According to James Gregory’s book The Southerner Diaspora, Black Migration picked up from the start of 1900s when 204,000 Black Americans left the south in the 1st decade. The pace accelerated with WWI and continued through the ‘20s; by 1930s there were 1.3 million former Black southerners living in other regions. The US Census Bureau shows 1.4 million Black southerners migrated north or west in 1940, another 1.1 million in 1956, and another 2.4 million in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Clear migratory patterns link states and cities in the South to corresponding destinations. 2019’s BLACK MIGRATION series features panel discussions, literary arts performances, music, storytelling, re-enactments, drama, and dance to examine and showcase migratory patterns during the Migration out of the south & Reverse Migration back in 1980s- early 1990s. Pulitzer Award Winner Isabel Wilkerson’s epic book The Warmth of Other Suns jumpstarts this Black Migration series. Wilkerson’s book covers migration from 1915-1970. Wilkerson interviewed hundreds of people in researching this book, which took 18 years to complete. “A seminal work of narrative nonfiction…you will never forget these people,” author Gay Talese declared. Hordesof readers have seconded that emotion. This 620-page gem is filled with quotes moving the story along,including those from Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson, James Baldwin, Laura Arnold, Deuteronomy 26:6, Jeremiah 8:7, and John Steinbeck. PRESENTERS: Barry Saunders, author and columnist, and Dr. Dudley Flood, educator, historian, and activist, review parts of Wilkerson’s book, and will make this a lively and entertaining evening. Location: Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center
In North Carolina, we love our tasty, regional, home-grown barbecue. From the earliest history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods, North Carolina has a proud barbecue tradition, featured at family and community gatherings across the state. Whether at a backyard grill, a community event, or a traditional wood fire pit at a local restaurant, delicious barbecue can be found in every North Carolina county and in every corner of our history. The Story of BBQ in North Carolina explores how growing and cultivating hogs emerged in North Carolina. The exhibit also fuels the east versus west debate about sauces and condiments, even as explains that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really are not that different. Visitors will leave hungry so be sure to have a list of local BBQ joints on hand! Accompanying educational materials will include play kitchens for the youngest visitors and will explore healthy eating options. The “The Story of BBQ in N.C.” Exhibit will be open to the public January 19, 2019 to March 2019 in the North Carolina History Center.
So many folks wanted to hear John Leys The Story of Ghent that the Historical Society event sold out back in December! Don’t worry, though, John has been prevailed upon to give an encore of this popular presentation on Tuesday, January 29th at 6pm at the North Carolina History Center in partnership with Tryon Palace. Doors will open at 5pm. Reserve your seat with a suggested $10 donation; all proceeds go to Historical Society’s educational programs. Call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. This event is open to the public. No wonder people are interested! The Ghent neighborhood has a lively and vibrant past. This is the story that John Leys will share. Leys explains “The Story of Ghent will take us back to the days when Ghent was developed from the Rhem family plantation and explain how the neighborhood grew with the introduction of the trolley. We’ll remember all the fun the children had with the coming of the circus. Let’s not forget the Casino with sports events, dances, rides and concessions. Who remembers that the famous Gorgeous George had a wrestling match there?! We’ll talk about architecture and a few notable residents. Over the years Ghent has had a significant influence on New Bern, and we hope will continue to far into the future.” Ghent resident John Leys came to New Bern after finishing his graduate degree at East Carolina University in 1975 and taught French, History and English in the New Bern school system. After retiring...
Come visit Tryon Palace and enjoy activities and craft demonstrations free-of-charge at Free Day! New Bern was a lively community in the 18th century, just as it is today. Learn what daily life was like for the people who lived in our city in the 1770s. Have you ever wondered what types of jobs men and women had? Or how were boys and girls educated, or what they did in their free time (if they had any!)? Find out as you tour the first floors of the Governor’s Palace, Kitchen Office, Stable Office, and historic Dixon and Stanly Houses; explore 16 acres of gardens; play historic games; and make fun crafts to take home. The Tryon Palace gardens and grounds will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Activities, crafts, and historic buildings will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Antiques Show & Sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Dealers love the show and come from as far away as New York and Florida. Items range from fine jewelry and antique clothing to vintage toys to military heritage items to fine old beer steins. Everything must be at least 50 years old, so the range is from the 1700s to the 1960s. Tickets are easily available in advance at Mitchell Hardware for $8 per person or online at NewBernPF.org Or you can purchase them for $10 at the door. For families, children under 15 with an adult are free.