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Phone Number

(910) 477-5151

General Inquiry

General Inquiry

Staff Directory

NCMM System

Joseph K. Schwarzer II


NCMM System

David Bennett

Curator of Maritime History

(252) 504-7756

NCMM System

Cyndi Brown

Public Relations Coordinator

(252) 504-7744

Museum Manager

Lori Sanderlin

Museum Manager

(910) 477-5152

Education Department

Katy Menne

Curator of Education

(910) 477-5153

Visitor Services

Position vacant

Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator/Museum Store Manager

(910) 477-5151

Friends of the Museum

Bob Springle


(910) 477-5154

Friends of the Museum

Tom Hale


(410) 375 – 0856

Meet the Staff!

Lori Sanderlin


Lori Sanderlin, Museum Manager

Wilmington native, Lori has worked in the museum field since 1999. In 2007, she started with the Maritime Museum System in Beaufort and then returned home to work as the Curator of Education for six years in Southport. She accepted the position as Museum Manager in 2018. Lori earned her BA in History from University of North Carolina t Wilmington and a Masters in Maritime and Naval Studies from state University New York Maritime College. she has also gained her Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

Research interests include…
– Civil War: Lower Cape Fear, Politics of Command and Social History
– Turn of the 20th Century History
– World War II Social and Political History
– Funerary practices and culture

Katy Menne


Katy Menne, Curator of Education

Growing up in a military family, Katy has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, however, she calls California home. She earned her BA in History and Masters in Teaching Secondary Social Studies at the University of South Carolina. Katy has been teaching in formal and informal settings since 2011. She joined the museum in 2018 as the Curator of Education.

Research interests include…
– World War II: German tactics, Russian involvement, Pacific theater
– 1960s: Music and media influence, Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidency and family dynamics of the Kennedy’s
– US Life-Saving Service
– Lighthouses
– Military History