ECAHF will have a booth set up with an ejection seat for a photo opportunity, pilot flight suit, giveaways, and information about the foundation. We hope to see you there!
Join us as award-winning columnist, historian,
and thespian Bill Hand brings the lives and works
of the Wright Brothers to life.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds from the event
benefit Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation in our efforts to inspire
young learners to pursue new and exciting career pathways through STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
HAVELOCK, NC, February 2, 2018 — It’s an epic story of Native Americans, early European settlers, Civil War battles, Space Shuttles, and so much more. The history of Craven and Carteret counties spans hundreds of years and is host to amazing stories that most have never heard.
Craven County native and Historian Eddie Ellis will enchant and educate attendees to “Rediscover Your Future” as guest speaker at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation annual fundraising gala on Friday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. Held at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, the celebration will offer fresh insights, incredible tales, a bit of archeology, and even a few recent discoveries about our area that may surprise even long-time residents.
You’ll be impressed with the facts you learn about Havelock, New Bern, and other cities nearby. For instance, were you aware the spot where Miller’s Landing Club now sits is where, in 1862, 60 Union ships landed for the Battle of New Bern? The area now occupied by MCAS Cherry Point used to be home to thousands of Neusiok Indians. Many of their trading paths became routes for our state’s major highways. The base also served as an alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle in the 1980s. The runways at the air station were widened from 200 to 400 feet to make them accessible as an emergency option.
Tickets for the gala are on sale now and available for $55 each or two for $100. Tickets include a plated meal and cash bar. Sponsorship packages are also offered. Purchase your tickets at https://ecaviationheritage.com/. Attendees will also have a chance to buy tickets for a walking tour of the area led by Ellis on Saturday, February 24.
About Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation
The Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation (ECAHF) celebrates the evolution of aviation in Coastal Carolina and the essence of the American spirit that has grown from the symbiotic partnership of the military and civilian communities that have shaped it. Interactive experiences and immersive environments seek to preserve and honor the history and heritage of eastern NC aviation, as well as educate future generations
Proceeds from the event will benefit ECAHF in our efforts to inspire young learners to pursue new and exciting career pathways through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. These efforts help prepare and motivate our community, state and nation to compete in a high tech future.
For more information, call (252) 444-4348 or visit www.ecaviationheritage.com.
If you like trains, if you’re interested in the Civil War, if you’re curious about what life was like in Craven and Carteret County a hundred years before Cherry Point was built, then don’t miss the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation Gala. We are pleased to have our very own historian and author Eddie Ellis back with us again. He’s promised to bring fresh insights, new stories and recent discoveries about coastal Carolina sure to entertain and enlighten all who attend. More amazing tales of our local history with a little archeology thrown in this time. Don’t miss it!
Eddie Ellis will help the audience “Rediscover Your Future” by exploring the rich history of our region and how it has shaped the future. Proceeds from the event will benefit Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation in our efforts to inspire young learners to pursue new and exciting career pathways through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
Join us for Annual ECAHF as we travel back in time like never before with the extraordinary talents of Author & Historian Eddie Ellis!
Proceeds from the event benefit Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation
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Tickets: $55 each (2 for $100)
Call us for tickets: 252-444-4348
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To Visit Our Aviation Exhibits
Havelock Tourist & Event Center
201 Tourist Center Drive
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays
Groups are invited to schedule their visits and additional times may be available.
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The Next Generation of Aviators
Members Provide the Resources for the ECAHF to preserve and add interactive, STEM- related exhibits as well as to provide programming to educate students both in their schools and in our exhibit center. Please consider being a member each year.
To make a donation please mail to:
Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation
PO Box 368
Havelock, NC 28532
For questions or to make a donation with a credit card please call 252-444-4348.