The strength of any non-profit organization comes from the time and commitment of its volunteers. The New Bern Historical Society celebrated their volunteers and members as more than 100 attended the Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held recently at the New Bern Golf and Country Club.
Board of Directors President Joe Hunt and Executive Director Mickey Miller presented the 2018 Awards honoring many of the Society’s hardest working volunteers. The Ambassadorship Award went to The Earth Angels, the Historical Society’s dedicated curators and caretakers of our Heritage Garden. The Newcomers Award was presented to Walt Teasdale who has jumped right in helping with Ghostwalk logistics, ABC Sale pickups and many other un-acknowledged jobs. He will also serve this year as co-chair of the ABC Sale. Mickey presented The Executive Director’s Award to Patti Urick who has been the leader in organizing and preparing food and refreshments for many large events such as Mardi Gras. Joe Hunt announced the President’s Award given to immediate past President, Nelson McDaniel who has dedicated years of service to New Bern Historical Society. The Extended Service Award went to long time member and supporter Linda Lore, who, along with her husband Dick, has been instrumental in the development of Battlefield Park. Bernard George accepted The Education Award as he retires from the Board. This award acknowledging all his work to share New Bern History, most especially our African American history. The Battlefield Award was presented to Battlefield Guide and dedicated volunteer Ray Cahoon who gives his time daily at the Battlefield Park. John Leys was honored with the Lifetime of Service Award as he completes more than 10 years as Historian and Board member, and more than 20 years as a volunteer.
The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern. For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go NewBernHistorical.org or Facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.
Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society