Headen-Norris House

The Headen-Norris House at 806 Arendell St. in Morehead City is home to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s store while the building on Harkers Island undergoes repairs for damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Museum organizers have plans to make use of the porch at this temporary site with a series of Core Sound Porch Talks, including one planned for Thursday, July 4, when historian Bob Guthrie will talk about the history of the Headen-Norris House. (Contributed photo)

To prepare for a busy summertime in Morehead City, organizers with the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center have scheduled a series of Core Sound Porch Talks, among other activities.

The events will take place at the Morehead City store, 806 Arendell St., with a full week of activities.

Monday will feature artists and crafts. Quilters will take the stage Tuesday, while carvers will discuss their trade Thursday. Porch Talks are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday and children’s programs are at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

“806 has truly become our ‘home away from home’ with a wonderful porch to visit, teach, read and enjoy the breeze,” Karen Amspacher, the museum’s executive director, said in an email. “We are hoping everyone who visits us this summer will catch a glimpse of the good work the museum does and make a special effort to follow our progress and come to ‘the end of the road’ this fall as we begin putting our museum back together.”

The Core Sound Porch Talks start Thursday and will be held at 2 p.m. each week, unless otherwise noted, through Labor Day.

Listed is the schedule for the Core Sound Porch Talks.

May 30

Susan Schmidt, author, will read from her book Let Go or Hold Fast.

June 6

Rodney Kemp, storyteller and “Carteret County’s favorite historian,” will discuss downtown Morehead City’s history.

June 13

Joanne Powell, retired educator at the N.C. Maritime Museum, will discuss local nature trails and what you might see.


June 20

Jeff West, superintendent at Cape Lookout National Seashore, will discuss what’s happening at the Cape.

 June 27

Ernie Foster, captain of the Albatross Fleet in Hatteras, will discuss Hatteras and the Down East boatbuilding connections.


July 4

Bob Guthrie, Morehead City historian, will discuss the history of the Headen-Norris House, which is currently serving as the museum’s Morehead City location.

July 11

Carolyn Mason, founding president of the Foundation of Shackleford Horses, and Dr. Sue Stuska, with Cape Lookout National Seashore, will discuss the Shackleford horses, their history and their meaning.


July 18

Connie Mason, historian and musician will present a program at 3 p.m. The topic will be announced.


July 25

Andrea Powers, director of Ocracoke Preservation Society, will discuss this Summer on Ocracoke.

Aug. 1

Ms. Mason will present a program at 3 p.m. The topic will be announced.

Aug. 8

Steve Goodwin and Barbara Blake, researchers and authors for the menhaden industry, will discuss menhaden history in Carteret County.


Aug. 15

Mr. Kemp, Mr. Guthrie, Shannon Adams and others descendants of Diamond City will discuss the upcoming event Diamond City Homecoming, which will be held at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island Saturday, Aug. 17.


Aug. 22

Frank Tursi, founding editor of Coastal Review Online, will discuss “Change and What It Means.”


Aug. 29

Paul Hosier, author and scientist, will discuss “Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas.”

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