Recorded Programs

Below are recorded videos of past programs you can enjoy at your leisure.

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“Prepare Now for Future Weather Events: Lessons Learned in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Historic Property Owners,” a webinar presented by Reid Thomas, of the Cultural Resources Emergency Response Team, a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A PDF of the resources with links presented by Reid Thomas are available, please email [email protected]


“Camellias for Beginners" by Matt Hunter, a longtime member of Wilmington's Tidewater Club and past president of the American Camellia Society. To learn more about the Tidewater Camellia club, please visit their website at



“How's and Who's of Growing Orchids" with Laura Overstreet and Pam Layne from Cape Fear Orchid Society. For more resources on the care of orchids and information about joining the Cape Fear Orchid Society, please visit their website at


“Oh, Those Tea Parties!" with award-winning author Suzanne Adair. For more information about the author Click HERE


"Pollinator Plants of Coastal NC," by Amy Mead, Natural Resources Agent for Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover Counties, of the NC Cooperative Extension. Her background is in coastal plant ecology and water quality and she can assist residents with issues related to storm water, erosion, and native habitat restoration. To learn more about the NC Cooperative Extension, visit their website at 


"The First Wilmington Campaign; 1781" with Rick Morrison. Morrison is a retired naval officer, homeland security analyst, and disaster response analyst. He holds degrees in healthcare administration, history, management, and national security and strategic studies. A 2017 graduate from UNC Wilmington in history, Morrison currently works as a historic interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens in Wilmington and Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach.


"Conservation Concerns and Preservation Matters." In recognition and celebration of National Preservation Month, the Burgwin-Wright House presents a lively and interactive discussion with Art Conservators, Jennifer Bullock and Massimiliano Bernasconi, of Carolina Conservation. The presenters speak about the role of conservation in preservation and the cultural importance of preserving the art and artifacts of our past in order to safeguard them for the future. The conservators present interesting case studies about past treatments, followed by a focused discussion regarding the current conservation needs of the Burgwin-Wright House’s special collection. 


"Public Archaeology Corps: Who We Are and What We Do." Join Jon Schleier, founder of PAC, as we discuss it’s mission, methods and history. We will revisit some of PAC’s past projects, and place a particular emphasis on its current field project in downtown Wilmington. Come learn about the Cape Fear Region’s only archaeological outreach program, and how you can be involved!

Jon has been a practicing field archaeologist since his first project in high school; afterwards, he graduated from Franklin Pierce College in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. He then worked for several years as a contract archaeologist, with projects ranging throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast. In 2010, he earned his Master’s Degree in Archaeology with graduate level certification in Geography. He currently works at the Fort Bragg Cultural Resource Management Program, as a staff archaeologist and geographer. In 2013, along with an “A team” of local historians and archaeologists, he helped to found Public Archaeology Corps.

For more information about PAC, you can visit


"Funerary Art and History at Oakdale Cemetery, by Eric Kozen." History is frozen in time at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, marked by sculpted monuments to the residents of the city's past. Join Eric Kozen, superintendent of Oakdale Cemetery, as he explores the insightful and fascinating craft of Funerary Art and what these unique gravemarkers can tell visitors about the stories of those laid to rest within the historic burial grounds.

Eric Kozen has been with Oakdale Cemetery for 20 years, before which he served Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Oakdale Cemetery was first incorporated in 1852 and saw its first burial in 1855. To learn more about Oakdale Cemetery and access its historic burial database, visit


"Wilmington's Diligence Lineage and Revenue Cutter Service, by Katy Menne." Long before the U.S. Coast Guard existed in its current form, the Wilmington riverfront was a notable host of its predecessor, the Revenue Cutter Service. Starting with the original Diligence vessel, which was first stationed on the Wilmington waterfront starting in 1792, Katy Menne, curator of education for the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, looks at the region’s role in this federal agency and how the Cape Fear began its two-century reputation as a protector of the East Coast.

The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport is located at 204 E Moore Street in Southport. To learn more about what the museum offers, visit


"Behind Enemy Lines: Women in Revolutionary Wilmington by Kimberly Sherman" Dr. Kimberly B. Sherman discusses the experiences of both Loyalist and Patriot women in Wilmington during the Revolutionary era, from the earliest stirrings of conflict through the British Occupation of 1781. Women and families keenly felt the effects of war and occupation and Sherman explores some of the ways in which women supported one another across political divides and survived the ordeal of civil war in North Carolina.

Sherman is a historian, writer and educator in Wilmington, NC. She earned BA and MA degrees in History from UNC Wilmington and her Ph.D. in Modern History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she researched Scottish family networks in eighteenth-century North Carolina. Sherman teaches history at Cape Fear Community College and UNC Wilmington.