The New Bern Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its Harriet Marks Scholarship, and the March 26 due date is quickly approaching. This scholarship is awarded to a senior graduating from New Bern High School for the purpose of obtaining higher education at an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning.  Renewable for three succeeding years as long as academic standards are maintained, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving senior based on equal weight of scholarship and financial need. The Marks Scholarship was established by a trust estate created in 1968 under the terms of the will of Miss Harriet MarksRead More →

Editor’s note: Many people know the building on the 200 block of Craven Street in New Bern as City Hall … that’s what the sign near its roof calls it. More often, it’s called Old City Hall. It once served as New Bern City Hall before city government moved to the corner of Craven and Pollock streets. Historians have discovered an even earlier use for the old building, hidden in plain sight. By Claudia Houston, NBHS Historian New Bern Historical Society (NBHS) announced the discovery of an existing building in downtown that served as both a Confederate and Union hospital during the Civil War. HistorianRead More →

When PBS wants somebody with the knowledge of not only the history of New Bern, but also the stories of the people, who do they call?  Native New Bernian Nelson McDaniel, of course. The New Bern Historical Society also turns to Nelson, who will present Voices in the Cause of Freedom, released online on Feb. 24, 2021 at  This is a free presentation. “People of New Bern have contributed greatly to the creation and improvement of the United States and the cause of freedom for 300 years,” explains Nelson.  “In this talk we’ll highlight a few of these major contributors to the cause ofRead More →

Twenty-two members of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point took a guided tour of the New Bern Battlefield Park on Dec. 4, 2020 to learn about New Bern’s role in its first major engagement in the Civil War. The unit, known as the Spartans, viewed the fighting positions in the park while hearing tour guide Jon Miller describe how the battle unfolded. The tour was organized by CWO 3 Christopher Margoupis and the group was led by the squadron commander Lt. Col. Christopher Tsirlis. If you are looking for an outside experience during these COVID-19 times, or to simplyRead More →

Class set for Nov. 14, in Partnership with New Bern Historical Society Looking for good old-fashioned holiday cheer? Remembering a gingerbread house from your childhood? Need a family-oriented project? Consider the Introduction to Gingerbread House Building Class offered at Craven Community College in partnership with New Bern Historical Society. The class will meet Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Craven County Campus. This is a perfect way to get started and gain confidence. The 1½ hour class will teach construction basics that will ensure that your house will stand up to the season. This is a demonstration class with a short exercise toRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society’s Ghostwalk is known for bringing back historic characters from New Bern’s past. Yes, the New Bern Historical Society knows where all the skeletons in New Bern are buried. This year they have made adaptations to keep folks safe in these COVID-19 times, and they are finding tickets are moving fast! The 30th Annual Ghostwalk, Tales from the Underground, which runs Oct. 22-24, starts next week! The challenges and restrictions of the pandemic have brought major changes in the structure of this year’s event. An all-outdoor LIVE Ghostwalk will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Queen Street, October 22-24 fromRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society knows where all the skeletons in New Bern are buried! And they’ll share some of those hidden secrets during the 30th Annual Ghostwalk, “Tales from the Underground,” Oct. 22-24. This year’s Ghostwalk will bring you the same great 13 vignettes featuring some of New Bern’s most intriguing historical characters telling their fascinating tales. But with the challenges and restrictions of the pandemic in place, you can expect major changes in the structure of this year’s event. A safely reimagined, all-outdoor Live Ghostwalk will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Queen Street, October 22-24 from 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets will be goodRead More →

Like most non-profit organizations, the New Bern Historical Society runs on the efforts of its volunteers. Each year, the Society takes time to publicly recognize a number of those who go above and beyond, usually at a special banquet. But not in this COVID-restricted time. Scroll down to see more pictures The Newcomer’s Award was presented to two outstanding volunteers for their significant contributions over the last two years. Lori Favre was recognized for her efforts as Ghostwalk cemetery director and script writer, and her work on Honour, The Musical. Jay DeLoach earned the award as the new editor of the annual Historical Journal. The Battlefield AwardRead More →