HATTERAS — For the first time in 17 years, the North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference will be held in Hatteras. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be hosting this year’s conference on October 25-27.
Talks and paper presentations will cover topics on Maritime Heritage, the role of the Coast Guard, U-Boats, Mystery Ships, the Corolla Shipwreck, Underwater Archaeology and the War of 1812. Friday afternoon tours will be held at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and life saving stations at Chicamacomico and Little Kinnakeet. Saturday afternoon optional tours o f Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke or the Pea Island Museum will be held.
Speakers include Anna Gibson Holloway, curator of the USS Monitor Center, Doug Stover of the National Park Service, David Alberg of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, historians William Thiesen and Peter Rasco, author Jim Bunch, archaeologists Joseph Hoyt and John Wagner, author Daniel M. Brown of East Carolina University, and David Moore of the N.C. Maritime Museum.
Friday night’s keynote speaker will be Outer Banks resident and popular author of Treasure Island: The Untold Story, John Amrhein, Jr. Outer Banks radio personality, cook book author and Outer Banks food expert, Sharon Peele Kennedy will cater Friday evening’s event with a period Hatteras Island meal.
The three North Carolina Maritime Museums are the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport. All three Museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.