Outer Banks History Center welcomes new curator, manager

By on August 12, 2017

Samantha Crisp.

The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo has a new curator and site manager, Samantha Crisp, who began work Aug. 1. The history center is a regional archives and research library administered by the North Carolina State Archives.

Crisp is a native of Swain County in western North Carolina and has returned to her home state from a position at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where for the past three years she was the special collections librarian for the Thomas Tredway Library.

Crisp has focused her profession and given presentations on reference, access and outreach for archives and special collections, particularly related to teaching with primary sources. She previously held positions in archival processing at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.


The holdings of The Outer Banks History Center document the history, development, and growth of the eastern region of North Carolina, with a special emphasis on the coast. In 1986, David Stick, Outer Banks historian and writer, donated his lifetime collection of documents and photos to the State of North Carolina under an agreement that led to the creation of the Center.

Since then, the collection as grown significantly as others have contributed personal and organizational collections. Each year the Center staff responds to thousands of research requests from the public, scholars, writers, historians, journalists, genealogists, and national broadcast media.

Crisp completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating magna cum laude in history and music. She went on to complete a Master of Science degree in library science, also at UNC-CH, specializing in archives and records management.

“Ms. Crisp’s educational achievements and prior work experience make her extremely well-qualified for her new appointment, and we look forward to working with her in a mutually beneficial partnership,” said Dr. Lewis Forrest, chairman of the board of the nonprofit Friends of the Outer Banks History Center.

The staff and friends of the Outer Banks History Center encourage members of the community to drop by the Center, at 1 Festival Park in Manteo, to welcome Crisp to the community and check out the programs and services of the Center.


“The Outer Banks History Center belongs to all of us who are citizens of this great state,” Forrest said. He also invites anyone interested in the history of North Carolina (and beyond) to join the Friends organization and participate in supporting the important work of the Outer Banks History Center.

For more information, call (252) 473-2655 or follow the Center’s Facebook page for current events.


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