Friends of the Museum

Mission Statement:
The purpose of the corporation of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport are as follows: to develop, encourage, and promote public awareness of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; to serve as a philanthropic organization for the support of the resources, programs and facilities of the NCMM at Southport; to render assistance as requested by the Museum; and, to acquire, hold, sell, convey, dispose, and administer real and personal estate and do any all things in furtherance of these purposes as permitted under Chapter 55A of the General Statues of North Carolina. The powers to be exercised and the purposes for which the corporation is formed shall be restricted to those allowable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Upcoming Events

Sunset on the River

When: Friday, May 10th 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: Garrison Lawn
Cost: FREE

Join the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for a Sunset on the River fundraising event! Local area leading band, Mike’s Garage Band, will wrap up their farewell tour at this event. Bring your own lawn chair, picnic basket and dancing shoes for a fun evening on the Garrison Lawn!

Every dollar donated or collected will go to support the NC Maritime Museum at Southport which although State sponsored, receives minimal operating funds beyond salaries. The Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport raise money to maintain the facility and to expand programs and resources.  Proceeds from this event will also assist with damage from Hurricane Florence.

Items to bid on!
– Trunk of Grog
– Trunk of Wine
– Treasures of the Cape Fear
– Thalian Hall tickets and tour

Sponsorships still available!
Call 910.612.3279 or email for more information

Moore St. Market will be offering special “To Go Dinners” during the event

Board Members

  • B. Wayne Strickland, Chairman
  • Linda Pukenas, Vice Chairman
  • Wayne Berry, Treasurer
  • Jim Carey, Recording Secretary
  • Morgan Harper, Board Member
  • Irene Joseph, Board Member
  • Donnie Joyner, Board Member
  • Carol Midgett, Board Member
  • Hank Whitley, Board Member
  • Claire McNaught, Board Member
  • Bill Howell, Board Member
  • Tom Hale, Board Member
Southport Wooden Boat Show Board presenting donation to the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport.
L-R: Lori Sanderlin, Linda Pukenas, Hank Whitley, Wayne Strickland, Becky Felton, Katy Menne, Chris Schnell, Claire McNaught, Carol Midgett, Frank Clark, Lee Maxwell, Kristan Phillips, Donnie Joyner

From the Chairman

Don’t Blink!

So many changes are happening at the museum that we often say, “don’t blink!” This, of course, is a good statement.  As the museum evolves and changes exhibits and interpretation, more visitors arrive, school groups travel to the museum, and the curator of education has more and more outreach opportunities throughout the Lower Cape Fear.

The Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport is also evolving and changing.  We have created a new Long-Range Planning Committee and a Media/Communications Committee to look ahead at what we can do to help the museum and to grow as a support group.  We have fundraisers planned for the spring and fall, so look for more information as details unfold.

This May, the museum opens its newest exhibit “The Sea Shall Not Have Them,” which interprets the Life-Saving Service, the Cutter Service, and the Lighthouse Service in our area that formed the United States Coast Guard.  Thanks to many local donors, like April Potter, and entities that loaned artifacts such as Old Baldy and Smith’s Island Museum, the US Navy, and the US Coast Guard Station Oak Island for making this exhibit possible.    

This October we commemorate the 65th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel.  There are several programs available to help you prepare for hurricane season, learn the history of the 12 most devastating storms, and what to do in the aftermath.  Be sure to pick up a 2019 Calendar to stay up to day, because, as we said, “Don’t blink,” you will miss something great!

See You in Southport,
B. Wayne Strickland
FOM Chairman

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