What Happened to the Lost Colony? April 21, 2015 7-9pm

la vereSouthport - The Lost Colony is one of North Carolina's great mysteries. Join the North Carolina 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.

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

*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.

“Dive Into History” April 11, 2015

NC Maritime Museum at Southport Symposiumdive into history

Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and this symposium promises to be engaging and exciting, as we welcome a series of professional divers to share fascinating moments in history through their eyes.

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

10:30am: Denny Breese, La Rosa de Bilbao

11:30 am: James Delgado, NOAA, Mary Celestia

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Billy Ray Morris, NC UAC, Civil War wreck survey

2:00 pm: Misadventures of raising the Marjorie McAllister

Fee: $15 Members / $20 Non-members

Boxed lunch included

Venue: Murrow Hall, Southport Trinity UMC, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC, 28461

Rosenwald Schools - February 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

rosenwald school class of 1949Southport native, Donnie Joyner, will discuss African-American struggles, triumphs, and their dedication to education in the Lower Cape Fear from the 1920's to the 1970s. 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 January 1922, the communities pulled together again to raise money for yet another high school named County Training School #2. Speaker, Mr. Joyner maintains, "Because Southport was not centrally located in Brunswick County, a large portion of the black community found it difficult for their children to attend school."

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport.

Program is free. Please call the Museum at 910-457-0003 to register.

A Trip with Triplett: Witty Wilmington Adventures

January 20, 7-9:00 p.m.

Southport- 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.

"Come Grow With Us"

come grow ship resizedAs the Museum grows in patronage and collections, expansion is imperative. Click here to watch the Time Warner Cable News video, and here to watch the WECT news video, spotlighting the Museum's expansion.  ow Ship resizedPhase II of our Capital Campaign will add 2,500 square foot of space. The addition will house an exhibit construction workshop, create archival and exhibit storage, expand our classroom and meeting space with a new multi-purpose room, add restroom facilities, and provide a media room. Please help support the Museum's expansion and "Come Grow With Us."

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.


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