All Lunch & Learn events start at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Restaurant at 335 Middle Street in New Bern. The cost is $18 for Historical Society members and $20 for non-members, which includes a delicious Chelsea entree, bread, dessert, iced tea, and coffee. Reservations and meals must be paid in advance, either online from the Tickets page or by calling the New Bern Historical Society
at 252-638-8558. Please select your menu option when ordering.
New Bern’s Lebanese Legacy and the Pollock Street Corridor: 1900s to Present
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Speakers: Dr. Katherine Adolph and Tony Salem
You didn’t know about the Lebanese community in New Bern? Our January Lunch & Learn brings locals Dr. Katherine Adolph and Tony Salem to explore this little-known piece of New Bern history. Our speakers will discuss Lebanese immigration in New Bern in the beginning of the 20th Century, the evolution of the Lebanese community and its impact on the local economy and our neighborhoods including Pollock Street. Drawing from Tony’s personal history growing up on the Pollock Street Corridor and Kathy’s extensive research, they will share images of Pollock Street in the 1930s and ’40s, discuss the decline in the corridor and current plans for revitalization.
Tony Salem is a New Bern native and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been a practicing CPA since 1975 and is currently managing partner of A.G. Salem & Associates, PLLC. He is married to Tresie Hatem Salem who is also a New Bern native. Dr. Katherine Adolph finished a 30-year career as an educational administrator in Denver prior to moving to New Bern in 2005. Kathy and her husband Peter formed Bern Investment Group, Inc. shortly after their arrival in New Bern. She is president of the corporation and is currently devoting her time to New Bern’s revitalization efforts along the gateway corridors to downtown.
Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $18 for Historical Society members and $20 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made in by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or online by clicking here. Lunch choices are: Beef Shoulder Tenderloin with Cabernet Demi-Glace or Brown Butter Barbecue Chicken. Both are served with garlic smashed potatoes, mixed vegetable medley, rolls, dessert, iced tea, and coffee.
Save the dates and watch for more on upcoming Lunch & Learn programs:
♦ Wednesday, February 7, 2018: History of the 35th Colored Troops by local historian Bernard George.
♦ Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Deeds: A Special Women’s History Month presentation featuring notable women from New Bern’s past.
♦ Wednesday, April 11, 2018: History Stands Around You by Preservation Specialist John Wood.
♦ Wednesday, May 9, 2018: New Bern Then and Now by local historians Jim Hodges and Claudia Houston.
Sorry you missed it! A look at past Lunch & Learn programs:
Talkin’ Tarheel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Walt Wolfram, Linguistics Professor & Author
If you’ve ever spotted a whistle pig or know what a Kelvinator is, then you just might be fluent in Tar Heel. If you pronounce Buies Creek, Cashie River and Chicamacomico like a native, then you might be fluent in Tar Heel. Linguist Walt Wolfram will share stories, sights, and sounds from his book Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina.
“North Cackalacky’s” dialects go beyond the stereotypical Southern twang. Wolfram also explores the distinct dialects of African-Americans, recent Spanish-speaking immigrants, mountain residents, the Cherokee and Lumbee, and the “Hoi Toiders” – High Tiders, a nickname for Outer Banks natives.
Dr. Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and over 300 articles. He has written books on Outer Banks dialects, (Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue), Lumbee English, Appalachian English, and African American English in North Carolina, and with Jeff Reaser, published Talkin’ Tar Heel: How our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina.
For Want of a Railroad: The Battle of Wise’s Forks
Wednesday, September 13, 2107
Wade Sokolosky & Horace Mewborn, Authors/Historians
History has relegated the Battle of Wise’s (Wyse) Forks, March 1865 near Kinston, to little more than an insignificant skirmish during the final days of the Civil War. Indeed, most histories mention it not at all. Wade Sokolosky will discuss the battle and his latest book, “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming”: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865, which erases this misconception and elevates this battle and its related operations to the historical status it deserves. Horace Mewborn will expand on the battles of the Civil War in eastern North Carolina, covering Wise’s Forks, New Bern, Goldsboro and Kinston.
Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. A frequent lecturer and tour leaders, he is also the co-author of “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro and the author of “Final Roll Call” Confederate Losses during the Carolinas Campaign.” Horace Mewborn is a veteran of the U.S. Special Forces with a career in the FBI. He has authored five articles for Blue and Gray Magazine and co-authored the book on Mosby’s command, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, for the H.E. Howard Virginia Regimental series. Along with Sokolosky, he is an experienced leader of Civil War battlefield tours.
Governor Richard Caswell: The Old North State’s First Governor
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Joe Mobley, Author and Historian
Richard Caswell came to North Carolina at age 16. By age 18 he was Assistant Surveyor General for the state. At age 23 he was Clerk of Court, then High Sherriff. He went on to serve in the Colonial Assembly for 20 years, then the Continental Congress, and as North Carolina’s 1st and 5th Governor. This extraordinary man had been a loyal British subject who fought against the Regulator rebellion, yet he emerged during the Revolution as a vital leader of the Patriot cause and embraced Americas revolutionary fervor.
Joe A. Mobley has worked with the Division of Archives and History of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, serving as archivist, historical researcher and historical publications editor. Until his retirement, he served as editor in chief of the North Carolina Historical review. Currently, he teaches courses in North Carolina history at NC State University and Louisburg College. He has published several works of history, and has won the 2006 North Caroliniana Book Award. His most recent book is North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell, Founding Father and Revolutionary Hero, and will discuss that at Lunch & Learn.