The Brewster location is home to the Kenneth J. Kinkor Center for Research & Archaeology, named after Expedition Whydah’s late project historian, Ken Kinkor (1954-2013). As director of research, Ken Kinkor located and compiled hundreds of primary sources that were used to construct and validate the history of the Whydah and the pirates who captured her. The Kenneth J. Kinkor Center for Research & Archaeology contains the most authoritative collection of historical documents on the Whydah pirates anywhere in the world and is the headquarters of ongoing research projects.
The Brewster facility also contains laboratory equipment for the excavation of artifacts recovered during the current dive season, as well as for the long term storage of large concretions and artifacts, including several dozen cannons. Many artifacts that are excavated and conserved in Brewster do eventually end up on display at the West Yarmouth museum or on the Real Pirates traveling exhibit.
While the Kenneth J. Kinkor Center for Research & Archaeology is not open to the public, schools and student groups interested in learning about the Golden Age of Piracy, the Transatlantic slave trade, or the primary source documents used to authenticate the Whydah’s history, can schedule a workshop and/or guided tour with our historians at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth.