reporter and best-selling author Kevin Maurer will speak to the Friends of New Hanover County Public Library at their Annual Meeting, which will include election of officers and board members for 2014. Kevin Maurer reported on the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan's first parliamentary election. He has been embedded with U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month with special operations units in Africa in 2006, reported from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and covered Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune for the Associated Press. He has been a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News since 2011. Maurer co-wrote No Easy Day, the best-selling account of the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. He has written three other books about Afghanistan, and co-written a memoir of a Korean War veteran. He is currently working with Mitch Weiss on a book about how the Green Berets trained the Bolivians to hunt down Che Guevara in the 1960s. Book sales will be available at the program, and refreshments will be served.

Event Location: NHC Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405

Date: Thu, Nov 14, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Film Screening: Broken Brotherhood

Lou Buttino, department chair of film studies, UNC Wilmington, directed Broken Brotherhood: Vietnam and the Boys from Colgate, a feature documentary that drew on his undergraduate experiences at Colgate University and assessed how the Vietnam War affected friendships at the small men’s school. Post-film moderation by Lou Buttino.

Event Location: UNCW Lumina Theater, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Thu, Nov 14, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Adult Night Out: Artifacts of War

What kinds of objects are important to those serving our country? Get a close-up look at possessions that are meaningful to men and women who have served in recent wars. Discover how and why the Museum collects and interprets soldiers’ items. Speak with veterans about what they carried to war. $5 for members; $7 for non-members

Event Location: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Virtual Services Librarian Rachel Langlois is married to a Marine pilot and previously was an embedded librarian at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

Event Location: Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405

Date: Tue, Nov 19, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Event Location: Cape Fear Literacy Council, 1012 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Tue, Nov 19, 2013
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Moderator: UNCW Department of Creative Writing Professor Rebecca Lee

Event Location: UNCW Randall Library, Special Collections, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Date: Wed, Nov 20, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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World War II USO Dance and USO Show

Duke Ladd Band will provide music and the Thalian Association will produce the show. Free wine/beer/soft drinks and snacks available. Free admission, but $10 donation requested. Sponsors: World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition, The Thalian Association, Inc., and Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

Event Location: Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Fri, Nov 22, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Battleship Alive + Mail Call Reenactment

Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. At 2:00 PM, the USS North Carolina Living History Crew will conduct a mail call during the Battleship Alive program. The sailor interpreters, depicting the crew on the battleship in the Pacific Ocean wait in anticipation to receive letters and packages from home, hopefully in time for Christmas. Once the mail is delivered, they will open the packages and read the mail from their loved ones. Admission charged.

Event Location: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, 1 Battleship Rd. NE, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Sat, Dec 7, 2013
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

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Learning Center: V-mail to Vlogs

Write your own “Victory Mail” to discover ways military families have kept in touch. Send a “snail-mail” letter with a stamp, examine some historic telephones, and visit the Museum’s 1960s telephone booth! Explore modern communication links and imagine how we will stay in touch in the future. Parental participation required. Free for members or with Museum admission.

Event Location: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Sat, Dec 7, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Dec 14, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Dec 21, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Dec 28, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Led by Myrtle Grove Library Manager Patricia Dew. Dew is a Sergeant in the 208th Army Reserve Band.

Event Location: Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405

Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Led by Virtual Services Librarian Rachel Langlois. Rachel is married to a Marine helicopter pilot, and was formerly a reference librarian at the University of the Marine Corps.

Event Location: Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412

Date: Mon, Jan 13, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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WHQR and StarNews Present "Prologue"

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR for light refreshments and a discussion of Tim O'Brien's book "The Things They Carried."

Event Location: WHQR, 254 N. Front St. Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401

Date: Mon, Jan 13, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Welcome Reception for Author Tim O'Brien

Welcome reception with 60s rock music.

Event Location: Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405

Date: Tue, Jan 14, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Keynote Lecture with Author Tim O’Brien, "The Things They Carried"

The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out. O’Brien makes a special appearance in Wilmington, NC to discuss The Things They Carried and bout the process of transforming actual experience and events into fiction. He will read excerpts from the book and share personal anecdotes. Book signing to follow. Free!

Event Location: UNCW Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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"The Things They Carried" Book Discussion

Moderator: UNCW Department of Creative Writing Professor Philip Gerard.

Event Location: UNCW Randall Library, Special Collections, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Film Screening: Vietnam Nurses

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany reveals the emotional story of the women whose lives were changed by the casualties of war. What they saw, what they did, and what it cost them is a true tale of American heroism. For the first time, Vietnam nurses describe the horrors they witnessed, the care they provided, and the emotional scars they earned. These are the unheard voices of the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends who lost their innocence to war but never lost their heart. Panelists: Roger Lowery, Susan Marshall, and April Matthias.

Event Location: UNCW Randall Library, Auditorium, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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9th Annual Battle of Forks Road

Cameron Art Museum will incorporate period letters and journal-writing by reenactors participating in the 9th Annual Battle of Forks Road, with reenactments commemorating the Civil War battle fought on CAM’s site February 20-22, 1865. Free!

Event Location: Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412

Date: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 – Sun, Feb 9, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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