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May
25
Sat
African American Heritage Tour
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

African American Heritage Tour

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern.

New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast.

The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November, with the exception of July and August. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m.

Location:
Meet at the Waystation

Event Price

$6 adults, $3 youth
Contact Email:
info@tryonpalace.org
Contact Phone:
252-639-3500
Jun
12
Wed
The History of Barbour Boats
Jun 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The History of Barbour Boats @ The Chelsea | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

Join the New Bern Historical Society and Tryon Palace’s Research Historian Lindy Cummings for Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30am at the Chelsea Restaurant as she shares the remarkable story of New Bern’s Barbour Boats. From a modest background in Swansboro, master carpenter and shipwright Herbert W. Barbour moved to New Bern and founded a shipyard in 1932 that would eventually employ 1200 workers during World War II. The ingredients of this success story are determination, hard work, and pride. Barbour Boat Works operated on the banks of the Trent River from 1932 until 1997. Always family owned and operated, the boat works built everything from naval vessels during the Second World War to world-class racing hulls and pleasure craft. This talk covers the history of the works as well as the process of researching and developing the Barbour Boats exhibit in the North Carolina History Center Duffy Gallery.
Lindy Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Indiana University and Miami University of Ohio and has completed additional graduate work at University of Maryland College Park. Originally from Indiana, she and her husband Lance moved to North Carolina in 2014 and made New Bern their home in 2016.
The Historical Society is excited to be hosting this presentation. Executive Director Mickey Miller explains, “So many people are connected to Barbour Boats through family, employment, or simple enjoyment. We expect this to be another very popular presentation!”
Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558 or can be ordered at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets.
Lunch choices: brown butter barbeque chicken with gourmet macaroni & cheese and mixed vegetable medley or salmon brie pasta. Both are served with rolls, carrot cake, tea and coffee.

Jun
19
Wed
African American Heritage & Cultural Center
Jun 19 @ 11:04 pm – 11:19 pm
African American Heritage & Cultural Center
An evening to celebrate the launch of The African American Heritage & Cultural Center and JUNETEENTH

Celebrate the launch of The African American Heritage & Cultural Center of New Bern. JUNETEENTH, June 19 is chosen because of its historic significance. JUNETEENTH commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The Center will work with organizations and groups to present events & programs celebrating the historic impact and progress of African American heritage and culture in Eastern North Carolina. It starts in 2019! Live Dance. Theater. Musical Performances & Concerts. Food Festivals. Family and Community Activities. Art Exhibits and Guest Artist Forums. Oral History Interviews. Storytelling. Exhibits of Personal Artifacts & Family Collections. This event welcomes all to support The Center and its events.

Jun
22
Sat
African American Heritage Tour
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

African American Heritage Tour

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern.

New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast.

The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November, with the exception of July and August. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m.

Location:
Meet at the Waystation

Event Price

$6 adults, $3 youth
Contact Email:
info@tryonpalace.org
Contact Phone:
252-639-3500
Jul
10
Wed
Encore: Reflections on the Great War
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Encore: Reflections on the Great War @ The Chelsea | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

If you missed this great presentation in May, here is another opportunity! Mark Sandvigen’s lively presentation sold out early the first time, so be sure to act quickly on this second chance!

It has been 100 years since World War I, the “War to End All Wars”. Mark Sandvigen will join the New Bern Historical Society once again at the Chelsea Restaurant July 10 at 11:30am for Lunch & Learn with a look back from the United States entry into WWI in 1917 to the return of our service men and women in 1919. His presentation, A Distant Mirror: Craven County and Reflections on the Great War, 1917-1920, is a Craven County story as well as North Carolina story covering the impact of the War and how it changed every facet of our lives. This is not a presentation about dates and battles but rather a thoughtful look at society as a whole and how the War brought changes in almost everything: what we thought about, our patriotic values, what was popular, what was funny, what was known and what we would find out. This was presented in May and sold out quickly, so be sure to get your reservations early!
Mark Sandvigen, a retired U.S. Naval Officer and senior executive for several Fortune 500 companies, brings a unique perceptive to this forgotten chapter in our history. Mark’s interest in the Great War began with his Grandfather who fought in the 91st Pine Tree Division during the 100 days leading to the Armistice. Pursuing his Grandfather’s legacy led to walking the battlefields and trenches of the Western Front along with visiting the WWI memorials and museums of the allied powers. His investigations and perspective will provide an illuminating, and sometimes amusing look at the home and military life of North Carolinians and New Bernians of that era.
Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included.
Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-
8558, or can be ordered at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets.

Aug
2
Fri
First Friday: Hair!
Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Friday: Hair! @ Cullman Performance Hall in N.C. History Center | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

Join us for a tour of women’s hairstyles from 1750 through 1870. Historic Clothing Interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will talk about styles, changes in hair care, and the use of wigs.

Aug
31
Sat
Stanly-Spaight Duel
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Stanly-Spaight Duel @ New Bern Academy | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

On September 5th, 1802, a prominent New Bern lawyer met his political rival, a former State Governor, in a lethal duel on the streets of New Bern. Step back in time to an era where a man’s personal honor was his most cherished quality and any incursion on this prized value could result in fiery and violent retribution. Watch the drama unfold before your eyes in a gripping reenactment of this fateful day.

Sep
6
Fri
First Friday: “Military Camp Life”
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Friday: “Military Camp Life” @ Cullman Performance Hall in N.C. History Center | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

Have you ever wondered what life was like in a military camp? What did soldiers do in their downtime? Join Interpretive Programs Coordinator Gary Riggs for a closer look at camp life. Event Price: $6, Foundation Members Free

Oct
11
Fri
Fall Garden Lovers’ Weekend
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm
Fall Garden Lovers' Weekend @ Tryon Palace Grounds | New Bern | North Carolina | United States

Tryon Palace gardens will be open for free during MumFest weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 in historic downtown New Bern. Hundreds of mums and a variety of fall blooming plants will be on display throughout the 16 acres of gardens of Tryon Palace during Garden Lovers’ Weekend.

Gardens will be free and open to the public Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Interior tours require the purchase of a ticket.



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