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Harry Bellangy is Cape May MAC's Volunteer of the Month

Harry Bellangy seated at his computer surrounded by historic artifacts and paperwork

Cape May MAC’s (Museums+Arts+Culture) Volunteer of the Month for April is Cape May Historical Society President and Historian Harry Bellangy, of Cape May, shown here at the society’s headquarters, the circa 1730 Colonial House Museum, 653 ½ Washington St.

The society and museum are longtime partners to Cape May MAC. Bellangy, a lifelong Cape May resident, was nominated by Cape May MAC Chief Outreach Strategist Mary Stewart for volunteering his time to give a talk titled, “Magnesite: A World War II Necessity.” His talk was part of Cape May MAC’s Lunch & Learn educational series, a twice monthly program offered both live and online via Zoom, on enlightening and entertaining topics of history and culture.

He included in his talk the history of Cape May’s magnesite plant that operated during World War II off Sunset Boulevard. The audience was captivated, he said. “They loved it. They had no idea in many cases what magnesite was and what it did or its importance during World War II. They had no idea magnesite could be extracted from sea water,” he said.

Many in the audience were interested in the environmental impact from the plant, as well, he said, from dust which is alkaline that affected acid-loving plants nearby, such as pines. “Harry is an engaging presenter, and his knowledge of Cape May history is broad and deep,” said Stewart. “The Colonial House Museum is a Cape May gem and Harry is an invaluable asset to the Cape May community. We are so fortunate and grateful to him for sharing his expertise with us and with the public.”

Society announces Partnership with Historic Preservation Commission

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The Greater Cape May Historical Society is proud to announce a 2022 Financial Stabilization Grant award from the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

The grant award establishes a cash reserve for historic preservation and collection projects. Preservation is ongoing and an essential part of our mission. Successful grant writing is critical for supporting history projects and the Memucan Hughes Colonial House. However, it frequently requires the organization to pay for the work prior to receiving reimbursement funds. With this grant award, the Society can borrow, then later replenish, the cash reserve funds which takes the pressure off the operating budget. According to the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Financial Stabilization Grant Program helps non-profit organizations address "operational challenges that threaten their stability and to help build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work and achieve their missions."

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