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Tryon Palace Live

Tryon Palace Live
While Tryon Palace is closed, we want to make sure you are still able to access all our site has to offer… from the safety of your homes and miles of social distancing. For more than 60 years, you’ve supported us, and now we’re here to support you. We’re beyond excited to announce new programming […]
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COVID-19 Update: Tryon Palace Closed to Public

Tryon Palace
New Bern, N.C. – In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Tryon Palace will suspend public operations beginning Mar. 17. All events and programs are cancelled during this time. Until we reopen, we invite you to visit us online at or through social media. […]
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Encore! The Underground Railroad in New Bern

Leesa Jones
Leesa Jones Returns March 14 New Bern, NC – When Leesa Jones spoke at the New Bern Historical Society Lunch & Learn recently, the room was filled immediately, and folks were clamoring for her return! March 14 brings another opportunity to hear this dynamic woman speak about the Underground Railroad in Eastern North Carolina. On […]
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Special Invitation for Students

Becky Stone as Harriet Tubman
Students from local schools will have the opportunity to meet Harriet Tubman on March 26 at the Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. She’ll share her story and […]
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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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