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July 2015

The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate

July 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC 27545 United States
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What happened during Blackbeard’s last days that precipitated his demise? Who, truly, was Edward Teach? What was his true name? And where may he have hidden his treasure? These and more questions will be answered. For details, click here.

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From a Fire on the Beach to a Diamond in the Sky: The Evolution of Lighthouses & Lightkeeping in NC

July 15, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 United States
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Using historic photographs, drawings and maps, we learn about North Carolina’s rich heritage of guiding mariners, a tradition which surprisingly began nearly five centuries ago.

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War Zone: World War II off NC’s Outer Banks

July 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605 United States
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Learn the facts behind decades-old urban legends of German spies, sympathizers, and saboteurs. It is a story of faith, courage, and determination as well as infamy, irony, and innocence.

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How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks

July 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive
Cary, NC 27519 United States
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Share in the memories of the last living lighthouse keeper on the Outer Banks, the descendants of lifesavers, residents who played on shipwrecks as children, and one well-known historian who used to dance on the deck of a wrecked vessel.

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Solving the Mystery of the “Lost Light”

July 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive
Apex, NC 27502 United States
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Learn how the long-standing mystery of the missing lens from the 1803 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a “national treasure” lost for 140 years, was solved, as well as discover the fate of many of the South’s lighthouses during the Civil War.

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March 2016

Solving Historical Mysteries—Research, Analysis, and Non-Fiction Writing

March 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Historic Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street
Washington, 27889
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Kevin Duffus will be speaking on writing historical non-fiction at the 2016 Pamlico Writers Conference. Few things for a researcher are more rewarding than solving historical mysteries and rewriting history. In a span of ten years, Kevin Duffus has solved the mystery of the lost Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens and rescued from the mists of time the most important and historic lighthouse artifact in America. He cracked the riddle of the identity of the pirate Blackbeard’s mythical sister Susannah, explained…

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