Kingoff joins museum board

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Staff photo by Emmy Errante 

Michael Kingoff is one of three new board members at the Wrigthsville Beach Museum of History.

Michael Kingoff is one of three new board members of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History who will be welcomed at the first meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 

Museum director Madeline Flagler said when she looks at potential candidates, she considers what demographic may be missing representation on the board, such as age and professional backgrounds.

“We try to vary the ages of people … for example, people with young families,” she said. “And Michael Kingoff is our local businessman. His family and business have been here for quite a while.”

Though Kingoff admitted he has little experience with the museum itself, his lifelong residency in the Wrightsville Beach area and third generation family jewelry business helped inspire his passion for community history.

“Wrightsville Beach is one of the … dearest things in the world to me; some of the happiest times of my life have been at the beach…” Kingoff said. “I feel that it’s really important to preserve the rich history that Wrightsville Beach has and educate people about it. From issues of the environment to the impact on the economy, I think it’s all a big part of Wilmington’s growth.”

I think the museum is where a lot of that public education comes from. 

Kingoff’s business has also been a presence in Wrightsville Beach and its events like Lumina Daze, which he said he has played a large role in fundraising for in the past, will continue to be one of his contributions as a board member.

“I have been a big part of fundraising for numerous charities of Wilmington, as well as my family,” he said. “There are so many capable people out there. I just hope I can live up to the standards of helping relay the information to the public.”

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is free to the public and open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

For more information about the museum, upcoming events or how to get involved, visit


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