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Prior Engagement Saves Some Costumes From Manteo Fire

Posted September 13, 2007
Updated September 14, 2007

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— Several costumes used in the play "The Lost Colony" were spared from a recent Dare County fire because they were in a museum exhibit in Raleigh.

Officials said 80 percent of the costumes used in the play were destroyed Monday after a fire at the Irene Rains Costume Shop in Manteo. The other costumes used in the play were either being dry-cleaned or being used for the "Mysteries of the Lost Colony" exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.

The exhibit , which opens Oct. 20, will feature nine costumes and some of the set pieces, including the original sword used by Andy Griffith when he played Sir Walter Raleigh in the play.

"To be able to help salvage a few pieces of history is very important to us, particularly us as historians and curators," said museum curator Jeanne Marie Warzeski.

Museum officials said they are considering some way to pay tribute to historic costumes lost in the fire.


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  • angora2 Sep 14, 2007

    "Seems like the historic lost costumes were stored in a wooden shed with no fire protection. Why is that?"

    They have very little money. Never have had a decent budget. This is a good opportunity for you to make a difference. Buy them a fireproof structure!

  • Lookelou Sep 13, 2007

    Seems like the historic lost costumes were stored in a wooden shed with no fire protection. Why is that?

  • NC is my home Sep 13, 2007

    We are always thankful to the NC Museum of History for working so hard at keeping our cultural memoirs. This is just another example of their preserving our heritage. The upcoming exhibit with the John White drawings (I believe the first time ever on display in America) is more precious now. I hope everyone goes to see it.