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New Bern’s History

Learn about 300+ years of history in New Bern, North Carolina!

Honour, The Musical World Premiere

Stanly Spaight Duel
Compelling New Bern Story Opens January 23 New Bern, NC – The Stanly-Spaight Duel. One of New Bern’s most compelling stories. A younger man goads an older statesman. The older man insults the younger. All in public. In newsprint. Add the story of Sarah Rice, a favored slave of the Spaights, who had a son […]
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George Mason: Forgotten Founding Father

English Speaking Union
The January 18, program, Saturday, 1 p.m., in the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, downtown New Bern is free and open to ESU members, their guests and the public.   Dr. David C. Skaggs’ presentation, George Mason: Forgotten Founding Father, focuses on this founding father who served in the fourth and fifth Virginia Conventions in […]
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Experience an African American Cultural Celebration

New Bern Parks and Recreation
The North Carolina Museum of History is celebrating its 19th annual African American Cultural Celebration. Travel with New Bern Parks and Recreation on Saturday, January 25, 2020 as we enjoy a day featuring musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more. Departing from West New Bern Recreation Center 8 a.m. and will […]
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How Did We Get Here from There?

Middle Street 1972 and now
Susan Moffat-Thomas Outlines New Bern’s Downtown Renaissance, Feb 23 at the North Carolina History Center NEW BERN, NC – Following WWII, New Bern’s waterfront area was rather an eyesore.  Now we have the beautiful award-winning downtown we all love. How did that happen?  The New Bern Historical Society will host Susan Moffat-Thomas, retired Executive Director, […]
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Tryon Palace Reopens Pepsi Portal to History Exhibit with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tryon Palace Pepsi Portal History Exhibit
Tryon Palace is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of the Pepsi Portal to History, Wednesday, December 18, at 9 a.m. in the North Carolina History Center. Senator Norman W. Sanderson helped mark the occasion by participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Rob Jones, Multimedia Coordinator, Tryon Palace, and members of the Tryon Palace Commission and […]
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Gingerbread Awards Presented

Mickey Miller and Dawn Freeman
NEW BERN, NC – The New Bern Historical Society presented its 3rd annual Gingerbread House Contest awards recently. Executive Director Mickey Miller honored all the winners and the Epiphany School Singers entertained the crowd gathered at the O. Marks building. First place winners in the four divisions and the Nancy Chiles Heritage Award won cash […]
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Third Annual Gingerbread Display Ready to Delight

Baxterss Jewelers Gingerbread House
34 Gingerbread Creations in 20 Downtown Locations! New Bern, NC – The Holidays are upon us and 34 gingerbread creations have made their way to 20 locations in Historic Downtown New Bern. The New Bern Historical Society has welcomed and installed these festive creations that run from historic buildings to gingerbread trains! A wonderful showing […]
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The Great Fire of 1922

Great Fire of 1922 - Photo by George Moulton
New Bern Historical Society Lunch & Learn Remembers New Bern, NC – It was on December 1, 1922, nearly 100 years ago. A fire started at the Rowland Lumber Company on the banks of the Neuse River. Then another fire started in a home on Kilmarnock Street near the Five Points intersection. And many of […]
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Tryon Palace to Honor Veterans

Veterans Day - Tryon Palace
Free Admission for Veterans, Dependents this Veterans Day Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty and military veterans and their dependents and minor children on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 10. Because Tryon Palace is closed on Monday’s, it will recognize the occasion on Sunday. This free admission will include access to the […]
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