Newsletter from the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 4TH. IT WILL BE OPEN ON JULY 5TH.

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DIXIE BURRUS BROWNING

September 9, 1930 – June 11, 2024

( Memories of Old Hatteras video courtesy Virginian-Pilot November 19, 2013)

Dixie was one of the greats! She embodied the true spirit of Hatteras which exemplified ability, devotion, humor and fortitude. With her passing, Hatteras and North Carolina have lost a legend. We cherish the times we spent with her.



September 9, 1930 – June 11, 2024

BUXTON — Dixie Stevens Burrus Browning of Buxton, North Carolina, rejoined her husband of 61 years on June 11, 2024. Leonard (Lee) L. Browning, Jr., who departed in 2011, was the hero of many of her over 100 published novels and the love of her life.

Dixie was born on September 9, 1930, the first child of Rebecca (Miss Becky) Stevens Burrus and Maurice (Dick) Lennon Burrus. She grew up in Hatteras Village with her siblings, now deceased, Steve (Gilbert Stevens Burrus), Sara (Sara Ethelbert Burrus Shoemaker), and Mary (Mary Rebecca Burrus Williams). She attended Mary Washington College, Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), and studied nursing at North Carolina’s Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston-Salem, where she met her future husband, Lee. They married in 1950.

During her career as an author, Dixie wrote contemporary novels under her own name for Silhouette and later for Harlequin. In addition, she co-authored historical novels with her sister, Mary, under the name Bronwyn Williams for Harlequin and Topaz. These books have been translated into dozens of languages and circulated worldwide. Several have been re-published as part of the Cape Hatteras Chronicles series.

Dixie was a well-known watercolorist and the first president of the NC Watercolor Society. Her watercolors, acrylics, and oil paintings are in collections across the US.

In addition to her passion for painting, Dixie loved music – from opera to folk and particularly bluegrass. While her arthritic fingers still worked, she performed in a bluegrass band, singing and playing guitar.

In 2016, North Carolina’s governor conferred on Dixie the state’s highest honor. She was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition of her exceptional accomplishments and contributions to her communities as well as the state.

Many will miss her artistic eye, her knowledge of Hatteras Island history, and her sense of humor. No one will miss her more than her daughter, Liz Browning Fox, her son and daughter-in-law, Lou and Linda Browning, and her grandchildren, Lee (Bernadette) and Greyson (Sebastian). She is also survived by two precious great-grandsons, River and Lando, a brother-in-law, Dennis, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dixie enthusiastically supported several Hatteras Island non-profits, including The Hatteras Island Food Pantry and other local projects managed by Hatteras Island United Methodist Men, Hatteras Island Meals, and Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to these and other Hatteras Island non-profit organizations.

A memorial celebration of her life and legacy will be announced at a future date this fall.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


(courtesy The Island Free Press)


WHATS HAPPENING IN NC DURING THE COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY TIME IN NORTH CAROLINA

(Battle of Alamance, A Precursor to the American Revolution: North Carolina Video Tour)



The NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has a wealth of information of places to see and historical information on this period. You can immerse yourself for days by clicking on this link:


CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

MARITIME CRAFTS FOR KIDS

MONDAYS

10:30-12:00

(education room)

Classes are free, open to the public, and all supplies are furnished. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



QUICK LINKS TO OUR MUSEUM

The Museum has launched an"Education Outreach" page on the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum's website.

The initiative lessons provide activities pertaining to the Civil War on the Outer Banks, World War II on the Outer Banks, shipwrecks of the Outer Banks, and piracy on the Outer Banks. The lessons are presented at both a 4th-grade level and an 8th-grade level, and there is also a vocabulary list to supplement the lessons.

All of the lesson plans are provided in PDF format and are very easy to print.


The study of maritime history is essential in learning global and national history. North Carolina's maritime history is rich with vital links to the first people, first colonists, piracy, first Union-won battle in the Civil War, first safe haven for Black

Americans

in North Carolina, Torpedo Junction and the war between Germany and allied forces during WWII, and the thousands of historic shipwrecks to study that lay off the coast.


CLICK HERE FOR OUR MUSEUM OUTREACH

REMOTE LEARNING FROM OUR MARITIME MUSEUMS IN BEAUFORT AND SOUTHPORT AND THE HISTORY MUSEUM IN RALEIGH AND THE STATE ARCHIVES

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NCMM AT BEAUFORT


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NCMM SOUTHPORT


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NC MUSEUM OF HISTORY RALEIGH


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NC MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NC ZOO


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NCDCR EDUCATION DATABASE


CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE NC STATE ARCHIVES


CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON NC HISTORIC SITES

WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS THE 4TH OF JULY - READING FREDERICK DOUGLAS TOGETHER

(video courtesy Regis College)

HILLSBOROUGH C0NVENTION FAILS TO RATIFY CONSTITUTION


(image courtesy UNC Library Chapel Hill)


On July 21, 1788, 270 delegates convened in Hillsborough for what would become a two-week debate on ratifying the national Constitution that had been drafted in Philadelphia in 1787. The Anti-Federalist delegates outnumbered their Federalist colleagues by a margin of two to one.

The Federalists wanted to strengthen the powers of the federal government to help the country keep from dissolving. They argued that the powers granted to the federal government in the Articles of Confederation were not sufficient. On the other side, the Anti-Federalists were suspicious of the federal government and did not want self-rule to come under fire from a government that could intrude on state and individual rights.

Knowing that they would likely lose, members of the Federalist minority brought a stenographer to the convention to record their arguments for publication in hopes of changing public opinion in the future. The debate resulted in the delegates voting 184 to 84 to neither ratify nor reject the Constitution, and North Carolina was not part of the Union until the 1789 Fayetteville Convention. One of the major reasons why North Carolina didn’t ratify the Constitution was the lack of Bill of Rights. 



(courtesy NCDCR)

JULY 1, 2024

Dear Friends,

We hope you will enjoy our Salty Dawgs lectures. They are free and at 11 am on the following July dates.

JULY 2

Maddie Roth, "Heritage and Climate Change on the North Carolina Coast"

Join East Carolina University PhD candidate Maddie Roth for an informal lecture on the impact of climate change. 

JULY 9

JR Shanty Co

It is always a fun time when JR Shanty perform traditional and original sea shanties




 

JULY 16

Danny Couch, "Hatteras Histories and Mysteries"

What did Alexander Hamilton, Pat Etheridge, Billy Mitchell, Sam Dosier, B.B. Dailey, John Rollinson and other Hatterasmen (and Hatteraswomen) do for Hatteras? They put it on the map! Check out old maps, artifacts, lore, mysteries, history, and old and loved stories.

JULY 23

Scott Dawson, "The Lost Colony"

Join Scott Dawson, author of The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island, for an informal lecture on what happened to members of "Lost Colony" at nearby Roanoke. Scott's book is available in our gift shop, The Meekins Chandlery.

CHILDREN'S CORNER

SEA TURTLES

HOPE 2020


(courtesy Green Tree Productions)


Sea turtles have survived on Earth for more than 100 million years, yet today their future hangs in the balance. In this comprehensive, expert-written guide, we cover everything you need to know about sea turtles. Most importantly, you’ll also learn all about sea turtle conservation issues and how you can help save sea turtles. From fun facts to the latest science, conservation issues, and frequently asked questions, we’ve got you covered!


CLICK HERE FOR A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON SEA TURTLES FROM SWOT


FOR INFORMATION ON OBX SEA TURTLES FROM THE NPS CLICK HERE

FROM THE GALLEY

CHILLED AVOCADO SOUP

This is such an easy and versatile recipe. It is also very adaptable with your choice of add on toppings. Delicious for hot summer days.

1 cup sour cream

2 large avocados, peeled & chopped

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

2 cups cold chicken or vegetable broth

salt & white pepper, to taste


Garnishes:

1 medium tomato, diced or 1/4 cup salsa

2 whole green onions, chopped

4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled.

3/4 cup shrimp or crabmeat


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine sour cream, avocados, lime juice and Tabasco; blend. Add broth and blend again. Taste, and add salt and pepper, as desired. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and chill until ready to serve.
  2. Spoon into bowls and garnish with tomato, green onion, bacon and seafood. Add as many of these as you like.



CLICK HERE FOR GREAT SUMMER READING

BOAT BUILDING ON THE OUTER BANKS

Native Americans building a canoe

Drawing made by John White on Roanoke Island in 1585

(image courtesy:

The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC – via the Outer Banks History Center)

“The way they build their boats is very wonderful. For although they lack any iron tools such as we use, they can make boats as good as ours. And these boats are seaworthy enough to take them sailing or fishing wherever they want to go.”

These are the observations of the artist John White on the boat-building prowess of the Native Americans who lived on Roanoke Island in 1585. Known as the Algonquian-speaking tribes, they were skilled in crafting dugout canoes from large trees using controlled burning and sharpened shells to scrape off bark and charred wood. The canoes were used for fishing, transportation, and trade along the coastal waterways of the Outer Banks.

Fast-forward about four centuries. Boat building is a thriving industry on the Outer Banks. Superior performance, groundbreaking design elements and high-quality finishings may be the dominant attributes, but the underlying theme has been the same for centuries – fishability, i.e., built for an enhanced fishing experience.


CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE BY BRIAN TRESS FOR THE OUTER BANKS VOICE

PATRIOTIC MOVIES

(video: 1776)

For many years, we have listed patriotic movies for the 4th of July in our newsletter. Many, like our family, love these traditional movies and continue to receive emails with suggestions and I hope you will continue to enjoy this tradition. Those with a star have violent portions and might not be appropriate for younger viewers.

1. Forrest Gump (1994)

2. Apollo 13 (1995)

3. Glory (1989) *

4. Miracle (2004)

5. A League of Their Own (1992)

6. Hidden Figures (2016)

7.Top Gun (1986)

8. Rocky Four (1986)

9. The American President (1995)

10. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

11. Independence Day (1996)

12. 1776 (1972)

13. Lincoln (1212)

14. Seabiscuit (2003)

15. Superman II (1980)

16. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

17. Gettysburg (1993)*

18. The Right Stuff (!983)

19. Harriett (2019)

20. National Treasure (2004)

21.John Adams (HBO miniseries) (2008)

22. Birth of A Nation (2016)

23. Argo (2012)

24. The Devil's Disciple (1959)

25. To Kill A Mockingbird 1962)

26. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

27.April Morning (1988)

28. The Patriot (2000)*

29. The Crossing (2000)

30. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)


JULY IS MILITARY HISTORY MONTH

"No one has done more to advance the cause of liberty than our veterans and those who are currently serving in the military. On a day when we celebrate our independence and our freedom, it's fitting that we would also remember the incredible sacrifices they have made. The fourth of July is a time for patriotism, and there are no greater patriots than those who have served in the armed forces. I wish you a happy, safe and fun Fourth of July. Enjoy the celebrations with friends, family and neighbors. But let's also remember why we celebrate. Let's remind ourselves that we must cherish and protect our freedoms. And let's remember to thank those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty." (courtesy former Congressman Tom Latham). July is Military History Month.

Please take time to remember them and North Carolina's rich military history.


JULY 4th ACTIVITIES ON HATTERAS, AVON AND OCRACOKE


HATTERAS

Annual Golf Cart Parade, July 4th to line up by 5:45 p.m. at Teach’s Lair Marina 

Hatteras Village free Community Cookout , Village Center, July 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The 11th Annual Golf Cart Parade on Hatteras is a must. What began with a meager 8 carts years ago has grown into a spectacular event! Come and see the carts decked out in all the Americana that can be mustered or deck one out yourself and join the fun. Whichever, you’re sure to enjoy this free, fun-filled, family friendly 4th of July event! Anyone can participate and with a little decorating imagination, the carts sport themes from patriotic to the ridiculous. The parade is fun for participants and viewers alike. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA72BABFBC16-july. Participants will need to be at Teach’s Lair Marina by 5:45 on July 4th to line up. Route begins at Teach’s, through the village.

Hatteras Village free Community Cookout for residents and visitors at the Village Center. Come by for burgers and dogs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Pick up and go or find a spot to sit and watch the parade. For more information visit Hatteras Village Facebook page.


AVON

Thursday, July 4 at 9 pm. at the Avon Fishing Pier, 41001 HWY 12, Avon

Rain date of July 5th. The 4th of July celebration will feature a collection of events which includes corresponding radio shows on the island’s local station, Radio Hatteras FM 101.5 and 99.9, and an incredible front row view of the fireworks display from the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.



OCRACOKE

Tuesday, July 2

7 pm: Pre-fireworks gathering Ocracoke Island deejay Tommy Hutcherson will spin dance tunes and patriotic songs at the NPS docks.

9:15 pm: Fireworks by Pyrotecnico will be launched from the large National Park Service parking area at the southern end of the island. The NPS parking lot will be closed at 5 pm July 1 through July 2.

Wednesday, July 3

3 to 6 p.m. Fundraising Fish Fry for the OPS. Island Inn Commons.

7 to 8:30 pm: Old fashioned Ocracoke Square Dance: in the Berkley Barn with Molasses Creek. Charge at the door: $5 for adults 13 and over.

Thursday, July 4

 9:30 am – Noon: 43rd Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at the NPS Lifeguard Beach.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ocracoke Lighthouse open.

4 pm: Independence Day Parade Theme: Old Tyme Ocracoke. All are welcome to enter the parade to vie for Best Walk & Roll, Best Wheels, Best Float, Best Theme and Best in Show. Sign up starts at 3 pm at Old Beach Road & Irvin Garrish Hwy. Lineup starts at 3:30 pm. Parade starts at Old Beach Road and ends at NPS docks. No throwing water; no political themes.

 5:30 pm: Awards presentation for Parade & Sculpture Contest winners; Books to Be Red stage, featuring the National Anthem played by Dallas Mason. BYO seating.

6 p.m. Fundraising cookout at the United Methodist Church

7 to 10 pm: Community Beach Fire under the Stars at the Ocracoke Day Use Area/NPS Lifeguard Beach. BYO beach blankets, chairs, marshmallows, and roasting sticks.




FOR EVENTS ON THE ENTIRE OUTER BANKS CLICK HERE



U 576

(video courtesy CBS Sunday Morning)

There are 19 recorded shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina in July.

Click on the following links to learn more about some of the more famous wrecks.



MV BLUEFIELDS


USS CHILORE


USS KESHENA


USS TIRU


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The history of Southport’s Fourth of July Festival celebration was first recorded in a newspaper in 1795.


At that time, the ship’s crew lying at anchor in the harbor would discharge salutes from their cannons beginning at daybreak and lasting throughout the day. Ships officers and town officials would share some companionship and toast the young nation’s independence during what was known as the “Festival of Free Men.”


The festival evolved over the ensuing years. By the 1950s, its name had been changed to the “Live Oak Festival,” and it was celebrated with parades, balls, and queens.


CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING


CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE EVENTS IN SOUTHPORT

JULY IS A TIME FOR CELEBRATION. DON'T LOOSE SIGHT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WE CAN LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA WITH THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT OUR STATE



EXPLORE SEVEN HISTORY MUSEUMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE


CLICK HERE FOR ACTIVITIES AT THE NC AQUARIUMS


FOR ACTIVITIES AT STATE HISTORIC SITES CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT OUR ZOO


CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES


FEELING THE NEED TO EXPLORE GREAT ART CLICK HERE

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