‘Ten, hut!’ On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host Fort Fisher’s World War II Experience: ‘This is My War, Too,’ a family-friendly living history program highlighting the fort’s lesser-known history as a World War II anti-aircraft artillery training base and the women who served in a supporting role. Military and civilian re-enactors will set up displays on the old Fort Fisher airstrip and will be available to discuss historic weapons and the life of World War II soldiers, both men and women.
Inside the site’s Spencer Theater, guest speakers will discuss the unique contributions of women throughout the war. Outside activities include the Toy Soldier Workshop, at which kids paint toy soldiers and learn about military uniforms and equipment, a hands-on Nerf anti-aircraft simulator, and rides in an authentic 1943 Willys jeep (a donation is requested). Free and open to the public, the program runs from 10 am to 4 pm.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. The site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more info, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.