Friday, June 23, 2023 at 6:00 PM EDT
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Keith Hayes
Friends of the CSS Neuse Museum 
252-526-9600, ext. 222 

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Naval History in the Age of Sail and Steam Symposium 

Join the Friends of the CSS Neuse Museum for our Naval History in the Age of Sail and Steam Symposium in June 2023!

This conference will be held here in Kinston on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24. Friday evening we will have a dinner and keynote speaker, Hampton Newsome, at the CSS Neuse Museum. The program on Saturday will be held in Briley Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir Community College.
Ticket prices:

$50- Full registration
$35- Friday night only
$30- Saturday only
The deadline to register is June 10th!
Symposium Schedule
Friday, June 23
5:15 pm-6:00 pm- Check-in and Explore the CSS Neuse Museum
6:00-6:45 pm - Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm - The Battle of Plymouth and the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina, Spring 1864 -Hampton Newsome
Saturday, June 24
8:00-8:45 am - Check-in at the CSS Neuse Museum
8:45-9:00 am- Welcome and Introduction-Keith Hayes and Matthew Young
9:00-9:45 am - The Spanish Attacks on Brunswick Town and Beaufort in the War of Jenkins Ear, 1741 - Jim McKee
10:00-10:45 am - HMS Cruizer and British Naval Activity in the Lower Cape Fear Region, 1775-1776 - Stephen Atkinson
11:00-11:45 am - The War of 1812 on the Waters of North Carolina - Jim Greathouse
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch on your own (list of local restaurants provided at check in)
1:45-2:00 pm-Welcome and Introduction for Afternoon Speakers- Andrew Duppstadt
2:00-2:45 pm - “It is the Most Grand, Sublime Scene I Ever Could Think of Seeing:” The Letters of Sidney Stockbridge Office, USS Pawtuxet. 1864-1865 - Becky Sawyer
3:00-3:45 pm – The Exploits of US Naval Officer William B. Cushing - Dr. Chris Fonvielle
4:00 pm - Program Ends
Book Sales: Books by some of our speakers and other authors will be available for sale in the lobby throughout the day. If you have any questions, please contact Keith at