Sandbar Lecture Series — Interesting topics discussed by knowledgeable guest speakers. Co-sponsored by OIB Surf & Java.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Admission is free for Museum & Dual Museum/Planetarium members.
Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under.
May 27, 2014 — The Holocaust: My Family’s Escape from Nazi Germany — 6:00 PM — Guest speaker Alfred Schnog discusses his family’s escape from Nazi Germany on the morning after Kristalnacht. His family settled in Amsterdam and immigrated to the U.S. barely one month before the Nazi’s invaded Holland.
June 3, 2014 — Coastal Carolina Native Americans — 6:00 PM — Guest speaker Vern Bender discusses the tribes that lived in the Cape Fear area — Cape Fear, Waccamaw, Iroquois, Catwba, Lumbee, and Choctaw — and how their lives changed in 1521 when the first Spanish ship appeared on the horizon.
June 10, 2014 — Meet the Battleship North Carolina — 6:00 PM — Kim Robinson Sincox was 10 years old when she visited the Battleship NC for the first time. Today, she is the Battleship’s Museum Services Director. Enjoy learning about the history of this great ship from someone who has had a 24-year-old love affair with her.
June 17, 2014 — The Golden Age of Piracy — 6:00 PM — Guest speaker Brett Ortmann Riggs discusses the history, tactics, and practices of some of the most notorious pirates of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
June 24, 2014 — The History of the Constitution & the Early Republic — 6:00 PM – Guest speaker Brett Ortmann Riggs discusses the history, personalities, and issues that influenced the creation of the Constitution in the struggling early American republic.
July 8, 2014 — Coast Walk NC — 6:00 PM – Peter and Cathy Meyers are coastal naturalists and writers. For the past 3 years, they have been coast walkers, walking along all of NC’s ocean beaches. In this presentation, they will discuss Coastwalk NC, a trail that covers 21 barrier islands and involves 425 miles of hiking. The Meyers hope to inspire others to take their own coast walks.
July 15, 2014 — Shipwrecks: Living History — 6:00 PM – Guest speaker Pete Nawrocky discusses how shipwrecks become sanctuaries for a wide variety of marine life. He will compare the differences in marine life between cold Northern waters with the warmer waters off NC.
July 22, 2014 — Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers’ Time in Alabama — 6:00 PM – If you enjoyed Julie Hedgepeth Williams’ past presentations about the Titanic disaster, you won’t want to miss her program about the Wright Brothers. The Wright Brothers are known for their work in NC and OH, but they also spent some time in Alabama in early 1910 looking for a place to start this country’s first civilian flight school.
July 29, 2014 — Sea Biscuit Shelter & Migrating Waterbirds — 6:00 PM – The Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter in Oak Island handles about 350 injured birds a year. Founder Mary Ellen Rogers talks about the shelter’s work and about the migrating waterfowl that pass through this area in the spring and fall. She will bring some live birds with her to the presentation.
August 5, 2014 — Sharks! — 6:00 PM — Guest speaker Andy Gould explores the many amazing species of sharks that call coastal NC home. Mr. Gould will bring along engaging activities and hands-on interactive props that will make this dive into the fascinating world of sharks unforgettable.
August 12, 2014 — Marine Mammals of Southern California — Guest speaker Dean Gomersall discusses the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine animals and explain how this relates to ocean conservation and awareness.