OBX History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons – Symposium & Entertainments

PLEASE NOTE: The original event dates of November 3rd – November 6th were postponed to March 30th – April 2nd, 2022. If you’ve previously signed up for the November symposium our team will be in contact with you!

OBX History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons Symposium & Entertainments, March 30th - April 2nd, 2022. Reserve your Spot!

OBX History Weekend returns March 30th through April 2nd, 2022. The theme for this year’s free, interactive, public-oriented symposium is Searchers of New Horizons. The weekend celebrates the questors, inventors, dreamers, and pioneers whose paths included the Outer Banks.

Presentations include new information about Roanoke Colonist Thomas Harriot and his remarkable discoveries; English and Native views of the Carolina Algonquians; new discoveries about the fate of the fabled Lost Colony; a new view of Sir Walter Raleigh; and groundbreaking aviators including the Wright Brothers and Sister, General Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Francis Rogallo, and more.

Reserve Your Spot For OBX History Weekend 2022

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Events & Entertainments

  • 23 Presenters and Other Events Happening All Weekend Long including:


    • Symposium Sessions—3 days of different presentations and group discussions led by internationally acclaimed historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Most symposium sessions will be held at the Gazebo Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.


    • Specialized Site Tours—Archaeological Dig & Grounds at Fort Raleigh; Billy Mitchell Airstrip in Frisco; Wright Brothers Memorial; as scheduled. S0me tours include living history entertainment. No reservation necessary.


    • Searchers of New Horizons Exhibition—Historic artifacts and art exhibit at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. The exhibition focuses on the paintings of John White, engravings of Theodor DeBry—with text by Thomas Harriot–double points of view—16th-century English & Native American artifacts & displays focused on each of the individuals spotlighted in the symposium including Wright Brothers and Sister, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Francis Rogallo, and General Billy Mitchell; opens with wine & cheese reception on Thursday, March 31st, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and runs Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays 10 am to 4:pm through April 9th, 2022; costumed docents will be on-site. Internationally recognized curator Alexandra Klingelhofer is at the helm. No reservation necessary.


      • ScreeningThe Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell [1955] on April 1st, 2022, as scheduled.


    • One-Man Show—Anas Todkill, Searching for the Lost Colony, starring Willie Balderson. At Fort Raleigh, on Saturday, as scheduled between 10 am and 4 pm. No reservation necessary.


    • Questors Rendezvousa Musical production celebrating Jazz played at the Nags Head Casino—featuring a combination of music from the time periods of the featured Searchers and light jazz; Laura Martier, singers, actors portraying the featured symposium questors, and live band. The entertainment is free, but reservations are required. (Dinner & drinks are available at the individual’s own expense, by reservation and pre-pay only.)


    • Aircraft Fly-Over— Saturday, April 2nd, as scheduled, weather permitting. No reservations required.


Event Producers and Sponsors

Outer Banks History Weekend: Searchers of New Horizons Symposium and Entertainments event sponsors, producers, and hosts.

Outer Banks History Weekend is produced by The First Colony Foundation, Elizabeth R & Company, and The National Park Service – Outer Banks Group.

The Searchers of New Horizons Exhibition is hosted by the Dare County Arts Council.

Primary Sponsors: The Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Bryan Cultural Series, Outer Banks Community Foundation, Stan White Rentals and Construction, and The North Carolina Humanities Council.

Symposium historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists making presentations at the Symposium include: Karen Kupperman, Robert Fox, Steven Clucas, Alan Gallay, Karin Amundsen, Robyn Arianrhod, Carter Hudgins, Phil Evans, M.B. Pritchard, Robert Anthony Jr., Christian Feest, Duncan James, Eric Klingelhofer, Helen Rountree, Clay Swindell, Nick Luccketti, Eric Deetz, Brent Lane, Doug Lantry, Tom Crouch, Darrell Collins, and more.