Symposium Schedule October 27 – 29, 2017



                    US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way,                                                                   Roanoke Island


RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED          www.firstcolonyfoundation/.org


9:00am–9:30-am—     WELCOME:  NPS Supt5. Dava Hallac, DCC           Chair Robert Woodard, Virtual Reality Tour Site X, ER & Co. Pres. Kathy Horne

9:30am—10:05am—   MR. BRENT LANE

                                                 The First Tech Venture?   Scientific Expertise and                                                       the Financing  of the Roanoke Colony

 10:05am—10:40am—  DR. BEVERLY STRAUBE

                                                  Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Packing for the                                                      New World

10:40am—11:00am— MORNING BREAK

11:00am—11:35am— DR. GABRIEL de AVILEZ ROCHA

                                                   Rethinking the Black Legend of ‘Simon

                                                   Fernandez’:   New Perspectives from the

                                                   Iberian Atlantic

11:35pm—12:10pm— DR. GUY PRENTICE

                                                   Castaways: Recognizing Lost Sixteenth Century                                                      Europeans  on America’s Atlantic Shores

 12:10pm—1:45pm—  LUNCH BREAK & FORT RALEIGH SITE                                                                TOURS   [options for lunch & events during the break; see pp. 3-4]

1:45pm—2:10pm—    MR. PETER BARBER, OBE, FRHistS

                                                John White’s Maps and Tudor Cartography

2:10pm—2:45pm—    DR. KIM SLOAN

                                                Paper Patches: An Analysis of La Virginea Pars                                                          map in the British Museum

2:45pm—3:05pm—    AFTERNOON BREAK

3:05pm—3:40pm—    DR. ERIC KLINGELHOFER

                                                 Images and Absences: Interpreting John White’s                                                      Picture-Maps.

 3:40pm—4:00pm—    MR. LANE, DR. STRAUBE, DR. ROCHA, DR.                                                        PRENTICE, MR. BARBER, DR. SLOAN, DR.                                                          KLINGELHOFER                               

                                                  FIRST COLONY AND MAP PANEL

                                                   Q/A   DISCUSSION





9:00am—9:35am—     MR. NICHOLAS LUCCKETTI

                                                Site X: The Prima Facie Evidence

 9:35am—10:10am—   MR. EDWARD CLAY SWINDELL

                                                The Pots John White Painted: Redefining                                                                     Colington Series Pottery

10:10am—10:30am— MORNING BREAK

10:30am—11:05am— DR. RANDOLPH TURNER, III

                                                  Searching for Skicoak: A Review of Historical and                                                   Archaeological Evidence                                                                                                       Related to the Chesepians, 1584-1586

 11:05am—11:40am— DR. KAREN KUPPERMAN

                                                   Native Knowledge in the Work of Thomas                                                                  Harriot and John White.

11:40am—1:40pm      LUNCH BREAK  [options for lunch & events                                                        during the break; see pp 3-4]

1:40pm—2:15pm—    DR. JAMES HORN

                                                “Into the Maine”… Why They Went West

 2:15pm—2:50pm—    MR. PHILLIP EVANS

                                               Lost Colony fables and fakes

 2:50pm—3:10pm—    AFTERNOON BREAK

3:10pm—3:30pm—    MR. LUCCKETTI, MR. SWINDELL, DR.                                                                   TURNER, DR. HORN, DR. KUPPERMAN,                                                             EVANS


3:30pm—3:40pm—    MR. PHILLIP EVANS                                                                                                          CONCLUDING REMARKS



The Lunch Break on Friday 27 October lasts 1 hour and 35 minutes.

The  Lunch Break ofn Saturday 28 October is 2 hours.

Events that occur during the Lunch Breaks——————Make Your Own Schedule:

Fort Raleigh Historic Zone–a guided tour of archaeological discovery sites, and a new dig underway. [Allow 15 minutes for re-location; 25 minutes for the Tour; 15 minutes for the return to USF&WL Visitor Center; and 40 minutes for lunch on Friday or 1 and 5 minutes on Saturday]

US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center—a screening of UNC-TV’s Science Now, a video of First Colony Foundation’s research. [Allow 20 minutes for the video; 1 and 15 minutes for lunch on Friday 27 October, or 1 and 40 minutes on Saturday 28 October]

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo—The Search for Elizabethan America—an exhibit of First Colony Foundation artifacts, Renaissance items and artisan reproductions; and also Interpreting The Elizabethans—an Elizabeth R & Company and NPS exhibit of Elizabethan theatrical costumes, sets, props, weaponry and Museum artifacts. [Allow 15 minutes for the drive to and parking in Manteo; 25 minutes to experience the double exhibit; 15 minutes for the return to US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center; and 40 minutes for lunch on Friday 28 Oct or 1 hour and 5 minutes on Saturday 28 October. A good chance to take advantage of Manteo eateries, and stroll in the quaint town.]

The exhibits are also open to view throughout the day: Friday 27 October, 10am-5pm; and Saturday 28 October 10am – 4pm.

Lunch Availability

MANTEO: There are numerous lunch eateries in downtown Manteo near the Dare County Arts Council, including—Poor Richard’s, Lost Colony Brewery Café, Hungry Pelican, Ortega’z, Hungry Pirate and Avenue Waterfront Grille.  Others restaurants close by on Highway 64 include–Darrell’s, Stripers, Big Al’s, La Dolce Vita, McDonalds, Subway, Top China and Shaddai. For a complete list google Manteo Restaurants.

BOX LUNCHES: The Symposium will deliver box lunches chosen from several menus of cold sandwiches and salads prepared by Manteo restaurants. Selection and Pre-payment required.  REQUEST MENUS



Pirates Cove Marina—Saturday, 28 October ONLY, depart Pirates Cove Marina for an unforgettable round-trip hour & a half sunset cruise to Fort Raleigh, following the water-route taken by Lost Colony Governor John White. Historical narrative en route.   $20 per person.  To book go to: Book: Roanoke Island Sunset Cruise and follow the instructions on site.

Dinner—Friday 27 October, 7:30pm—The symposium presenters will be dining at Blue Water Grill at Pirates Cove. We have been given a choice of 5 menus [salad & entrée] at $30 per person.  Want to join us? Tell the hostess you’re there as a part of OBX History Weekend and the management will give you the same rate we have.


AIR TOURS TO SITE X–Arrange your own schedule.

Charter flight tours from Dare County Airport on Roanoke Island to Site X are available on 26 and 27 October with Outer Banks Airlines.  The plane holds up to 5 passengers.  The cost for a one-hour customized tour is $465.

TO BOOK GO TO: and click Cost Estimates; select Customized Outer Banks Air Tour; fill in the form. You will be notified of availability and cost.  If availability and cost are acceptable to you, payment will be requested and your flight scheduled.  You must make your reservations by 19 October.



Mr. Peter Barber, OBE, FRHistS, now retired, is the former head of the British Library’s Map Collection and a renowned scholar of Tudor cartography. He is the author of two books, The Map Book and Magnificent Maps, which found broad audiences. His symposium topic is John White’s Maps and Tudor Cartography. 

Mr. Phillip W. Evans, currently an attorney, is a 17-year veteran of the National Park Service, having served as historian at Fort Raleigh for most of that time.  In that capacity he knew and worked with the premiere Roanoke Voyages historians and archaeologists in the world. He is one of the leading historians in the field and is President of First Colony Foundation. His topic for the symposium is Lost Colony Fables and Fakes.

Dr. James Horn, one of the leading historians in the study of the American colonies, is currently President and Chief Officer of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestown. His latest publication, A Kingdom Strange, focuses on the Roanoke Island settlements. For the symposium, his topic is Into the Maine: Why They Went West.

Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of History at Mercer University, is an expert in medieval archaeology and proto-colonial archaeology. His archival research, archaeological investigations and publications have been and are prolific—including numerous quests in Ireland, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. He is also a Vice President of Research for First Colony Foundation.  His symposium topic is Images and Absences: Interpreting John White’s Picture-Maps.

Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in the study of relations between Native Americans and early British colonials in the early Modern Atlantic World, is  Julius Silver Professor Emerita of History at New York University. Her symposium topic is Native Knowledge in the Work of Thomas Harriot and John White.

Mr. E. Brent Lane, an economics professor with a strong interest in and knowledge of the Roanoke colonies, is currently Director of the Carolina Center for Competitive Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was his probing questions that led to a scientific analysis of the Virginea Pars map. Approaching the study of the Roanoke ventures from a totally new point of view, his symposium presentation is entitled The First Tech Venture? Scientific Expertise and the Financing of the Roanoke Colony.

Mr. Nicholas M.  Luccketti specializes in early colonial archaeology in the Chesapeake area. He is the principal investigator/archaeologist and President of the James River Institute for Archaeology, and also a Vice President of Research with First Colony Foundation. His symposium topic is Site X: The Prima Facie Evidence.

Dr. Guy Prentice is Program Manager of the Region-wide Archaeological Survey Program at the National Park Service’s South Eastern Archaeological Center where he has spent a 40 + year career involved with archeological investigations in the Southeast ranging from 10,000 year old rock-shelters to the Civil War prison at Andersonville, Georgia, and many sites between.  His topic for the symposium is Castaways: Recognizing Lost Sixteenth Century Europeans on America’s Atlantic Shores.

Dr. Gabriel de Avilez Rocha, Assistant Professor of History at Drexel University has focused his interest on the Atlantic World and Colonial Studies. His recent research has led to new information about Governor John White’s nemesis, the irascible ship’s pilot Master Simon Fernandez. Dr. Rocha’s topic for the symposium is Rethinking the Black Legend of ‘Simon Fernandez’: New Perspectives from the Iberian Atlantic.

Dr. Kim Sloan, Curator of pre-1880 British Drawings and Watercolors at the British Museum, spearheaded the scientific analysis of the Virginea Pars map, revealing hidden symbols and images. She also mounted the most recent American tour of John White’s drawings in 2007 and authored the latest scholarly book on the gentleman-artist, A New World, England’s First View of America. Her symposium presentation is Paper Patches: An Analysis of La Virginea Pars map in the British Museum.

Dr. Beverly Straube, an expert in 16th– and 17th-century artifacts, and former senior archaeological curator for Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, is the Curator of First Colony Foundation. Her symposium topic is Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Packing for the New World.

Mr. Edward Clay Swindell is the recognized expert on the subject of Carolina Algonkians. Currently, he is the US Navy’s archaeologist for the eastern shore of the United States. His symposium topic is The Pots John White Painted: Redefining Colington Series Pottery.

Dr. Randolph Turner, III, former Senior Prehistoric Archaeologist for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, is an authority on Native Americans of the Chesapeake, and the author of Before and After Jamestown: Virginia’s Powhatans and Their Predecessors. His symposium topic is Searching for Skicoak: A Review of Historical and Archaeological Evidence Related to the Chesepians, 1584-1586.

 OBX History Weekend is presented by First Colony Foundation, the National Park Service, Elizabeth R & Company and the US Fish & Wildlife Services.

OBX History Weekend is sponsored and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, The Town of Manteo, The Outer Banks Community Foundation, Dare County Arts Council, Friends of the OBX History Center, Stan White Realty & Construction, Crystal Dawn Tours, Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar, Lost Colony Café and Towne Bank.

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