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Grand Opening of Willie Mae Ashley Exhibit and Portraits of American Beach

Feb 06, 2015 02:00AM
On February 15 at 2 p.m., The Amelia Island Museum will unveil its newest temporary exhibition, “A Tribute to the life of Willie Mae Ashley” (1922-2014), along with “Portraits of American Beach”, a photo exhibit by Stephan Leimberg, Marsha Dean Phelts, and Dickie Anderson.

Born and raised in Fernandina, Willie Mae Ashley (née Hardy) was a dedicated missionary, educator, and author, as well as the recipient of numerous awards for her extraordinary lifetime of achievements. This exhibition is notable, as it will be the first display at the museum to be wholly created by local students. Nassau County high school students will have the opportunity to research, write, and install the exhibit with the guidance of AIMH's staff and volunteers. Complementing the Willie May Ashley exhibit, AIMH is also proud to host “Portraits from American Beach”, a display profiling people with familial ties to American Beach, and documents the achievements made by members of that truly historic community. At 2 p.m., Stephan Leimberg and Marsha Phelts will discuss the portraits of American Beach project, and afterwards we will unveil both exhibits. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. The Museum will be open from 2 pm-4:30 pm on February 15th. For more information please contact Gray at 904-261-7378 ext 102 or at [email protected] more information about this and other programs at the Amelia Island Museum of History go to: www.ameliamuseum.org.