Renee Bell


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  • Who was Black Beard?

    Author Kevin Duffus, speaker at the Historical Society’s November luncheon, shared some long forgotten clues as to the potential identity of Black Beard. He disclosed new information about how ... READ MORE

  • Historical Society learns about ‘Dutchmen, daffodils and dairies’

    The author of a book on the region’s Dutch immigrants was the speaker at this month’s Historical Society of Topsail Island luncheon. READ MORE

  • Why are North Carolinians called ‘Tar Heels’?

    The director of the North Carolina Museum of Forestry answered that very question during his well-received presentation to the Topsail Island Historical Society at its March luncheon. READ MORE

  • Historical Society features local Topsail Island residents

    The Historical Society of Topsail Island featured a presentation from local residents who took us back in time to the mid 1940s as they reminisced about the early days in Topsail Island. In fact, another local author and publisher, BJ Cothran, published a book in 2009 Topsail Island (Then and Now), which includes a collection of photographs dating back to the 1930s. READ MORE

  • Historical society awards scholarships, installs new officers

    This month’s luncheon meeting of the Historical Society of Topsail Island focused on two very special seniors from Topsail High School who were the recipients of the scholarships. It is a difficult process to choose the seniors, and the winners are judged “blind” based on the initial criteria met and a project they must complete. The projects could be based on art, music or a written essay, all historical in nature. The initial criteria consists of a GPA average above 3.0, community service and letters of recommendation. Once that has been met, their project is evaluated by the Historical Society’s Education Committee. The recipients, both from Topsail High School, are Noelle Watson, who will be attending Wingate University, and Madeline Morris, who will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. READ MORE

  • Historical Society luncheon heralds new season

    Pender County Library Director Mike Taylor was the speaker at the September kickoff luncheon for the Historical Society of Topsail Island. READ MORE

  • Historical society learns about Cherokee history

    The October luncheon featured guest speaker Bill Anderson, professor emeritus of history at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, where he specializes in Cherokee history and culture. An author and editor of four books, he received the Gustavus Meyers Award for the study of human rights in the U.S. for his book “Cherokee Removal – Before and After,” which was published in 1991. He has worked with such television productions as Sesame Street, National Geographic, PBS, History Detectives and the Discovery Channel. READ MORE


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