December 2017
Mission of the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum - Beaufort
The purposes of the Friends are to assist, promote and enhance the programs and functions of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort through contributions of labor, technical skills, services, equipment, and funding.

Friends of the NC Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation.

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Thank you to all who attended the Boatshop Bash last month.  It was a great party and a record breaking fundraiser for the Museum.  It is your support through membership and events such as the Bash that keeps the Museum dynamic.  Again, thank you! 

The Friends' and the Museum have an exciting weekend ahead.  Be sure to read this newsletter to find out more about the Flotilla and the Holiday Open House.

We wish all Happy Holidays.  We hope to see you at the Museum
    Brent Creelman                 Gina Holland
Director of Operations      Director of Communications

315 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


2 - Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
2 - Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting
3 - Friends of the Maritime Museum Annual Meeting and Holiday Open House
6 - Brown Bag Gam: North Carolina's Coast in 1718
9 - Pirates of the Cape Fear
9&10 - Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course
13 - Merry Time for Tots: Shark Tales!
14 - Boating Safety Program - Emergencies Onboard

For more information on Upcoming Events+
December 2
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 featuring boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels
decorated for the season.
The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront.
All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the festive Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the Museum.  
Cash prizes will be awarded. 
It is not too late to enter your boat!  ​​​​​​​
Boats can enter up until noon on Saturday.
For more information, please contact the Friends' office at 252-728-1638.
December 2
Museum Auditorium
 The Annual Membership Meeting will:

  • Review highlights of the past year, and the financial position of the Friends;
  • Elect members of the Board of Directors for 2018;
  • Review the State of the Museum with Joe Schwarzer, Director of the Maritime Museum System; and
  • Provide an update on the plans for Gallants Channel and the Blackbeard Exhibit expansion.

    Sitting members of The Friends’ Board with remaining term in (years):
John Hagle (1), David Johnson (1), Winburne King (2), Vick Moore (2), Susan Sanders (2), Dianne Tetreault (1), and Joe Ustach (1)
The Nominating Committee for The Friends has proposed the following candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors:
Penny Baldridge (incumbent), David DuBuisson (incumbent), Walt Wood (incumbent), Will Harvey, Laura Snyder, and Bill Weinhold.

Members and the public are invited to the 
Museum’s Holiday Open House
3:00 p.m. following the membership meeting
Meet and mingle with museum staff and Friends’ Board members. 
Please join us to share the holiday cheer.
December 6
12:00 pm
Museum Auditorium

Join speaker Ben Wunderly for an informal presentation on what the coastal landscape of North Carolina would have looked like in 1718, the year that Blackbeard lost his ship and ultimately his life. We will examine the coastal inlets and islands that existed to better understand what Blackbeard may have seen during his time.
Free Admission
Ne Reservations Necessary
AnchorPirates of the Cape Fear
December 9
2:00 pm
Museum Auditorium
A lecture by John Hairr discussing pirates associated with the Cape Fear River. One of the leading authorities on the Cape Fear River explores many of the places on the river such as Averasboro, Roan Island or Neil’s Eddy that have been related in some way to piracy. 
Free Admission
Ne Reservations Necessary
Learn more about the Friends' sponsored Community Boating Clubs. 

License Plate Program

The NCMM license plate proceeds help protect and increase our understanding of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast. To learn more click here.

Your brick will be part of our courtyard on the waterfront at Gallants Channel, a future meeting place for all visitors to the Museum.  Act now to be part of a permanent reminder of those who chose early to be a part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's expansion, and help preserve maritime history, marine ecology, and, North Carolina's rich maritime past. To learn more click here.

As a member of the Friends, you can join us by showing your appreciation of the value of the  coastal communities, both past and present. Your commitment is reflected through your dues, donations, and volunteer hours, which assist in supporting museum programming and exhibits.
Please join us by making a donation in one of the following ways:

  • Gifts for the Present
  • Gifts for the Future
  • Tangible Gifts

Business Memberships
There are many advantages to becoming a Business Member of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. With over nine events a year, your company has the opportunity to be recognized as a community partner.  To learn more click here.

Individual and
Family Memberships
The reason the museum can provide a large variety of programs and exhibits for the community is largely due to member support.  State funding makes the museum possible.  Membership support enhances community outreach and the quality of exhibits and programs.  To learn more click here.

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose Friends of the Museum North Carolina Maritime Museum Inc. to support.  

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile can be used with your Amazon Prime account. 

As of August 2017, all charities have received $62,069,818.82.   Include the Friends and the Museum by registering your charity as "Friends of the Museum North Carolina Maritime Museum Inc."
"Emergencies Onboard"
December 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum Auditorium

These courses, presented at the Museum, are offered jointly with Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron, an affilate of the United States Power Squadrons.
Reservations: email to SEACLEF@coastalnet.com or call 252-726-0630.
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The Museum will be closed
Christmas Day and New Years Day.


Thank you.  Your support matters!

 Walk-In Visitors                                 8,818
 Visitors in Organized Groups               423
       Children             300
       Adults                123
 Watercraft Center Visitation               2,608 
                              Gallants Channel Visitation                     18
                              Outreach Totals (formulated)             1,621
                              Traveling Exhibits - Visitation           39,886
                             Total Audience Served                       53,794
More Information?

NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-504-7740
Joseph W. Schwarzer - Director

Friends of the NC Maritime Museum  |  315 Front Street  |  252-728-1638
David DuBuisson- President of the Friends of the Museum
Southport and Hatteras
About the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. 
The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   The museum is open to the public with free admission. Donations are always appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history,