Enjoy beer and wine on the Old Baldy grounds while having an intimate Curator tour of The Smith Island Museum of History. History Happy Hour will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5:30- 7 pm. Each month will explore a different topic of Bald Head Island History. Included in your reservation is admission into the Museum along with beer and wine. Spots are limited!
Thursday, October 25th -Exploring the Generator Society
**OCTOBER'S HISTORIC HAPPY HOUR HAS BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY OCTOBER 25th TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH THE HOWL AT THE MOON CELEBRATION ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24th. NOVEMBER WILL RETURN TO OUR REGULAR WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE.**
In 2005, the Old Baldy Foundation reached out to members of the Generator Society to preserve their memories for perpetuity. Consequentially, the Old Baldy Foundation’s archive includes a collection of written and oral histories from the nineteen families who pioneered life on Bald Head Island.
The jewel of this collection is an original manuscript narrating the history of the Generator Society written by Bill Berne. Unfortunately, this manuscript was never published. Berne’s jocular narrative describes life on Bald Head Island in the 1970s as “Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson, and Tom Sawyer all rolled into one.” Tragedies like Bald Head’s first fire are recounted alongside jovial moments like the Cunningham’s washing machine falling into the river. From roof parties to Earl Congdon sleeping through a water spout, the manuscript is a treasure-trove of memories meant for the island community to enjoy.
Join the Old Baldy Foundation on Thursday, October 25th, from 5:30 – 7 pm for a historic happy hour exploring the Generator Society collection. Foundation staff will broadcast several oral histories and there will be select readings of Berne’s manuscript. Ephemera such as an original Generator Society patch, society membership certificate, and photographs will be on display.