Duplin County Historical Society quarterly meeting
Kenan Maready’s new book, "Chinquapin - The Way We Lived"
Location: Rose Hill Restaurant
We are pleased to have one of Duplin County’s native sons and author, Kenan Maready, to be our guest speaker at the November meeting. Kenan was born and lived in the Mill Swamp and Chinquapin communities until his family moved to Wilmington N.C. in 1951. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1954. Not having any hope of attending college, he began working for S.H. Kress & Co., a five and dime, as a manager trainee.In 1957, in lieu of accepting a transfer to a store on Long Island, New York, he enlisted in the Air Force and was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Security Service. After one-year of training, he served two years at Elmendorf AFB near Anchorage and one year on the island of Shemya, the next to last island in the Aleutian Islands, located in the middle of the Bering Sea. After discharge, he attended Wake Forest University with a major in Accounting. He earned his BBA degree in thirty-three months by taking as many credit hours as the university would allow each semester as well as attending summer school. Kenan graduated in May, 1964 and returned to Wilmington to work with a CPA firm where he was made Partner in 1969. Kenan married Millie Maultsby in 1967 and has two sons, Ken, an attorney in Blacksburg, VA, and Forrest, a computer consultant. He has two grandchildren. Kenan has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington for over 64 years and a member of the Wilmington Lions Club for over 40 years.
After retirement, Kenan began collecting all of his childhood memories about growing up in rural North Carolina, Chinquapin in particlular, and putting these recollections in book form. His first book, "Chinquapin-The Way we Lived", was published in 2015. The book is described as, "A young boy’s memories, fantasies, and dreams in rural North Carolina 1936-1948."
His other books are: "Chinquapin, All It’s Cracked up to be," "Wilmington, The Way We Lived," "Is Laughter the best Medicine," and "New Hanover Scrap Book: Class of ’54."Kenan will share some of his experiences at the meeting.
Cost: Lunch $13 (optional)
Open to the Public