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MARITIME HERITAGE SERIES: Lake Phelps Canoes: Their History and Preservation

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Lake Phelps was an important maritime resource for Native Americans for thousands of years. In the 1980s, 23 dugout canoes were discovered in and around the lake; and four were recovered for further study. Kimberly Kenyon, head conservator for the North Carolina Office of State Conservation Lab in Greenville, is overseeing the re-conservation of three out of the four recovered canoes. Kim will discuss the history of Native American activity around Lake Phelps, the discovery of the canoes, the initial conservation measures taken for those recovered, and the renewed efforts to stabilize them so that they are preserved for generations to come. She will also share details of the canoe recovered from Lake Waccamaw in April 2023.

The program is part of our Maritime Heritage Series, informal lectures held in the museum auditorium and focused on North Carolina’s rich maritime history, coastal environment, and culture. Admission is free, and registration is not required.


North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
315 Front St.
Beaufort, NC 28516 United States
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Registration costs, less a 10% fee, are refunded when the museum receives cancellation notice at least 48 hours before the start of a program. There is no refund within 48 hours of the start of a program, and tickets cannot be transferred to a later program date within that 48 hour timeframe. Due to material costs and supply, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center Courses require a 2-week notification for cancellations; only the course fee is refunded if cancellation occurs prior to 2 weeks. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet the minimum participant requirement up to one week before the program is scheduled. In the event of cancellation due to low enrollment, participants who have submitted a fee will receive a full refund. If a program is canceled due to inclement weather and unable to be rescheduled for another date, the participants will receive a full refund.