Brown Bag Luncheon

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, June 6th, at noon.  Special guest Chip Kirkpatrick will deliver a presentation entitled Metal Detecting: Finding Buried Treasure on Amelia Island.  Kirkpatrick will recount the fascinating history of the first metal detector, which was made by Alexander Graham Bell in an attempt to save the life of President James Garfield.  He will then discuss metal detecting and tell us about some of his most interesting finds, including a silver medallion found by Kirkpatrick last January, which is believed to be of Scottish origin and may have a compelling connection to local history.   Join us as we learn about metal detecting and the artifacts that provide a link between past and present.  Chip Kirkpatrick and his wife Grace are lifelong residents of NE Florida.  Retired after 32 years with Bellsouth/AT&T, Kirkpatrick was an avid fisherman until a friend got him interested in metal detecting.  He has sold his 3 boats and most of his fishing gear and now does “dirt fishing”. His wife says he still gets as dirty as before but occasionally smells better at the end of the day. An avowed history buff, he despairs that “so much of our history is rusting and rotting away, in the ground beneath our feet”. He is dedicated to recovering as much as possible, restoring it and finding places for it in schools, museums and libraries. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd St.

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