On August 9th the Rehoboth Beach Museum will be showing a video oral history of long-time Rehoboth Beach resident Trip Wilkinson. The event will be held at 10:00 am at the Anna Hazzard House, 17 Christian Street, Rehoboth Beach.
Having spent much of her early life visiting Rehoboth Beach, Trip recounts her history with the small pre-war tourist town she knew growing up, and describes the changes Rehoboth has gone through over the years. From volunteering with the library and the VIA, to teaching second graders at Lewes, Trip was involved with all aspects of life in the changing Rehoboth Beach. Now through this unique oral history, the public can join Trip as she remembers the Rehoboth Beach past she was heavily involved in.
Trip Wilkinson’s first experience with Rehoboth Beach was when she was just 10 years old when after spending summers vacationing in Bethany, her parents decided to buy a beach house in nearby Rehoboth. After that, Trip spent every summer in Rehoboth, even during World War II. In 1953, Trip moved to Rehoboth full time after being offered a teaching job in Lewes. After teaching for five years Trip turned her focus to being a mother for her two children and volunteering wherever, and whenever, she got the chance, including volunteering with the VIA, library, and many more.
One of the first places where she volunteered was the Rehoboth Art League. In 1959, Trip, along with two other women, was placed in charge of putting together the Art League ball. The fundraiser was a huge success, raising $1,600. After that, Trip began to volunteer other organization including the DFD, a house-building corporation, and All Saints Church.
The Rehoboth Beach Museum oral history program, was put together in order to keep the memory of the old Rehoboth Beach alive. The program involves interviewing people who have a history with Rehoboth. In hopes of sharing these stories, the Rehoboth Beach Museum has decided to show these interviews with the public. This is hopefully the first of many showings of these historic videos.
If you are interested in hearing more of Trip’s fascinating history of Rehoboth Beach, please call (302) 227–7310 to reserve a seat. Space is limited so call soon. Please visit www.rehbothbeachmusuem.org for more information about the museum and the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.