Washington museum hosts presentations, membership meeting

Published 6:38 pm Friday, October 21, 2016


From the Historic Port of Washington Museum Project


The Historic Port of Washington Museum Project will be holding its first-annual general membership meeting this coming Wednesday in the exhibit hall of the historic Turnage Theatre from 7-9 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A cash bar will be available, and a sneak preview of the recent donation of Fowle/Morton estate artifacts will be on hand. We are looking for people interested in helping us with our mission through volunteering, donating/lending artifacts and through financial contributions.

The Historic Port of Washington Museum Project has ended its second year of operation as a nonprofit affiliate of the Arts of Pamlico. Since its founding in 2014, HPOW has opened a museum project space at 132 S. Market St., greeted over 700 visitors, hosted dozens of events such as lectures, exhibits, outdoor events, logged over 3,000 volunteer man-hours and introduced many topics on local history to the broader community.

At 8 p.m., following the membership meeting, be prepared to enjoy presentations by our guest speakers, Jim McCurdy and Steve Brodie.

McCurdy retired from active duty in the U.S. Navy after more than 22 years of enlisted service as a Senior Chief radioman. An impressive ship modeler, McCurdy devoted numerous hours as a docent at the Newport News Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia, where he maintained a ship-model workshop. He plans to speak on the topic of “Historic Ship Modeling.”

Brodie, the managing owner of Pacific Seacraft, worked as a marine archeologist and had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most famous shipwrecks. It was during that time that he became intrigued with ship design and enamored with the designs of William Crealock NA., the designer of several Pacific Seacraft boats. Mr. Brodie will share his knowledge of the marine industry with his presentation titled “Modern Boatbuilding in Eastern Carolina.”

Please join us as we review this past year and plan for the future.

For more information, please visit our website www.hpow.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/historicportofwashington.