Learn New Bern’s History — Port City, Tryon Palace, Civil War to Downtown Renaissance

Learn the history of New Bern, NC

Craven Community College’s Lifetime Learning Center is pleased to announce a new series of history lectures. Together with our partners, Craven-Pamlico Regional Library, James City Historical Society, New Bern Historical Society, Swiss Bear, Inc., and Tryon Palace, we will present five history lectures. Our goal is to engage the broader community, and expand the understanding of, and the engagement in, the fascinating history of the New Bern community.

All five lecture events will take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center, downtown New Bern. The programs will be offered free to the public.  All who are interested are welcome to join us. No reservation is required.

Susan Moffat-Thomas is leading the organizational effort for this series and presenting two of the lectures. She will be joined by speakers John Leys, Gene Lock and Craig Allen. Each presentation will end with a panel discussion and “Q&A” with audience members. The panels will include three to four members from our partner organizations with expertise on the day’s topic.

Schedule: Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Free at Cullman Performance Hall – North Carolina History Center

Jan. 11: Early History of New Bern – A Port City by Speaker John Leys

Jan. 25: Tryon Palace – History and Restoration by Speaker Susan Moffat-Thomas

Feb. 8:   New Bern Civil War Battlefield – History and Restoration by Speaker Gene Lock

Feb. 22: Union Occupation and the Establishment of James City by Speaker: Craig Allen

March 8: Downtown Renaissance by Speaker Susan Moffat-Thomas

By Jennifer Baer, Director of Lifetime Learning and Community Outreach, Craven Community College Foundation