Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

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Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Today, B|ker (Bill) and I did our good deed with the local community of Morrisville, NC. They were holding a "Morrisville Reunion" today along with a book signing / historical slideshow by Ernest Dollar at the Methodist church hall. Ernest is a real Civil War buff and historian. His new book "Images of America - Morrisville" is all about the history of the town and the Civil War battle that took place here on April 13th, 1865.
http://www.mindspring.com/~nixnox/history2.html

Since a lot of my finds are from the 1830's Page House in the middle of this battle area, I offered to show them at the event. Bill and I both brought some of our metal detecting finds, and the folks there loved it, including Ernest himself. Folks couldn't believe there were relics like that still to be found. ;D
We also brought our flyers and business cards hoping to drum up a few more property leads. We may have four or five that are interested.
There was food , drinks, tons of desserts and a Bluegrass band also, so it was a lot of fun for all.
Some things that I walked away with today besides a few possible leads were:

1) No one knew a "Frank Perkins" who's WWII dog tag I found in Morrisville. I was hoping someone would recognize the name, but no such luck. :'(

2) Ernest was able to give me even older history on the Page property I MD at that goes back into the 1700's. It was owned by the Jone's family as early as 1744. That may be the very family that lost the late 1700's eight reale Spanish silver coin I found there?
http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php/topic,119465.msg880942.html#msg880942

3) We were approached by the Town Hall director who asked if we would be willing to display the relics once the museum is completed. Of course I said "yes". :thumbsup:

4) The town is restoring an old church so I asked if we could detect there. He said there is an archaeological team involved to document the finds on the property. I offered our help with the search if we could.

5) We were given permission to MD another area close by, but I'm keeping that spot a secret for now. :wink:

The one picture is of me (the chunky guy) with the author Ernest Dollar, and Mary Jo Page who owns the historical Page House.
The handsome fella in the red T-shirt is Bill. ;D
A wonderful day with a great group of folks. :thumbsup:
Thanks for looking,
MM
 

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More pix.
 

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Re: Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Wow...sounds like a great day MM!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
 

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Re: Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Outstanding Doug!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I wish I could have been there with you. I bet some of those people are out buying metal detectors right now. :D
 

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Evolution said:
Outstanding Doug!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I wish I could have been there with you. I bet some of those people are out buying metal detectors right now. :D

Thanks Ev.
One older lady was telling her husband , "we should get one of those honey." I said "why don't you take my card instead, and I'll come do it for you." ;D :thumbsup:
-Doug-
 

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totally cool MM.... wtg :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Re: Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Fantastic, Doug. I didn't know you were such a celebrity in your home town. I think you will get the golden key to your city in no time. :icon_jokercolor: Isn't it fascinating how our hobby can touch the hearts and imaginations for all of the non-detectorists once you place some of your digs in a glass case? Very nice collections you have there.

I hope some of those leads really pan out for you. You deserve to find a goldmine!!

HH,
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Re: Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Doug, you and Bill did an outstanding job on the displays. Your passion for this hobby was shown in your presentation.

CSZ, Kirk, and I were also approached by a local archaeologist about giving a presentation to the archaeology club. I guess she liked what we were finding when we sent her some emails on our recoveries. I wouldn't mind doing a presentation once my collection increases to a respectable degree.

Kyle
 

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Doug, your post, your displays, attitude, public acceptance is all great, you done good! :thumbsup:

You really put together a super display for the folks and your post on it is outstanding, I wish you luck in the future sites, and I know the feeling when you have possible names to go with the artifacts, that is one aspect of our hobby that only a few of us enjoy.

Don
 

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Re: Promoted our hobby today & walked away with more than I brought.

Very nice job MM..I love the way you have them displayed,I bet everyone there did aswell.. I hope you find a ton of stuff this year.Relicdude :icon_sunny:
 

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outstanding, just great and you get 4, no make that 5 attaboys and 90 hearty slaps on the back for doing such a good job. Seriously, what we as detectorists really do is..........................find history. You've found it and shown it to a lot of other people, congratulations.
 

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Captn_SE said:
Fantastic, Doug. I didn't know you were such a celebrity in your home town. I think you will get the golden key to your city in no time. :icon_jokercolor: Isn't it fascinating how our hobby can touch the hearts and imaginations for all of the non-detectorists once you place some of your digs in a glass case? Very nice collections you have there.

I hope some of those leads really pan out for you. You deserve to find a goldmine!!

HH,
CAPTN SE
Dan

did you see his display's he already has a gold mime
save some of the finds ofr the rest of us gosh! you finds hog
heheh lol
 

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Jeez doug i thought i was going to be able to add a dozen photos but it seems you got great pics`s of your table and the crowd.

I had a great time and would do it again anytime.

I`ll never forget when we first walked into the building and your eyes lit up at all the free cake ;D

I`ve at least got 2 pics to add, the date on the church we were at at the old church across the street we`ll soon be swinging at.( HOPEFULLY)
 

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Captn_SE said:
Fantastic, Doug. I didn't know you were such a celebrity in your home town. I think you will get the golden key to your city in no time. :icon_jokercolor: Isn't it fascinating how our hobby can touch the hearts and imaginations for all of the non-detectorists once you place some of your digs in a glass case? Very nice collections you have there.
I hope some of those leads really pan out for you. You deserve to find a goldmine!!
HH,
CAPTN SE
Dan

Thanks Big Dan.
I'm NOT a celebrity in my town, that's why I had to go to the next town over. ;D :wink:
One of these days I'll have a free Saturday to do some detecting again. :thumbsup: Today was a real treat for me though.
-Doug-

Colonial Zoyboy said:
Doug, you and Bill did an outstanding job on the displays. Your passion for this hobby was shown in your presentation.

CSZ, Kirk, and I were also approached by a local archaeologist about giving a presentation to the archaeology club. I guess she liked what we were finding when we sent her some emails on our recoveries. I wouldn't mind doing a presentation once my collection increases to a respectable degree.
Kyle

Thanks Kyle.
It was a real pleasure for me today to see others enjoying what we as MDer's dig up. Some folks are pretty old fashioned and don't want you on their property, so I'm hoping that seeing the relics will open their eyes up.
If you guys get a chance to do a presentation, go for it! From what I've seen of your digs since I've been on TN, you have more than enough to show.
I wish I had the oldiest you three have found. :thumbsup:
-Doug-

Don in SJ said:
Doug, your post, your displays, attitude, public acceptance is all great, you done good! :thumbsup:
You really put together a super display for the folks and your post on it is outstanding, I wish you luck in the future sites, and I know the feeling when you have possible names to go with the artifacts, that is one aspect of our hobby that only a few of us enjoy.
Don

Thank you Don. I really enjoyed showing the relics today and hopefully giving us MDer's a good name.
You are so right about putting the name with the artifact. I struck out on the Frank Perkins dog tag, but am super happy to find out the possible owner/family of the Spanish silver piece. It was neat to see the map showing the owners back into that time period. Every time I look at that find I think of you. I thank you so much for helping me ID that. Being a 1700's counterfeit really adds to the history of it even more. :thumbsup:
This conterfeit 8 reale, and the CW Eagle sword belt plate are my favorite finds so far.
Now if I could just find some 1800's coins. :wink:
-Doug-
 

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B|lker said:
Jeez doug i thought i was going to be able to add a dozen photos but it seems you got great pics`s of your table and the crowd.
I had a great time and would do it again anytime.
I`ll never forget when we first walked into the building and your eyes lit up at all the free cake ;D
I`ve at least got 2 pics to add, the date on the church we were at at the old church across the street we`ll soon be swinging at.( HOPEFULLY)

O.K., I admit it. I have a sweet tooth. As you can see, that's how I keep my girlish figure. :wink: Were there some desserts there or what?!!!
Folks, there must have been four huge 8' tables full of FREE desserts there. I did donate $ to the church too though to cover what I ate. :wink:

Thanks for adding those great pictures. That old church is so cool. :thumbsup:
I had a great time too. Thanks for your help today.
-Doug-
P.S. I still think that lady was hitting on you. Did see leave her # with you with those tickets she gave you? You DOG!
 

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Nice going, guys. Looks like you had a great time.
 

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rwsnc said:
Nice going, guys. Looks like you had a great time.

Bob,
You should have come with us. Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicholas were there too. :o :wink:
They were doing a presentation on the history of golf tees through the ages, and dimes used as ball markers on the greens. It was breath taking. ;D :wink:
-Doug-
 

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Doug,

I have to agree with everyone else, you and Bill did a outstanding job...the displays, presentation, the whole nine yards. :thumbsup: Hope you guys got a signed copy of Ernest Dollar's book. ;D

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River Rat said:
Doug,

I have to agree with everyone else, you and Bill did a outstanding job...the displays, presentation, the whole nine yards. :thumbsup: Hope you guys got a signed copy of Ernest Dollar's book. ;D
:wink: RR

Oh yeah, I got mine signed by Ernest AND Mary Jo Page that owns the historical Page House where I MD.
I think Bill got his signed by the lady that was serving food? ;D :wink:
-Doug-
 

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