Wilmington, NC – December 21, 2020 – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA has launched Discover the Showboat: A City at Sea, a collection of video tours presented by program volunteers.

Discover the Showboat logo“In these videos enjoy the compartments, equipment, documents and photographs and hear the stories of the young men who called NORTH CAROLINA home,” said creator and producer Kim Sincox, Museum Services Director. The series begins with volunteer Lori Spencer in the Butcher Shop.

The first video can be seen at www.BattleshipNC.com/discover-the-showboat. Others will be added as the series expands.

In 2020, the Battleship received a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council to support online programs. Funding for NC CARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

In addition to these videos, the grant also supports the Meet the Showboat series of live online presentations and The Showboat Podcast.

Meet the Showboat consists of seven virtual sessions presented through Zoom, each of which lasts 30-45 minutes followed by time to engage with the presenter. The programs — starting January 9 on topics including the Ship’s history, daily life and more — are free, but online registration is required. Details and a link to register are at www.BattleshipNC.com/meet-the-showboat.

The Showboat Podcast launched in October and released its second episode, “Ship Shape,” earlier this month. The podcast can be heard at www.BattleshipNC.com/the-showboat-podcast or by searching for Showboat on popular podcast apps such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.

About the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported, and relies primarily on admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, rentals, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River, the Battleship is open daily. Visit www.BattleshipNC.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55, Twitter.com/battleshipnc and Instagram.com/battleshipnc for more information. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a historic site within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

About the North Carolina Humanities Council

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Humanities Council supports through grants and public programs vital conversations that nurture the cultures and heritage of North Carolina. Learn more about the work of the North Carolina Humanities Council at www.nchumanities.org. Also on Facebook and Twitter.

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