Virtual Sand Bar Lectures

The Museum of Coastal Carolina has been closed due to COVID-19 and has therefore been unable to bring you the exciting topics and wonderful presenters lined up for its Tuesday night Sand Bar Lecture Series.
Instead, some of these presenters have graciously agreed to discuss their topics in a virtual format and share their enthusiasm and expertise with you.
Hunter Ingram was scheduled to present Cape Fear Unearthed on June 2 at the museum. Although unable to present a live program, Mr. Ingram graciously agreed to record an interview with Jamie Justice, the Education Coordinator for the Museum and Planetarium. Hunter Ingram is the local history reporter and television writer for the Star News in Wilmington. He is the creator, researcher, and host of the Cape Fear Unearthed podcast which shares persisting legends, historical oddities, and landmark stories from the Cape Fear region with the help of historians, experts, and others from the region. The podcast recently passed 100,000 downloads and 50 episodes. Ingram is a lifelong lover of history and found Southeastern North Carolina to have an extremely rich history full of stories he enjoys sharing with local residents. Click the link below to listen to Hunter Ingram discuss the origins of his Cape Fear Unearthed podcast, how he came to have such an appreciation for local history, what it takes to create the podcast, and what stories are coming up on the show.

Sue Immen was scheduled to present The Wild Horses of the East Coast  on June 16 at the museum. Immen is the co-founder of the Wild Horse Preserve at Grayce Wynds. The non-profit operates as an agritourism site at Grayce Wynds Farm, a 30-acre horse farm near Holden Beach. Ms. Immen speaks about wild horses and conducts wild horse tours to Beaufort, North Carolina. She is a retired educator who served as a health/physical education teacher as well as a school counselor. She has recorded a CD and written several published books, including the Sunny and Jess book series. Sunny and Jess are wild ponies from Chincoteague, VA who now live at Grayce Wynds Farm and serve as ambassadors for Eastern wild horses. In retirement, Ms. Immen contributes to the world through education, connection, and inspiration. You can find her DVD and other resources here:

Watch an introduction to all of the East Coast wild horse herds below:

Howie Franklin was scheduled to present Air Force One on June 23 at the museum. Although unable to present a live program, Mr. Franklin graciously agreed to record an interview with Jamie Justice, the Education Coordinator for the Museum and Planetarium. Howie Franklin served for 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. Eighteen of those years were spent as a Flight Steward on Air Force One where he served five U.S. Presidents: Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He was Chief Flight Steward during the Bush and Clinton administrations. He also flew extensively with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, on his Shuttle Diplomacy Missions for Presidents Nixon and Ford.  During his career, he served generals, secretaries of defense, secretaries of state, and heads of state. During this time, he accumulated some great stories which he included in his book Yes Sir! Mister President and talks about in this interview. Mr. Franklin is currently the Director of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Howie Franklin Field in Oak Island, NC. He is a past president and current member of the Executive Board of Directors of the NC Airport Association.


Watch Jamie Justice’s interview with Howie Franklin.

Mary Ellen Rogers was scheduled to speak on June 30 at the museum. Although unable to present a live program, Ms. Rogers has provided a video tour of the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. Mary Ellen Rogers is a longtime environmental activist who retired to Oak Island. She became aware of the lack of a local facility to treat injured birds and decided to start one. She spent two years gaining the knowledge and expertise necessary to obtain the appropriate NC Fish and Wildlife Service permits; the permits were granted in 2007. The Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter now handles about 450 injured birds each year. The goal of the shelter is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds. Veterinary assistance is donated by local vets. Volunteers help care for the injured birds. The shelter’s day-to-day operations and capital improvements are funded by donations.

Take a tour of the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter: