Historical Conservation

Lake Mattamuskeet: From Formation, to World's Largest Pumping Plant

Lake Mattamuskeet is North Carolina’s largest natural lake at 40,000 acres. 

Not surprisingly, the lake is a big draw for hunters, fishermen, bird watchers and others looking for wildlife and outdoor-dependent recreation. The lake is surrounded by an additional estimated 10,000 acres of marsh, timber and cropland which together make up the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. 

What's My Story: Object Conservator

Jennifer French has been the Object Conservator at the North Carolina Museum of History since 2010. Over her 13-year career, she has worked on two continents and with objects that span vast time scales. Before unfurling her tool kit in Raleigh, she worked to stabilize objects from the Bronze Age in Wiltshire England, to repairing feathers and reattaching beads on Native American objects for the Smithsonian, to securing the ephemeral messages and photos taped to the Last Column from the rubble of 9/11.