About the Project

Harm’s Way explores traditional community perspectives on hurricane response and recovery, bringing to life stories of resilience and adaptation, passed down from generations of storm-battered communities. 

Timeline Archive 

This digital timeline brings together old newspaper clippings, photography, personal accounts, publications and reports from the storms that have shaped eastern North Carolina since the late 1800s.  It will be a “work-in-progress” as community members continue to research their history and share their stories with us. If you have information to add to this archive, please contact the museum@coresound.com. 


Harm's Way is a joint project with Long Island Traditions, an organization that "documents and preserves Long Island's contemporary maritime and farming culture through the region" of Long Island (NY), where communities are documenting their own storm stories, in particular their response and recovery from Super Hurricane Sandy.  From Super Storm Sandy in the Northeast to Isabel along the North Carolina coast, these parallel exhibitions will compare and contrast traditional communities in both regions, exploring common practices, shared attitudes and cultural resilience in the face of these natural processes. 

Response, Recovery, Resilience



Our thanks to the sponsoring agencies and all the volunteers whose many hours of work have made this exhibition and archive possible.  

Jay Barnes, Shannon Adams, Lillie Chadwick Miller, Joel Hancock, Anna Inscoe, Dave Inscoe, Glenda Duncklee, Karen Lynch, Joanne McCarthy, Deb Brushwood, Teresa Everett, Barbara Garrity-Blake, Susan West, Cheryl Burke, Dylan Ray, Daniel Pullen, Allan Casavant, Barbara Lewis Styron, Michelle Nolin, Ed Pond, Mike Halminski, Philip Howard, Andrea Powers, Ocracoke Preservation Society, Joanne Powell, Jimmy Amspacher, Tommy Lewis, Lauren Salter, Michael Laca, Nancy Solomon, Hazel Parrish, Grace Littleton, Ryan Stancil, Baxter Miller and  all who have shared their stories over the years.

Carteret Newstimes, Carteret County Library, Outer Banks History Center, Ocracoke Observer, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Island Free Press, State Archives of North Carolina, State Library of North Carolina, Library of Congress: Chronicling America, Beaufort News, Outer Banks Community Foundation, Beaufort Food & Wine, Emily Monk Davidson Foundation, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, The Mailboat, The RENCI Engagement Center at East Carolina University, WRAL-TV, FEMA, US Geological Survey, National Weather Service, Hurricane Track – Mark Suddreth, NOAA, North Carolina Sea Grant, American Red Cross, NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Services (NESDIS), Tropmet, Associated Press, Harkers Island Fire Department, and others.

Graphics:  Hillary Hoggard

Coastal Voices:  Barbara Garrity-Blake, Susan West

Exhibition Coordination:  Pam Morris, Karen Amspacher