Upcoming Events at Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center

North Carolina History Center

January 1, Noon to 2 p.m.

150th Anniversary Celebration of the 13th Amendment

Location: North Carolina History Center

Ticket Cost (Adults, Children, and Foundation Members): Free

Tryon Palace will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution with a free ceremony Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at noon outside the Craven County Courthouse. After the commemoration at the courthouse, the ceremony will move to the North Carolina History Center for a reception from 1-2 p.m.

The celebratory event will feature patriotic music, historical reenactments with costumed characters and a dramatic reading of the 13th Amendment. The keynote speaker for the event will be Florida State Supreme Court Justice James Perry, a New Bern native and graduate of J.T. Barber High School. Other noted speakers will include historian David Cecelski, author of the book “Fire of Freedom,” and Catherine Bishir, author of “Crafting Lives” a comprehensive study of New Bern’s early African American history.

Tuesday, January 5, 2 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop

Location:  Tour begins and ends at the Waystation

Ticket Cost:  $6 adults, $3 students; included with regular admission

Tryon Palace historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will lead a tour of the historic Jones House with a brief description of the house and then through the Tryon Palace Costume Shop on the first floor of the house. Visit the storage areas on the first floor, and discuss historical clothing research, the sewing techniques used in the past, and current projects for upcoming events.

Friday, January 15, Noon to 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Meet the Gastons

Location: Cannon Gateway, North Carolina History Center

Ticket Cost (Adults, Children, Foundation Members): $6 per person, free for Tryon Palace Foundation members at benefit level

William Gaston may be the most famous member of his family but did you know that he was married three times? Or that his daughters knew famous nineteenth century architect Alexander Jackson Davis? Come and learn about the Gaston family and their impact on North Carolina.

This monthly brownbag lunch series will be held on the Cannon Gateway of the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern.

Tickets for each Lunch and Learn are $6 per person and free for Tryon Palace Foundation members. Each Lunch and Learn will begin at noon and guests will meet in Mattocks Hall inside the North Carolina History Center.

Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m.

Tryon Palace Gardens Lecture Series

Location: Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center

Ticket Cost: Free

Bryce Lane, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, retired horticulture teacher at North Carolina State University, avid gardener and speaker from Raleigh will present a talk entitled, “You’re Not from Around These Parts: Gardening with Native and Exotic Plants.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: Winter in the Gardens

Location: Waystation

Ticket Cost: $6 adults, $3 students; included with regular admission

Tryon Palace gardeners will meet guests at the Waystation to view what is blooming in the 16 acres of Tryon Palace Gardens. Camellia, prunus mume, kerria, viburnum and witch-hazel in addition to jonquils, hellebore and pansies feature prominently in the Palace winter gardens. (Tour cancelled only in the event of snow and ice.)

Submitted by: Cole Dittmer, Marketing Assistant, Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center

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