New at the Museum

January 16, 2015
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The Amelia Island Museum of History has made some exciting announcements lately. From a new Shrimping Museum to new exhibits announced for 2015, you will be able to get new, fascinating looks at the rich history of Amelia Island this year.  At the end of November, the first-ever Amelia Island Shrimping Museum (pictured) opened on the harbor front in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Allowing visitors to learn about the “birthplace of the modern shrimping industry,” the new museum features local shrimpers, boat builders, and innovators who made shrimping the main industry of Amelia Island in the 20th century. The Shrimping Museum is free and open to the public at 17 South Front Street.
“With the opening of the Shrimping Museum, 2014 was a big year for the Amelia Island Museum of History, however, we expect 2015 to even better,” said Phyllis Davis, the Museum's Executive Director. “We also have our first ever student designed exhibit opening this month.  It will highlight the life of a local activist and teacher, Willie Mae Ashley, who passed away this fall.”  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.  Her story will be displayed along with Portraits of American Beach, a photo exhibit by Stephan Leimburg, Marsha Dean Phelts, and Dickie Anderson. In addition, two new exhibits are slated for this year:
  • “Florida in World War II” is planned for August to October 2015. In partnership with RockTenn, the display will feature an overview of World War II and its effect on Florida.
  • In December 2015, the museum will open “The Way We Worked,” a presentation from the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service and sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council. The exhibit will examine how changes in American culture have affected the work environment.
Located on 233 South 3rd street (and housed in what was the Nassau County Jail,) The Amelia Island Museum of History is Florida's first spoken history museum.  There is a dedicated interactive exhibit for children, the "Margery" Discovery ship and a rich collection of objects from throughout the story of 'The Isle of Eight Flags.'  Make sure to make the Amelia Island Museum of History a stop on your next trip.

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.