Selected Community Events

Save Email Print Bookmark and Share

From a Fire on the Beach to a Diamond in the Sky: the Evolution of Lighthouses and Light-Keeping in North Carolina

Farmville Public Library, 4276 West Church Street, Farmville, NC 27828
With historic photographs, drawings and maps, maritime historian Kevin Duffus presents a wide-ranging discussion of North Carolina's rich heritage of guiding mariners, a tradition which surprisingly began nearly five centuries ago.

Learn of the earliest recorded effort to guide a ship ashore and the date of the earliest observed shipwreck on the Carolina coast. Discover primitive methods used during colonial times to establish beacons and channel markers. Kevin Duffus demonstrates how the first NC lighthouses, including the original Bald Head lighthouse, utilized technology that wasted 80% of light emitted, and explains why the improved Fresnel lens may be misnamed. See how the architecture of lighthouses and keeper's dwellings evolved over two centuries—from elegant to ugly, and from utilitarian to ornate. You’ll be amazed to learn of the times when the state’s lighthouses and beacons were blown-up, burned, and battered, and lightships were sunk by wars and storms. Learn the functions of screw-pile lights, range lights, and day-marks.

Duffus also describes shocking little-known stories of keepers, some who were hired for their political payoffs, the keeper accused of purposely wrecking ships, and others who helped to steal their own lenses. Perhaps most amazing of all is the story of the keeper's house built from a shipwreck. If, as the U.S. Commissioner of Lighthouses once said: "The building and keeping of the lights is a picturesque and humanitarian work of a nation,” then it can also be stated that the story of lighthouses in North Carolina is one of the most fascinating and colorful chapters of the state’s history.

David Miller, Library Director
(252) 753-3355
dmiller@farmville-nc.com



Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton

Farmville Public Library, 4276 West Church Street, Farmville, NC 27828
In this presentation by Sneed, the audience will learn about three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern. Sneed will discuss how these three slave narrative authors left their mark on the North American Slave Narrative Literary Tradition. Slave narratives' mission was to convert the hearts and minds of readers so they would become supportive of the anti-slavery cause. As the narratives are often dismissed as "anti-slavery propaganda", she will share what research has revealed about their veracity. Sneed will explore the book "12 Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup, now a highly acclaimed film of the same name, and how it compares to these three Tar Heel narratives.

This program is free and open to the public.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

David Miller, Library Director
(252) 753-3355
dmiller@farmville-nc.com



What Happened to the Lost Colony?

Farmville Public Library, 4276 West Church Street, Farmville, NC 27828
The Library will be hosting UNC Wilmington History professor, Dr. David LaVere, on Monday, April 6 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Library, where he will discuss the Lost Colony.

The Lost Colony is one of the great North Carolina mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, 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. Their fate terrified the English and had the potential to derail future English colonization.

This talk explains Roanoke Indian society and politics, English Elizabethan politics and colonial ambitions, who and what made the Roanoke colony fail, and what LaVere believes happened to the Lost Colonists.

This program is free and open to the public.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

David Miller, Library Director
(252) 753-3355
dmiller@farmville-nc.com



28th Annual Fort Branch Battle Reenactment Weekend

Hamilton Martin County
Civil War programs with battles each day at 1:30.

Dates: November 1st and 2nd, 2014

Don Torrence 252-217-2216 adjutant@fortbranchcivilwarsite.com


Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

Ocracoke
The Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree the weekend of Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 on Ocracoke Island, NC, celebrates the last days of Blackbeard the pirate throughout the village. Featuring Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, a professional living history group from Hampton, Va., they and other pirate groups will camp the weekend in the yard of the Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway.
This free, family-friendly event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Ocracoke Community Center at where author-historian Kevin Duffus of Raleigh will test attendees’ knowledge of the infamous brigand in a game show format, followed by songs by the Motley Tones. $10 donation.
The main event will be all day Saturday, Nov. 1, with the authentic pirate encampment, a three-ship battle in Silver Lake Harbor, strolling minstrels, stage combat with the Shadow Players, two beer gardens, the Brigand's Bazaar and more.
Other pirate crews attending will be Capt. Horatio Sinbad on the Meka II, Capt. Ben Bunn and the Ada Mae, the Shadow Players, the Beaufort Oars, the King’s Rangers and Chris Suttle as Blackbeard.
The weekend concludes Sunday, Nov. 2, with a memorial of Blackbeard’s demise at 10 a.m. at Springer’s Point, followed by lunch with the pirates in Howard’s Pub.
Pirate costumes encouraged!


Connie Leinbach, OCBA secretary. 252-928-1811


Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin', Foot Tappin', Hatteras Style

May 2, 2014 - May 4, 2014 --

Hatteras Village - Outer Banks
Join OUR STATE for the 2nd Annual Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin', Foot Tappin', Hatteras Style
May 2 - 4, 2014
Hatteras Village - Outer Banks

Featuring storytelling with:
Clyde Edgerton - novelist, musician, and storyteller
Bland Simplson - author, storyteller, professor, and member of The Red Clay Ramblers
Clifford Swain - motivational speaker, educator, musician, and storyteller
Kevin Duffus - historian, author, and storyteller
Ben Cherry - storyteller, A.K.A. Blackbeard the Pirate
Rodney Kemp - Fish House Liar, N.C. Historian of the Year
James Charlet - local historian, storyteller

Also featuring:
Nu-Blu - nationally-known bluegrass group from Siler City, N.C.
Banjo Island - bluegrass group from Hatteras Island, Lots of local storytellers
A Taste of the Village - registration night - enjoy various culinary delights of Hatteras Village

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.


For more information please visit www.HatterasYarns.com or call (252) 986-2109.

For information on where to stay on Hatteras Island, please visit outerbanks.org



Wilson Woman's Club "A Tour of Homes 2014"

Apr 4, 2014 - Apr 5, 2014 --

Wilson, NC
A tour of 6 homes in the Wilson area. Tickets are $25 and includes both days. A luncheon will also be held on Friday, April 4th at the Woman's club, 402 Broad Street. Ticket are $10 in advance.

252-237-6110


Greenville Brushstrokes Clothesline Art Show

Apr 26, 2014 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Pitt Co. Historical Society Primitive Baptist Church Firetower Road, Greenville, NC
Our Clothesline Show features local artist paintings done in watercolor, acrylics, oil, or mixed media all of which are original works. There will be an array of framed as well as unframed art all at excellent prices. Art will be displayed in the church as well as hung outside for viewing
. Several of the artist will be on site painting. there will be live music, and a raffle drawing for an awesome watercolor original painting by one of our members, Pete Hickey.
10% of profits go to the Pitt Co. Historical Society. This is a must see and experience show!!!

Dorothy Jensen 252 355 6543
www.greenvillebrushstrokes.com



ECNAO 21st Annual Powwow

Mar 23, 2013 Noon - 6PM

Minges Coliseum



East Carolina Native American Organization will be hosting our 21st Annual Powwow at Minges. All are invited. This is a free event. We will have American Indian singing, dancing, vendors, and crafts.

hunta@ecu.edu