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Author Set to Discuss Outer Banks History

Larry Tise be discussing his newly published book, “Circa 1903” during the next Science on the Sound lecture Jan. 23 at Coastal Studies Institute. Graphic: CSI

Larry Tise, adjunct research professor in the department of history at East Carolina University, will give a new take on the Outer Banks as they existed when the Wright brothers arrived at the turn of the 20th century, the topic of his newly polished book, “Circa 1903.”

The discussion set for 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at Coastal Studies Institute ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese is part of the Science on the Sound lecture series held monthly.

Tise delves into the lives of those who called the seemingly remote barrier islands home when the Wrights invited flight in the early 1900s.

“His book offers fresh light on the life, culture, and environment of the Carolina coast at the opening of the twentieth century, an era marked by transportation revolutions and naked racial divisions. Tise subtly displays how unexplored photographs reveal these dramatic changes, transforming how we’ve thought of the Outer Banks for more than a century,” according to the university.

A native of North Carolina, Tise has two degrees from Duke University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is the former director of the state Division of Archives and History and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University from 2000 to 2015.

The program will also be streamed live on the Coastal Studies Institute YouTube channel.

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