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The Allure of Lake Mattamuskeet: Marvelous Migratory Residents of the Region and the Rachel Carson Connection
January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Have you ever been to Lake Mattamuskeet in the winter to see the tundra swans and snow geese? Historian David Celcelski will speak about this important overwintering wildlife habitat, the year he spent living by the shores of the lake, and writer Rachel Carson’s important connection to Lake Mattamuskeet. She visited the area just after World War II, when she worked for US Fish and Wildlife Service and wrote about the area 15 years before she publishing her most famous work, Silent Spring.
David Cecelski has written several award-winning books and hundreds of articles about history, culture and politics of the NC coast. His most recent book is The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War (UNC Press, 2012). He divides his time between two places he loves deeply: Durham, North Carolina, and his family’s homeplace in Carteret County. His writing focuses passionately on telling stories from his little corner of the world that illuminates American history more broadly. Dr. Cecelski was recently the co-recipient (with Tim Tyson) of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association’s Crittenten Award for lifetime achievement.