Story to tell?

WILMINGTON — Meaghan Nappo, a Public History graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington is currently involved in a 1976 Bicentennial acquisition project. Objects are being collecting for an exhibit to be installed at the University next year about material culture in 1976. Along with collecting objects researchers would like to include interviews with individuals about their memories of the 1970s.

Nappo feels that including the gay liberation movement is integral to adding to the historiography of the 1970s. She is interested in interviewing someone who can discuss one’s experience during that time.This is, perhaps, the first oral history project on the bicentennial in the country and therefore could add significantly to existing collections.

To volunteer or for more information, call Nappo in care of Director of Public History William Moore at 910-962-3692 or email

Party time

WILMINGTON — Join St. Jude’s MCC at their 7th Annual Masquerade Ball on Oct. 30, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Hannah Block/USO Community Center, 120 S. 2nd St.Cost for tickets is $25 and may be purchased at St. Jude’s or at the door.

This festive Mardi Gras themed event comes complete with the crowning of a king and queen.There will be a $100 prize for the best Mardi Gras costume, a 50/50 raffle, raffle for prizes, food, beer and wine. Enjoy the evening while dancing to a DJ until midnight.

For more information, call 910-762-5833.

Speaking out

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s Star-News published in its Teen Insight column a story focused on making schools safer for LGBT students. Visit to read the full story entitled “Allies cultivate environments that feel safe for all students.”

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.