Cowan Museum of History and Science

We also have  mini exhibits developed by local students, including "Simple Machines" and "Caring for People: Medicine, Remedies, Equipment and Devices."

The Smithsonian comes to Kenansville!

The Way We Worked

May 5-June 16, 2018 at the James Sprunt Community College, 

Boyette Building Room 113

Check back soon for a list of events!

Hosted by the Cowan Museum of History and Science, Kenansville Area Preservation and Development Foundation, Inc., and James Sprunt Community College.

Made possible by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian.

Sound and Music

Developed by students from the Duplin Early College High School. For a description, click HERE.

From Seedling to Celebration:

Christmas Tree Farming in North Carolina

November 25, 2014 - January 6, 2015

Upcoming Exhibits:

Railroads and Firefighting:

An Intern Exhibit by mary Boone

February 13, 2015 - August 28, 2015

Old Rocks, Young Minds


Earth’s 4.6-billion-year geological and biological history is deduced from the analysis of rocks, minerals, and fossils found throughout the world. The layered evidence can be read almost like pages in a book when one understands the different types of rocks and how they form and continually change. Rocks and minerals have fascinating stories to tell about the processes that have shaped our earth throughout its history. And fossils tell stories of life in ancient oceans and tropical seas, primeval swamps and tidal flats, prehistoric meandering rivers and wind-blown sand dunes - all of which come to life as we unlock the secrets preserved in stone.

Nano Mini-Exhibition

May 7, 2015 - August 2, 2015

"Nano" is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. The display contains text in English, Spanish, and has braille labels.

The exhibit was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network), with support from the National Science Foundation, and is on loan from the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.

A few of our Past Exhibits:

Current Exhibits:

Creative North Carolina

May 16, 2014 - November 8, 2014

From earliest times, the urge to create has been a trait common to all humankind. Many of the pieces in this exhibit of contemporary North Carolina artists have creative roots that extend far into the past and to the earliest peoples and cultures of North Carolina. Thousands of years ago in this area of the country, Native Americans were making pine needle baskets, waterfowl decoys, and pottery from the rich clay deposits. Hundreds of years ago, African slaves brought their own ancient influences to the arts of basketry and pottery, including the face jugs; and early European settlers along the coast began creating their own versions of decoys. The creative impulse is very strong and modern day North Carolina artists, such as those whose work is featured here, continue to find means of expression, influenced by the environment and by the tapestry of history and culture that continues to fashion life in North Carolina.