Kick-off the year 2020 with an engaging lecture on Outer Banks history at the Coastal Studies Institute at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, 2020. The lecture, entitled “Circa 1903: North Carolina’s Outer Banks at the Dawn of Flight”, will feature a presentation from Dr. Larry Tise, former director of the N. C. Division of Archives and History and the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University from 2000 to 2015. Dr. Tise will be discussing the content of his newly published book, Circa 1903. Circa 1903 illuminates this forgotten barrier island world as it existed when the Wright brothers arrived. In his book, Dr. Tise shows that while the banks seemed remote, its maritime communities huddled near lighthouses and lifesaving stations and its busy fisheries were linked to the mainland, offering precisely the resources needed by the Wrights as they invented flight. 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.