Richard K. Lore Annual Lecture
What Happened to the Lost Colony?
Dr. David La Vere, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 pm
Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center
Join the New Bern Historical Society November 5 for this free event.
No tickets or reservations are necessary.
The Lost Colony is one of the great NC mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans. Their fate terrified the English and had the potential to derail future English colonization. This talk explains Roanoke Indian society and politics, English Elizabethan politics and colonial ambitions, who and what made the Roanoke colony fail, and what LaVere believes happened to the Lost Colonists.
David La Vere, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Wilmingon
Prof. David La Vere teaches American Indian History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is an award-winning author and public speaker. Born in New Orleans, he served a hitch as a Marine Corps infantryman, then earned a B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Upon graduation, he spent five years in Dallas as an advertising copywriter. Discovering he enjoyed writing history more than writing ad copy, he returned to Northwestern State and earned an MA in History, From there he went on to Texas A&M University for his Ph.D. in History. He came to UNC Wilmington in 1993 and is now a professor of history there. La Vere has just finished his seventh book, titled The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies, and published in October 2013 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press. Besides books, he’s written numerous articles for Our State North Carolina magazine and for historical journals. La Vere often lectures around the state, giving talks about the history of North Carolina Indians. He has given a talk at the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, England on diversity in society.
La Vere’s other books include: The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony (Burnt Mill Press, Wilmington, 2011); Looting Spiro Mounds (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007); The Texas Indians (Texas A&M University Press, 2004); Contrary Neighbors: Removed Indians and Plains Indians in Indian Territory (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000); Life Among the Texas Indians(Texas A&M University Press, 1998); and The Caddo Chiefdoms (University of Nebraska Press, 1998). The Texas Indians won the 2005 Best Book Award given by the Philosophical Society of Texas and the 2004 T. R. Fehrenbach Award for Best Book on Texas History given by the Texas History Commission. Contrary Neighbors won the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Non-Fiction Book on Oklahoma History. He has been a contributing author to two Our State Press publications: North Carolina’s Shining Moment: World War II in North Carolina (2005) and North Carolina Churches: Portraits of Grace(2004).
This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society in partnership with Tryon Palace, and is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sorry you missed it! 2015 Lore Lecture:
Richard K. Lore Lecture
Nazi POWs in the Tar Heel State, 1942-1946
Robert D. Billinger, Jr, Professor Emeritus of History, Wingate University 1979-2014
Sunday, November 15, 2:00pm
Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center at Tryon Palace
More than 10,000 German prisoners of war were interned in eighteen camps in North Carolina during World War II, with one of those camps being right here in New Bern. Yet apart from the guards, civilian workers, and FBI and local police who tracked escapees, most people were–and remain–unaware of this prisoner of war presence. To learn about this interesting chapter in our state’s history, be sure to attend the annual Richard K. Lore Lecture.
Dr. Billinger will present a lively lecture and PowerPoint presentation of photos, maps, and documents revealing the POW program in North Carolina during World War II. Surveyed are the arrival of the first prisoners, the work program, escapes, reeducation, and repatriation. The story told reveals the diversity of the men captured in German uniform: U-Boat men captured off the Carolina coast, infantry men and paratroopers captured in Italy, North Africa, and France. It also reveals the presence of Nazis and anti-Nazis, former concentration camp inmates, and a multitude of men captured in German uniforms who before the war had been Austrians, Belgians, Frenchmen, and Soviet citizens.
Billinger argues that the wartime experiences of the POWs and citizens of North Carolina revealed to both sides that enemies are human, uniforms conceal diversity, and wartime enemies can become life-long friends.
Robert D. Billinger, Jr., Ph.D., a native of Bethlehem, PA, is a Professor Emeritus of History at Wingate University, where he taught between 1979 and 2014. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and completed graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also was a Fulbright Graduate Scholar to Vienna, Austria. He is the author of three books, including two concerning German POWs in America during World War II. His Hitler’s Soldiers in the Sunshine State: German POWs in Florida was published by the University Press of Florida in 2000.
Join the New Bern Historical Society November 15 for this free event. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Immediately following the lecture there will be a reception in Mattocks Hall. This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society in partnership with Tryon Palace, and is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.