Karen Willis Amspacher


Karen Willis Amspacher is a native of Harkers Island, where her family has been a part of the boatbuilding and fishing traditions for generations. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and editor of several community publications, including The Mailboat and Harkers Island's Island Born & Bred. As founding director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center she has engaged community members in all facets of museum programming and has served as the community liaison for documentary projects with the Southern Oral History Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, the NC Folklife Division of the Arts Council, Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, and the Smithsonian.