UNC Wilmington Public History Students Help Tidal Creek Co-op Celebrate 30 Years with History Exhibit; Opening April 28

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wilmington, N.C. - Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in June 2012. To commemorate this historic marker for Wilmington's cooperative community, the students in the Public History Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have created an exhibit chronicling the co-op's beginnings and growth, entitled "Feeding Tradition:  A History of Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market."

All are welcome to attend the exhibit opening from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Tidal Creek Co-op. Tidal Creek staff, and UNCW faculty and student curators will announce and unveil the exhibit within Tidal Creek's retail space, where it will remain on permanent display for some time. Fly the Coop wines and gourmet cheeses will be served at the event. Invited attendees include Tidal Creek Co-op founders, UNCW faculty and staff and Tidal Creek staff, owners and community members.

Depictions of the history, voices and actions of Tidal Creek owners will be recognized in the exhibit. It will also include pieces to represent the international cooperative business model, currently of particular interest as the United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives.

Tammy Gordon, UNCW faculty member in the Department of History and director of the Public History Program, said the Tidal Creek project was an ideal way for students to learn best practices of museum curation and education. The program focuses on preparing students for professional work in museums, historic sites and historic preservation organizations.

"Tidal Creek Co-op is an open community that welcomed inquiry, which facilitated every part of the project, including oral history interviews, primary source research and exhibit development, design and fabrication. The values of the Tidal Creek community, which include sustainability, public education, service and community well-being, are shared by public historians."

Gordon also noted that the project allowed students to experience a business model that they can use in their professional lives after graduation. UNCW student research is posted at www.tidalcreek.coop.

Media contacts:

Christina McKenzie, Tidal Creek, 910.799.2667 ext 202 or christina@tidalcreek.coop

Dana Fischetti, UNCW, 910.508.3127 or fischettid@uncw.edu