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, salad, dessert, bread, 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.
For Want of a Railroad: The Battle of Wise’s Fork
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.
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; a delicious Chelsea lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made in by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558, or by clicking here. Lunch choices are: Salmon Bruschetta topped with tomato, basil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese or Sautéed Chicken Breast with lemon garlic veloute sauce. Both are served over rice pilaf with seasonal vegetables and come with salad, dessert, bread, iced tea, and coffee.
Save the dates and watch for more on upcoming Lunch & Learn programs:
Thursday, October 12, 2017: Talkin’ Tarheel with Walt Wolfram
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Sorry you missed it! A look at past Lunch & Learn programs:
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.
The History of the New Bern Fire Department
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Chief Bobby Boyd, New Bern Fire-Rescue Department
From rivalries to a single unit, from Fred the Firehorse to modern equipment, from pre-Civil War inception to post 9-11 changes. New Bern Fire Chief Bobby Boyd will discuss the evolution of the New Bern Fire Department, the oldest chartered fire department in the state. Join the Chief and the New Bern Historical Society for Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, March 8 at 11:30am at The Chelsea for an interesting look at the Fire Department, its history and its current status.
Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Boyd’s career with New Bern Fire-Rescue is in its 31st year. He joined the Department in 1986 as a volunteer firefighter. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the career forces in 1991. He was promoted to Captain in 1994, Battalion Chief in 2001, Deputy Chief of Operations in 2003 and Fire-Rescue Chief in 2015. His own outstanding history provides a great vantage point from which to consider the department’s history.
The Rhone Sisters: A Force for New Bern
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Carol Becton, Retired educator, NBHS board member, community leader
The Rhone sisters – Charlotte, Henrietta, Carrie, and Amy — lived and worked in New Bern from the mid-1870s until middle 1960s, but their legacy as community leaders lives on today. Charlotte was the first African American registered nurse in the state, and perhaps in the country. She was also the first black social worker in Craven County rising to Assistant Superintendent of the County Welfare Department. Deeply committed to rebuilding the black community after the Great Fire of 1922, Charlotte and her sisters were founding members of the Climbers Club in 1921 and were instrumental in opening the West Street Library for blacks. The dynamic sisters owned and managed the Rhone Hotel, one of only a handful of hotels in eastern NC for black travelers.
Retired Trent Park Elementary School Principal Carol Becton will share the story of the Rhone Sisters. Mrs. Becton worked in the Craven County School System for 34 years, and has served the community on many Boards and organizations. She is an active member of Theta Beta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the New Bern Climber’s Club, serving as chaplain in both organizations. So, she is just the one to tell this story.
Not A Soldier, But A Scoundrel: The Lives and Deaths of George W. Graham
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Heidi Crabtree, Author
George W. Graham joined the Union Army in 1861. He started out as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 24th New York Independent Artillery and transferred to the 3rd New York Cavalry. He gained some fame as the man who burned the bridge at the Battle of Goldsboro Bridge in North Carolina. However he would soon be remembered more for his pillaging while he was with the 1st North Carolina Union Volunteers. Later, as a commander of the first of the Buffalo Soldier troops, he met Buffalo Bill, served with Medal of Honor winner Louis H. Carpenter, and was suspected of running a gang of horse thieves. After being court-martialed at Fort Leavenworth he moved further west where his reputation as an outlaw and troublemaker followed. By the time he died at the hands of a town fed up with his meanness and attitude, he’d made national newspaper headlines. Despite being the kind of imaginative story one would see in Western pulps, his was quickly forgotten.
Heidi Crabtree is a military spouse whose interest in the fascinating life of Captain George W. Graham culminated in the publication of the book Not A Soldier, But A Scoundrel: The Lives and Deaths of George W. Graham. Her book is the result of three years of research, beginning with the author’s discovery of a lone photograph in Kansas, and ending after extensive travel and examination of yellowing papers in various archives. It is not a book detailing Civil War battles or history of the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, but a biography of a soldier who had many chances, and who attempted to rewrite his own history.
Mark Twain: Reflections on the Peculiar Institution and Other Reminiscences From His Youth
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Bill Hand, Journalist/Author/Actor
The Society will start our 2016-17 Lunch and Learn season with a bang! Local actor, author and reporter Bill Hand will perform a variation of his one-man show, Mark Twain, Day and Night Hand, a columnist for the New Bern Sun Journal takes on the role of the writer who has been described as “the original rock star.” Though known now for his writing, Twain also found fame on the lecture circuit, touring America early in his career and, later, speaking around the world to pay off huge debts. Bill Hand’s performance brings those later tours to life, portraying Mark Twain with a mix of his stories and observations about the “damned human race” with stories specifically about New Bern. Folks that missed his performance earlier this year will want to make sure to attend. Hand is a reporter and photographer for the New Bern Sun Journal. He is active in local theatre recently in the role of Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman at Rivertowne Players. He also directed The Rainmaker at New Bern Civic Theatre. Hand is writer and director for his own production company, Athens of the South Productions, that is known for its dinner theatre shows. One of his favored projects is Ghostwalk for New Bern Historical Society where, for more than 20 years, he has directed the ghosts that appear in Cedar Grove Cemetery. On more than one occasion, he has taken on ghostly roles himself.