Women on the Home Front during the Civil War

LeRae Umfleet

LeRae Umfleet in Civil War period costume

First Historical Society Lunch & Learn in 2015 – 16
September 9, 2015 at The Chelsea

We know much of the soldiers on both sides who were involved in our 1861-1865 Civil War.  We have photographs, letters and diaries. But what about those left behind at home? LeRae Umfleet, Assistant Director at Tryon Palace will address that question at the New Bern Historical Society’s first Lunch & Learn of the season on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:30am at The Chelsea Restaurant. Her topic will be Women on the Home Front during the Civil War. The Home Front was also the battlefront on many occasions and just surviving under the blockade was difficult – women took to “rioting” in Salisbury just to get flour…..some were spies…. others became refugees…. all have stories to tell!

New Bern’s story is unique because she was occupied for most of the war – thousands of Union soldiers called our town home and did much to describe her for us in letters, diaries, and sketches.  They saved yet also destroyed portions of our built heritage in the process of occupation, effectively re-writing our architectural record. Learn about this, and much more of our history as LeRae Umfleet presents the season’s first Lunch & Learn.

LeRae Umfleet is currently serving as the Assistant Director at Tryon Palace in New Bern.  Before coming to New Bern, LeRae was the Administrator of the Education and Outreach Branch of the Office of Archives and History for the Department of Cultural Resources. Throughout her career in public history, LeRae has worked with a multitude of sites in a variety of capacities, including the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection in Chapel Hill and many others.  She has also served on many Boards and Councils.

Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Restaurant at 335 Middle Street in New Bern. Tickets are $16 for Historical Society members and $18 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or can be ordered online: NewBernHistorical.org.

Lunch choices are: Baked Salmon with champagne dill cream sauce or Lemon Chicken Breast. Both are served with rice pilaf and seasonal vegetable. Dessert is chocolate tuxedo cake.

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society

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