Lunch and Learn

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
African American Inventors
Did you know that Dr. Charles Drew’s system for the storing of blood plasma (blood bank) revolutionized the medical profession? Did you know Dr. Drew also established the first American Red Cross blood bank, of which he was the first director, and he organized the world’s first blood bank drive?  Learn more about Dr. Drew and other innovative African Americans as Carol Becton presents “African American Inventors” at the New Bern Historical Society’s Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:30 am at The Chelsea Restaurant.

Mrs. Becton attended North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, and Undenominational Bible Institute.  She worked in the Craven County school system for 34 years retiring as principal of Trent Park Elementary in 2008. Carol was married to the late Capt. James E. Becton of the New Bern Police Department for 34 years and has three children: J’vanete, Shade’, and Devin; and two grandchildren. She is a native of New Bern.

Carol is on the Board of Directors of the New Bern Historical Society, and has served many other organizations. She was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of New Bern’s Housing Authority in 2012. As an active member of Theta Beta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and The Climbers Club of New Bern, Carol serves as chaplain to both organizations.   Among her other civic activities are: Craven Regional Library Board of Trustees, Craven County Arts Council, Uptown Business Association, and the 300th Anniversary Committee.

Lunch choices are: New Orleans Shrimp Pasta,  shrimp, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and scallions tossed with Cajun cream and Gemelli pasta, topped with cheddar-jack cheese; or, Meat Loaf, seasoned ground beef mixed with herbal bread crumbs and blend of cheeses, sliced, grilled, and served over fries with gravy and seasonal vegetable. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Where have all the young men gone … Searching for the Fallen
Historian Skip Riddle considers what happened to those who fought and died in the Battle of New Bern, March 14, 1862 at the March Lunch and Learn sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society.  He begins his journey with the simple question – I wonder what?  Although a simple question, the answer is not. Riddle explains, “We know by default that those who fell fighting for North Carolina were laid to rest beneath the soil of the Great North State, yet, what of the boys of the Federal side?”

Skip will explore where these men came to rest, weaving a tale of who is accounted for, who is buried in New Bern’s National Cemetery, and who was returned home by regiment.  A story and journey more intriguing than one would first assume. Skip will even examine how President Lincoln and Sgt. Hayre of the 51st NY are part of the Battle of New Bern’s story.

Skip is a member of the New Bern Historical Society, volunteer battlefield guide at the Historical Society’s New Bern Battlefield Park, and ‘ghost on call’ for Ghostwalk. He enjoys public speaking, and has written several articles dealing with the American Revolution and the Civil War. He resides in Greenville, NC since relocating in 1998.

Lunch choices are Cocoa Salmon – Cocoa rubbed salmon fillet, Pepsi cream sauce, rice pilaf and seasonal vegetable. Chicken Bruschetta – Sautéed chicken breast topped with tomato, basil, garlic and Parmesan over rice pilaf with seasonal vegetable

Join The New Bern Historical Society and Skip Riddle for lunch, and learn about the fate of those who gave their lives in the Battle of New Bern.

Sorry you missed it!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A History of the Historic Riverside Neighborhood

Tim Thompson kicks off this year’s Lunch and Learn series with a talk filled with the interesting history of New Bern’s “other” locally designated historic district and first suburb, Riverside. “A History of the Historic Riverside Neighborhood” will be presented Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:30 am at The Chelsea Restaurant. Thompson is a resident of Riverside, past president of the Historic Riverside Neighborhood Association, a board member of the New Bern Preservation Foundation, and chairman of the New Bern Historic Preservation Commission.  He has been researching the history of Riverside since moving there in 2005 and has collected personal recollections and photos of Riverside’s past and present.

Tickets are $15 for Historical Society members and $17 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.  Lunch choices are:   Red Eye Shrimpshrimp, andouille sausage and trinity vegetables tossed with java seasoning over creamed silver queen corn; or Mediterranean Chicken – chicken stuffed with artichokes, spinach, fire-roasted tomatoes and parmesan cheese topped with garlic veloute, rice and vegetable.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Early Religions in Colonial New Bern and Craven County

As Thanksgiving approaches we are reminded of the quest for freedom, often religious freedom, associated with our country’s earliest settlers. With that in mind the Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Lunch & Learn, featuring Victor T Jones, Jr, local historian and geneologist will be Early Religions in Colonial New Bern and Craven County, a program featuring the early Huguenots, Quakers and other sects in our area.

Victor is well known to anyone who has visited the Kellenberger Research Room at the New Bern Craven County Public Library, where he is department head. He is also President of the New Bern Genealogical Society.

Tickets are $15 for Historical Society members and $17 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.  Lunch choices areSouthern Barbecued Shrimp and Grits (shrimp sauteed with apple smoked bacon, tomatoes and scallions over creamy grits with brown butter barbecue sauce); and, Chicken Salad (House blend of chicken, mayonnaise, onions, celery and seasoning over mixed greens and cucumbers) served with fresh fruit and a slice of bread.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
African American Inventors
Did you know that Dr. Charles Drew’s system for the storing of blood plasma (blood bank) revolutionized the medical profession? Did you know Dr. Drew also established the first American Red Cross blood bank, of which he was the first director, and he organized the world’s first blood bank drive?  Learn more about Dr. Drew and other innovative African Americans as Carol Becton presents “African American Inventors” at the New Bern Historical Society’s Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:30 am at The Chelsea Restaurant.

Mrs. Becton attended North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, and Undenominational Bible Institute.  She worked in the Craven County school system for 34 years retiring as principal of Trent Park Elementary in 2008. Carol was married to the late Capt. James E. Becton of the New Bern Police Department for 34 years and has three children: J’vanete, Shade’, and Devin; and two grandchildren. She is a native of New Bern.

Carol is on the Board of Directors of the New Bern Historical Society, and has served many other organizations. She was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of New Bern’s Housing Authority in 2012. As an active member of Theta Beta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and The Climbers Club of New Bern, Carol serves as chaplain to both organizations.   Among her other civic activities are: Craven Regional Library Board of Trustees, Craven County Arts Council, Uptown Business Association, and the 300th Anniversary Committee.

Lunch choices are: New Orleans Shrimp Pasta,  shrimp, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and scallions tossed with Cajun cream and Gemelli pasta, topped with cheddar-jack cheese; or, Meat Loaf, seasoned ground beef mixed with herbal bread crumbs and blend of cheeses, sliced, grilled, and served over fries with gravy and seasonal vegetable. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Where have all the young men gone … Searching for the Fallen
Historian Skip Riddle considers what happened to those who fought and died in the Battle of New Bern, March 14, 1862 at the March Lunch and Learn sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society.  He begins his journey with the simple question – I wonder what?  Although a simple question, the answer is not. Riddle explains, “We know by default that those who fell fighting for North Carolina were laid to rest beneath the soil of the Great North State, yet, what of the boys of the Federal side?”

Skip will explore where these men came to rest, weaving a tale of who is accounted for, who is buried in New Bern’s National Cemetery, and who was returned home by regiment.  A story and journey more intriguing than one would first assume. Skip will even examine how President Lincoln and Sgt. Hayre of the 51st NY are part of the Battle of New Bern’s story.

Skip is a member of the New Bern Historical Society, volunteer battlefield guide at the Historical Society’s New Bern Battlefield Park, and ‘ghost on call’ for Ghostwalk. He enjoys public speaking, and has written several articles dealing with the American Revolution and the Civil War. He resides in Greenville, NC since relocating in 1998.

Lunch choices are Cocoa Salmon – Cocoa rubbed salmon fillet, Pepsi cream sauce, rice pilaf and seasonal vegetable. Chicken Bruschetta – Sautéed chicken breast topped with tomato, basil, garlic and Parmesan over rice pilaf with seasonal vegetable

Join The New Bern Historical Society and Skip Riddle for lunch, and learn about the fate of those who gave their lives in the Battle of New Bern.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Behind, “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”
Actor, singer, professor, and playwright Stuart Aronson will discuss how he came to breathe life into the infamous Blackbeard, the pirate. Aronson will share the inspiration behind his outdoor drama, “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”, and his research including the Blackbeard experts who advised him. He’ll also entertain with readings from scenes of “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”.

Aronson has been an entertainer for years. His career started early as a child radio and television star, appearing in early soap operas such as “Ma Perkins” and serials like “Captain Midnight”, “Terry and the Pirates”, and “Tom Mix”. In 1947 he co-starred in a radio drama with an up and coming actor named Myron Wallace. Mr. Wallace later changed his first name to Mike, and you know the rest of the story. After an early career in both radio and television, Stuart obtained his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in drama, and studied singing with the great operatic diva Rosa Raisa. He made his operatic debut with Chicago’s Pavanne Opera Theatre. He moved to Europe in 1960 where he performed opera in Italy, France, Germany and Israel. Upon his return to the United States he completed his master’s degree in theatre arts at American University and moved to Greenville, NC, where he taught speech and drama at ECU for 20 years. In l977 he wrote the outdoor drama, “Blackbeard, Knight of the Black Flag”, which ran in Bath, NC for twelve summers.   He also wrote and directed “Blackbeard’s Revenge”, which was performed for two summers at the Crystal Coast Amphitheatre.

Lunch and Learn is at The Chelsea Restaurant, 11:30 am Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Tickets are $16 for Historical Society members and $18 for non-members; lunch is included. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. Lunch choices are Taco Salad: southwestern ground beef, mixed greens, sliced jalapenos, cucumbers and tomatoes in a crisp tortilla bowl with cheddar-jack cheese and sour cream, or Salmon Brie Pasta: poached salmon, bacon, tomatoes, and green onions tossed with gemelli pasta and garlic Brie cream sauce.