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December 10th, 2013:

New Additions: The Outer Banks

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Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:



Hidden History of the Outer Banks, by Sarah Downing.  A local author and historian reveals the past including lost stories of the outer banks.  From the native American Algonquins, to the lost ironclad “Monitor”, to islanders’ encounters with the Wright brothers, and coastal windmills, the vignettes in this book explore the unique bygone days of these famous coastal islands.







North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hopeby Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts.  This book describes  the lore, distinctive histories, and “personalities” of the North Carolina’s lighthouses. Featured artful, photographic illustrations present a comprehensive brings to life the seafaring past of some of the most famous lighthouses in the world.





portsmouthParadise Lost: An Oral History of Portsmouth Island, by James White. Based on interviews of those who had lived on Portsmouth Island in the early 20th century, the author shares their memories, which covered a variety of topics about life on the island:  the Civil War, hunting, fishing, school, church, Christmas, the Life Saving Station, the U.S. Coast Guard Service, hurricanes, shipwrecks, whaling, recreation, prohibition and more. Included in the book are newly published vintage photographs. The island was abandoned by the last residents in 1971.


Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

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