Programs & Events

2015

January

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
A Trip with Triplett: Witty Wilmington Adventures
January 20, 7-9:00 p.m.

You don't have to travel all the way to Wilmington to hear exciting tales of the Lower Cape Fear! Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport with retired High School History Teacher, Robin Triplett, captivating the audience with exciting stories of intrigue, love, lust, death, and all the things that make the historic city fascinating. For over 5 years, Robin has educated and entertained hundreds through her tours of Downtown Wilmington. Her exuberant personality and love of history will make this program one you won't forget!

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.

February

"Cruising The Line: African American Sailors"
February 7

In conjunction with Black History month, The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will expand its Civil War exhibit to include "Cruising the Line: African American Sailors." Learn about the men who escaped enslavement and enlisted in the Union Navy patrolling off Southport's coast. Joining the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, these mariners were instrumental in blockading goods vital to the Confederate war effort. As part of the permanent exhibit, a reproduction Union Navy uniform is on display.

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
"Rosenwald Schools" with Donnie Joyner
February 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Built in Southport, North Carolina during school budget year 1921-22 at a cost of $8,920, County Training School #1 was the first public high school for African - Americans students in Brunswick County. Funds to build this school were generated through the black & white communities along with money supplied by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Destroyed by fire before the building could be occupied in Jan. 1922, the communities pulled together again to raise money for yet another high school named County Training School #2. Because Southport was not centrally located, a large portion of the black community found it difficult for their children to attend school. Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Donnie Joyner to discuss the African - American struggles, triumphs, and their dedication to education in the Lower Cape Fear from the 1920's to the 1970s.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.

What a Cruel Thing is War:
Sacrifice and Legacies of the Civil War
February 27-28, 2015

The final Civil War Sesquicentennial symposium, cohosted by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, will be held in the Lower Cape Fear, February 27-28, 2015.

Friday, participants will enjoy on-the - hour tours of Fort Anderson State Historic Site from 1 until 4, with Keynote William C. "Jack" Davis speaking at 7 p.m. in Murrow Hall, Southport Trinity UMC, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. End your evening at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for a wine and cheese reception.

The University of North Carolina - Wilmington will host the Civil War Sesquicentennial symposium on Saturday, February 28, with lectures from noted Civil War historians and authors focusing on the theme of Sacrifice and Legacies of the Civil War. Registration will begin at 7:45am. Welcome and introduction of the keynote begins at 8:30am. Craig Symonds, our keynote speaker begins at 9:00am. There will be two sessions before lunch, a lunch break, and a final session after lunch with closing remarks by James Leutze. The event will conclude with a night-time cannon fire at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

For more information and to register, visit www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarSymposium
Registration Fees:
Friday and Saturday - $25.00; Saturday programing includes a box lunch.
Friday only - $10.00
UNC-Wilmington students may attend all events free; $10.00 fee for a Saturday lunch option.

March

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
March 28, 3:00 p.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $28.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Park Day 2015 – Volunteers Needed
March 28, 9:30 a.m.-noon

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport will participate in Park Day 2015. Volunteers are needed to clean out shrub beds and plant our "Victory Garden." The Museum will offer a hotdog lunch along with a free t-shirt and badges to participants. For more information, please call (910) 457-0003.

April

"Dive Into History" Symposium
April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and the panel discussion will be engaging and exciting.

Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, as we welcome a series of professional divers to share fascinating moments in history through their eyes. Salvager Denny Breece will discuss his 1987 recovery of a rudder and cannon from the La Rosa de Bilboa, a late 1700s Spanish Vessel located off Southport's shores.

Archaeologist Dr. James Delgado, the director of the Maritime Heritage Program in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries of the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will discuss his recent excavation of the wreck Mary Celestia, a Civil War blockade runner, whose Southport pilot perished from yellow fever while navigating the vessel across The Bar. Learn more about the ship's demise in Bermuda and how the wreck continues to give archaeologists valuable information.

The Symposium includes a boxed lunch and concludes with a panel of local divers to answer public inquiries regarding our local wrecks.

Fee: $15 Members, $20 Non-members. For further details and to register call the Museum 910-457-0003. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

The program will be held at Murrow Hall, Southport Trinity UMC, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC, 28461

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461.

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
April 18, 3:00 p.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $28.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
"What Happened to the Lost Colony?"
With David LaVere, Ph.D., (Road Scholar)
April 21, 7-9 p.m.

The Lost Colony is one of North Carolina's great mysteries. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and UNCW history professor, Dr. David LaVere, whose research indicates that when the English colonists disappeared from Roanoke in 1587, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans. The possibilities of their fate terrified the English and had the potential to derail future English colonization. This talk delves into Roanoke Indian society and politics, English Elizabethan politics and colonial ambitions, reasons the Roanoke colony failed, and LaVere's theories as to what happened to the Lost Colonists.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.

*This presentation is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a nonprofit foundation and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5th Annual NC Maritime Museum at Southport
GOLF CLASSIC
April 22, Wednesday,
Shotgun at 11:00 a.m., dinner following.

Play golf while supporting the Museum! Silent & Live Auctions, Raffles and Door Prizes. Sponsorships are available. 100% of proceeds go towards the Museum. www.friendsncmmsouthport.org, Jim Carey (910)253-6331, or the Museum (910) 457-0003.

May
Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
"The Workboats of Core Sound" with Lawrence S Earley
May 19, 7-9 p.m.

For generations, Harkers Island was isolated from the rest of North Carolina. Boating was the only means of transportation and the only means for their livelihood. The wooden workboats of Core Sound are beautiful, functional art; the builders are artisans like no other. The names Rose, Willis, and Gaskill, are synonymous with the tradition of Down East boat building and their trade has been passed down within the island communities of Carteret County for decades. Join The NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Lawrence Early, the author of The Workboats of Core Sound. He will share the stories and images of the vibrant culture of the boat builders Down East.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. 

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
May 30, 9:00 a.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $28.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial information and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

volunteer

Volunteers are needed for the great times at the Maritime Museums. Share your love of history, culture and North Carolina's well-loved coast.  Each Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from working with children to helping with events.

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