Coastal Voices and Oral History

coastal voicesCoastal Voices will meet Tuesday, January 20, 2 pm to 4 pm, at Beacon Place at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center Ecology Park in Hatteras Village at milepost 71.


Folks interested in oral history and in the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks are invited to attend. 

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Coastal Voices co-manager Barbara Garrity- Blake will review oral history interviewing, recording and editing techniques.   


The agenda also includes an update on the Coastal Voices: Linking Generations project funded by the Outer Banks Community Foundation that supports digitization of older oral history recordings on loan from the Outer Banks History Center and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group. 


Coastal Voices welcomes new volunteers.  In addition to interviewing, volunteers edit audio recordings, create audio slideshows, provide new and historic photographs, transcribe interviews, update the website, and produce radio programs.


The next Coastal Voices broadcast on Radio Hatteras (99.9 and 101.5 FM) is 7 pm, Tuesday, January 20.   The January broadcast includes stories about Wanchese Fish Company, surfing life at The Beacon in 1971, steaming around Diamond Shoals, surf fishing in the 1970s, landing a commercial fishing job on Ocracoke, Our Lady of the Seas Church, building pound nets, and sea beans.  The stories are told by Micah Daniels, Beverly Bull, Shannon Dunn, George Pratt, Theresa Ray, Sharon Peele Kennedy, Gail Quidley Scarborough, and Carroll Midgett.


Coastal Voices will hold a community gathering Sunday, January 18, 2 to 4 pm, at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.  The agenda includes a review of the work unfolding from Promise Land to Hatteras Island and brainstorming project themes and events for 2015.


More information about Coastal Voices is available at or by contacting Susan West at or 252-995-4131.


Coastal Voices is an oral history project about the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks and Down East region of coastal North Carolina.  As coastal North Carolina undergoes rapid change, residents want to ensure that their community’s legacy of resiliency and strength is documented for future generations.