SOUTHPORT – The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport received $15,000 from Progress Energy during a check presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Progress Energy’s donation will be used to help support the Museum’s general operations, to include its outreach and education efforts.
“This gift will enable the Museum to increase its comprehensive educational and diverse hands-on learning programs and service to many school children, as well as life-long learners,” said Maryanne Friend, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Assistant Secretary. “Private support such as this is more important than ever, and we applaud the generosity of Progress Energy and its commitment to the community.”
The donation comes one month after the Museum reopened at a new facility on the grounds of Fort Johnston.
The Museum closed in early January, to begin packing and cataloging artifacts for the move from the North Howe Street building to the fort barracks buildings.
“For us, it’s important to demonstrate that we care about the communities where we live,” said Ed Wills, Director of Site Operations at Progress Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant. “This area is rich in history and the preservation of that history is vital.”
The Museum opened on Howe Street in 1992, and became part of the state Maritime Museums in 2000. Exhibits focus on the maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear region, pirates, Civil War naval battles, and coastal culture.
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit, www.ncmaritimemuseums.com or call (910) 457-0003.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is located at 204 E. Moore St. The three North Carolina Maritime Museums are the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.