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Mrs. Inglis Fletcher to Ruth Coltrane Cannon, 07 October 1955

Notes:
In a letter to Ruth Coltrane Cannon, president of the North Carolina Society for the Preservation of Antiquities (now the Historic Preservation Society of North Carolina) misdated September 7th rather than October 7th, 1955, Inglis Fletcher both notes the success of the 250th anniversary celebration. In the tentative program for the North Carolina Society for the Preservation of Antiquities given on the second page, a report on St. Thomas Church is included.

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BANDON PLANTATION
EDENTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Sept 7 55

Dearest Ruth.

Please thank Charles so such for his letter of Oct I.

We have just returned from the 250 th Anniversary Cel- celebration [sic] of the founding of the town of Bath. It was very successful—every seat sold and many could not get near the amphitheater. We thought it one of the most successful and beautiful pageants of the many we have seen.

Presumably you are thinking about the annual October letter to the members of the Antiquities. I presume you will wish to include the tentetive [sic] program in the letter. I feel that it will he a very interesting program indeed, and have no doubt that it will enthuse people to attend the meeting.

The fact that it will include the report of the dedication and blessing of the Elizabethan Garden on Virginia Dare [sic] Birthday, will attract many people to the meeting, both from our membership and from the Garden Club members.

A letter from Elizabeth Ives that she will serve. She will be chairman of the evening meeting, with the award of the Cannon Cups, with Paul Green to make the presentations as usual.

The Governor and Mrs. Hodges, as honor [sic] guests at the luncheon meeting , and the Elizabethan Garden Committee to put on the program; that should be outstanding.

The restoration panel, for the morning business meeting, (Mr. KelIenberger, as moderator) will give added interest. Then after the presentation of the awards, Wilmington will take over the rest of the evening meeting.

Enclosed is the tentative program.

With love

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Sept 7 55

Antiquities — Tentative program for Dec. meeting.

10 AM Business meeting . Vice Pres. presiding.
Restoration Panel — Mr.John [sic] Kollenberger, Moderator)

Alston House, Moore County. Elizabeth[crossed oit: a] Stephenson Ives.
Gaston Office, New Bern. ?

Tryon Palace, New Bern — May Gordon Hellenberger.

Bath Church (Old St.Thomas [sic]) ?

Iredell House, Edenton. Mr.Grayson [sic] Harding, President.

Penelope Barker House, Edenton. Miss.Elizabeth [sic] Moore,
Historian.

Halifax Gaol, Halifax, Mrs. ? Gary.

Old SaIem Restoration, Winston—Salem, Elizabeth Dillard
Reynolds.
Or Dr. Rites.

(Mrs.Branch [sic] will know other restorations which the Antiquities have assisted.) Isn't there a church near Chapel Hill, which Mrs.Cotten [sic] reported on?

We could have two or three more.

Invocation
1. PM Luncheon. Garden Room, Sir Walter. Introduction of Gov.& [sic] Mrs.Hodges [sic], by Mrs.Glenn [sic] Long, Chmn. Elizabethan Garden. Report on Elizabethan Garden by Mrs.George [sic] Little, Pres.of [sic] The Garden Club of North Carolina. Report on the Blessing of the Garden and Dedication, on Aug.18 [sic] at Ft.Raleigh, [sic] by members of the Elizabethan Garden Committee — Mrs.Roy [sic] Homewood, Mrs.Corbett [sic] Howard, and Mrs.Sam [sic] Hutaff.

*Suggest — Rev.George [sic] Will read the Collect from the Book of Common Prayer *

8-30 Evening meeting. Elizabeth Stephenson Ives, Presiding.
Charles A.Cannon [sic] Cup,awards [sic] by Paul Green.
Program by Wilmington, North Carolina,

Benediction Dr.Sylvester [sic] Green ?

(This is a general outline. Make any changes you suggest)

* Collect from Rogation Day, which he read at the Blessing of The Garden.

Location: Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Call Number: Inglis Fletcher Papers, #21.13.e
Collection: Inglis Fletcher Papers


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