Museum of the Albemarle History for Lunch: Lake Phelps canoes, their history and preservation

Museum of the Albemarle History for Lunch: Lake Phelps canoes, their history and preservation

November 8th, 2023

The Museum of the Albemarle will host the monthly History for Lunch on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium.

Kimberly Kenyon, head conservator for the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville, is overseeing the re-conservation of three dugout canoes excavated from Lake Phelps in the late 1980s.

Kenyon will share the history of Native American activity around Lake Phelps, the discovery of dozens of canoes in the lake, and initial conservation measures taken for those recovered.

She also will discuss the renewed efforts to stabilize the canoes so that they are preserved for generations to come.

The Museum will offer the History for Lunch in-person and through Zoom. To attend the lecture virtually, register in advance by clicking here to receive the link.

The virtual program is supported by Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and State Holidays.

Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Natural and 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 is available 24/7 at

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