Historian Eddie Ellis to surprise Gala guests with new discoveries

ECAHF GalaHAVELOCK, 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.