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 www.NewBernHistorical.org/virtual-programs.  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 →

Susan Moffat-Thomas’ compelling tale of New Bern’s journey from waterfront eyesore to beautiful award-winning downtown will finish the Historical Society’s first virtual series of presentations from New Bern’s past. New Bern’s Downtown Renaissance, the fourth in the series, will be presented on the New Bern Historical Society’s Facebook page on Wednesday, July 29 at 2pm. The online audience will be able to comment and ask questions in real time. Moffat-Thomas, retired Executive Director, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., is intimately familiar with that part of New Bern history. She’ll describe that 40-year process that brought New Bern to its current delightful state. She’ll provide anRead More →

Stories and reminiscences of New Bern’s “used to be” — Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store; First Citizens Bank sits where there used to be the Hotel Queen Anne. “New Bern Then and Now” by New Bern Historical Society Curator Jim Hodges is chock full of historic photos and images and is one of the Society’s most popular presentations, selling out 4 times. Now it is going virtual and free of charge.  Be sure to be on the New Bern Historical Society Facebook page at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 when they will live stream the presentation, and he will be on handRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society announced its Harriett Marks Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to New Bern High School senior Kimberly Cusack. Miss Cusack was selected from among a large group of talented and deserving applicants. She is the daughter of Mrs. Deborah Cusack. Kimberly has demonstrated academic excellence by her rank in class and by taking honors, Advanced Placement, and college courses. She has been involved in a number of school and community activities such as organizer and instructor for the New Bern High School Summer Art Program, participant in the NBHS Theatre, member of the National Honor Society, participant at the N.C.Read More →