a combined 13 years in historic interpretation... at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse


And another secret irony is that the two stories are intricately connected -the Editor

"There are two GREAT stories in North Carolina Outer Banks history: The Life-Saving Service and the Wright brothers" Charlet says, "and, ironically, these may be the two that the least is actually known about by the average person.  That is exactly why it is SO much fun for me to present these to audiences and watch them react and ask so many wonderful questions."

James Charlet

has been involved with the               Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site &  Museum for 21 years and was the Site Manager of the Historic Site for 10 of those years. In all that time, he learned a thing or two about the subject.  His favorite parts of that “labor of love’ was talking to and with literally thousands of visitors from all over America and the world.  He also did  many hundreds of formal, group presentations on and off-site.


His previous professional experiences were

  • 24 years teaching North Carolina history,

... and the Wright Brothers National Memorial

and Roanoke Island Festival Park; a writer, published author and public speaker. He says those jobs “have all been to prepare me for this exact position, that is, being Keeper James and spreading the word about this incredible history!”  The best thing about his dramatic stories is that they are all true.


 Keeper James Log Book: PRESENTATIONS

Westminster Village, Mobile , AL  2003, 04, 05


Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill, NC  2005


First Flight Gala, Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC  2006


Kiwanis Club, Nags Head, NC  2006


“Best of ‘Our State’,” Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC  2007


North Beach Rotary Club, Kill Devil Hills, NC   2007


Portsmouth Island Homecoming, Portsmouth Isl., NC   2008


NC Transportation Hall of Fame, Rocky Mount, NC  2012


Memorial Day, Hatteras Village, NC  2012


Bodie Island Descendants Homecoming, Bodie Isl., NC  2013


Southern Shores Boat Club, So. Shores, NC  2014


Day at the Docks, Hatteras Village, NC   2014


Hatteras Story Telling Festival, Hatteras Village  2014, 15


Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC  2015








Beach Bonfire, Chicamacomico LSS, once/week summers 2001-2010


Coast Guard Beach Apparatus Drill, every Thursday, summers, 2006-2014