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Bring on the Jazz!

In Honor of Black History Month February 8, 9 at 7:30pm, February 10 at 2pm Tickets:  $14 in advance, $16 at the door, $10 for Students and Active Duty Military with ID* Directed by John Van Dyke Bring on the Jazz! New Bern Civic Theatre presents a night of sizzling, red hot jazz performed by […]
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Check out the latest happenings in and around New Bern this weekend

Sudan Shriners Parade
25th: “Science and Math Take Flight” 4th Annual Gala and Fundraiser presented by Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation, 5:30pm, at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. For details call 252-444-7260 25th: Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series, Doors open at 6:30pm, Concert: 7:30pm, North Carolina History Center. For details call 252-639-3524 26th: Harvest Bear Birthday Cupcake […]
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Historian David Cecelski to Speak on Abraham Galloway: Slave Turned Spy and Freedom Fighter

Listen to Laura Johnson’s interview with local historian, Nelson McDaniel, about the upcoming event on WNOS Talk News 1450AM and 105.9FM: Historian David Cecelski, who details the extraordinary life of an American original in his book, The Fire of Freedom:  Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War, will speak on the life of Galloway […]
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Epiphany Students Aid New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield

Jon Miller (Battlefield Adjutant), Jon Fitzgerald (teacher), Pete Meyer (Battlefield guide), Jerry Shake (Battlefield guide), Steve Shaffer (Battlefield guide), Lynne Harakal, (Executive Director, Historical Society). Students in Mr. Fitzgeralds’ Advisory: Noah McLaughlin, Jeffrey Williams, Patrick Robertson. Logan Goodwin, Anthony Rocco, Zachary Brown, Corey Cooper, Tyler Styron, Andrew Lorentzen, Luke Ferrera Students from Jon Fitzgerald’s advisory […]
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African-American Lecture Series Begins with ‘Emancipation Proclamation’

Attorney Bernie Siler Tryon Palace to Launch Yearlong Series Jan. 17 at Cullman Performance Hall Attorney Bernie Siler will open Tryon Palace’s African-American Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 17, with a journey across the inspiration and historical impact of the Emancipation Proclamation. Forever redefining the lives of African-Americans in the North and South, Abraham Lincoln’s […]
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Back for the 7th Year – Ed Bearss

America’s Premier Battlefield Historian will present Turning of the Tide:  Gettysburg and Vicksburg These fascinating events will be told as only Ed Bearss can tell them! Anyone who has been to an Ed Bearss program knows he is fascinating to watch and listen to. This remarkable man is approaching his 90th birthday and shows no […]
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“Knight of the Purple Ribbon: A Novel (Baron de Graffenried’s Colonial Adventures)”

The newly released “Knight of the Purple Ribbon: A Novel (Baron de Graffenried’s Colonial Adventures)” is a historic novel based on the real life adventures of the charming Swiss nobleman Baron Christoph de Graffenried, (ancestor to former First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Charles Robb and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ellen Glasgow). The book focuses on de […]
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Keeping it Local, with Community websites!

Always on the lookout for ways to improve New Bern Now, I ran across this interesting video of Paul Studtmann, a Davidson College Professor, interviewing David Boraks. David is the Founder and Publisher of the and The interview was about David Boraks’ two community websites. The towns are located about 25 minutes north […]
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Through the Lens: The Life of Bayard Wootten

On Thursday, January 17 at 2pm join New Bern Native Anthony Lilly and special guests as they illuminate the life of pioneering photographer Bayard Wootten, sharing her rich family history, her road to success, and her passion for the artistic medium which she used brilliantly to document the American South. Anthony Lilly, a New Bern […]
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