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.

New Bern historian Nelson McDaniel presents a history lesson at the corner of Middle and Pollock streets, explaining the history of a fence corner piece. Archival photo submitted by New Bern Historical Society.

“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 of freedom.” 

Just of few of those that Nelson will touch on are the founding Palatines, John Wright Stanly, William Gaston, Abraham Galloway, George Henry White, and Bayard Wootten. 

“We stand on large shoulders and should be inspired to do our part as we continue the struggle for freedom,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel is a respected, insightful scholar and Community Fabric Award winner. He was born in New Bern and schooled at UNC Chapel Hill, George Washington and Georgetown universities, New York University, and the University of Lyon.  

For 30 years he was a teacher at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va.  He has served in various volunteer capacities with the New Bern 300th anniversary celebrations, camps Sea Gull and Seafarer, Christ Church, Tryon Palace Foundation, CarolinaEast Foundation, Kellenberger Foundation, Craven Arts Council, Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., and is past president of the New Bern Historical Society.

Voices in the Cause of Freedom is offered as the Historical Society’s annual Lore Lecture, an annual presentation honoring New Bern Historical Society past Historian, Dr. Richard Lore.

The New Bern Historical Society celebrates and promotes New Bern and its heritage through events and education. 

Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad St., in New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.

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