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OBX History Weekend - Searchers of New Horizons.
OBX History Weekend - Searchers of New Horizons.

With support from the Bryan Cultural Series the First Colony Foundation, Elizabeth R & Company, and the National Park Service - Outer Banks Group present:

March 30 -April 2

Various Venues

Reserve your Spot

The four-day Outer Banks History Weekend, Searchers of New Horizons, will host 23 presentations, specialized site tours, exhibits, living history episodes, and other entertainments happening from Wednesday, March 30, 2022, to Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Presentations include new information about Roanoke Colonist Thomas Harriot, English and Native views of the Carolina Algonquians, new discoveries about the fate of the fabled Lost Colony, and a new view on Sir Walter Raleigh. Sessions also include information on groundbreaking aviators including the Wright Brothers and their sister, Katharine; General Billy Mitchell; Amelia Earhart; Chuck Yeager; Francis Rogallo; and more.

Events and entertainments include:

Specialized Site Tours - Living history presenters and National Park Service ranger-guided tours at the Archaeological Grounds at Fort Raleigh, Billy Mitchell Airstrip in Frisco, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial featuring:

○ Willie Balderson as Anas Todkill, the Jamestown colonist sent to search for survivors of the ‘lost colony’

○ Nancy Avalon, the ever-popular Elizabethan lady, performs interactive songs and instrumentals of the time period

○ “The Spirit of Wilbur Wright Wright”

Symposium Sessions - 3 days of different presentations and group discussions led by internationally acclaimed historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Symposium sessions will be held at the Gazebo Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Thursday, March 30, Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. Visit for the full schedule.

Searchers of New Horizons Exhibition - Internationally recognized curator, Alexandra Klingelhofer, brings the paintings by John White, engravings of Theodor Debry with text by Thomas Harriot on 16th-century English & Native American viewpoints, and artifacts and displays on each of the individuals spotlighted in the symposium to the top floor of the Dare County Arts Council.

○ The event opens with a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 6 PM-8 PM.

○ The exhibition is open to the public and runs until Saturday, April 9, 2022, with costumed docents.

Questers Rendezvous - a dinner and show that salutes searchers, like Louis Armstrong, who came to the Outer Banks’ Nags Head Casion in search of a new musical sound that they called Jazz. Featuring the OBX Queen of Jazz, Laura Martier, and Manteo’s favorite opera singer, Tshombe Selby, with a live jazz band. Friday evening, April 1 from 6 PM - 10 PM.

○ Reservation and pre-pay by March 1st, 2022 is required

○ Hor d’oeuvres, dinner & performance concert

○ Cash bar for guests 21+

○ $50 per person - Sponsor tables of 10 available for $700 per table

○ Reservations can be made at

Aircraft Fly-Over - Saturday, April 2 (Weather Permitting).

Outer Banks History Weekend brings together some of the world’s top scholars on North American colonization and aviation to chronicle the establishment of Roanoke Island and the OBX as a site for innovation. Attendees have the opportunity to engage with experts as multiple interactive discussions and presentations

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The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages our endowment.

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