Bumblebee Buzz March/April 2020
Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future.
A Note From The President...

I hope you are well and are following the CDC recommendations for social distancing. This is a truly challenging time but we will succeed, if we all work together.
While we need to stay apart, do try to stay connected to family and friends. It’s really beneficial to see and hear each other. This can be low tech via phone and text or more high tech via computer face-to-face chats. The point is: please check-in just to see how folks are doing. You may make someone’s day and you will be uplifted, too.
 
Our HSTI Board members are busy with our Strategic Action Plan. Many volunteer hours have been spent in research, document preparation, and planning. As we work to fulfill our mission we have an obligation to the Assembly Building, our historic treasure, to strive for excellence.
We are working remotely and will do our planning at a distance for a while so that we will be ready for a wonderful season.
Please take care of yourself and others.                                                            

Edna C. Smith  
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!
APRIL IS INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH!
VOLUNTEER!
We need your help and want your participation a s we prepare to open our doors again with new projects, exhibits, and events.
Become a p art of this active & meaningful organization!
Click on NEW Repaired button below to Volunteer!
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jimmie Autry, who was a great supporter of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. Jimmie passed away o n Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 79. Jimmie was a dedicated volunteer for Autumn With Topsail and the Bingo program for many years. Jimmie was awarded the HSTI Distinguished Award in 2019. In addition to being an active and giving member of our community, Jimmy founded the Onslow County Literacy Council. Jimmie will be greatly missed by his many friends on Topsail Island and in Jacksonville
Postponed 2020 Date TBD!

The Missiles and More Museum
Celebrates 25 years!
April 4, 2020
Fun for all ages!
Kids Activities~Historic Demonstrations
Food Trucks~Raffles
More Information to Follow!
Want to be a part of this historic event?

Pinewood Derby at the Historic Assembly Building
This was a big event for the Scouts of all ages. A great time was had by all.

Events
Thank you for your continuing support of the many activities hosted by HSTI at the Historic Assembly Building and the Missiles and More Museum. For the well-being of our community, all HSTI sponsored public events scheduled for the month of April have been cancelled or postponed. This action is in line with the Governor’s recommendations concerning COVID-19.

April: Museum Docent Trainings: Postponed (new dates TBD)

April 3- Sponsor & Donor Reception: Postponed (new date TBD)

April 4- Museum 25 th Anniversary Celebration: Postponed (new date TBD)

April 6- Museum Opening: Postponed (new date TBD)

April 9- Luncheon and Lecture: Cancelled

We will continue to evaluate this situation during our April “online” Board meeting and keep you informed. The decision to postpone our HSTI public activities was not easy, but we share your concern about our communities’ safety and well being.

 Luncheon and Lecture: May's program will be our Scholarship Presentation Program. We will keep you informed as to the status of this event. Stay tuned!

Event Canceled Pender Education Partnership Adult Spelling Bee. Make plans to team up next year!! Join us next year for a new adventure. Always fun and supports education in Pender County!


Mission Statement
 
The Historical Society of Topsail Island is dedicated to the collection, preservation and promotion of the history of the Greater Topsail Island Area.