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This Month in New Bern History – December 2023

To Love and to Cherish, ’til Death do us Part by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Photo courtesy of Afroculture.net Our 3d annual History Quest historical scavenger hunt featured the touching story of Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher, a local couple buried side by side in a small James City cemetery. The Fishers have the

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This Month in New Bern History – November 2023

Giving Thanks in the Midst of War by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society   Alfred R Waud sketch, Thanksgiving 1861, courtesy of the Library of Congress via www.ancientfaces.com   During November our thoughts often turn to family, food and home in preparation for Thanksgiving. Although we often associate the story of the Pilgrims’

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This Month in New Bern History – Oct 2023

With a Name Like Schmocker… er, Bern, It Has to be Good by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society New Bern, NC City Hall clock tower; photo courtesy https://downtownnewbernhistory. blogspot.com/2012/06 The April 1, 1982, New Bern Sun Journal newspaper had an interesting article about the number of towns, cities, townships, and other geographic entities

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This Month in New Bern History – Sep 2023

High Hopes and Steadfast Belief by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Map courtesy David Rumsey Historic Map Collection; https://davidrumsey.oldmapsonline.org/. At the start of the Civil War in 1861, the small towns of Deer Isle, Maine and Charlotte, North Carolina were about as far apart geographically, ideologically, and socioeconomically as they could be. Situated

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This Month in New Bern History – July 2023

A Grand House Finds A Home by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Photo credit Ben Lindemann, New Bern, @benlindemannphotography The Historical Society’s 100th Anniversary celebration continues and with it comes an opportunity to reflect upon our long history as an organization. The Society had a rousing start, but due to the Depression and

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This Month in New Bern History – May 2023

Another New Bern History Mystery by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society Poster published on behalf of the Naval Rendezvous, New Berne, North Carolina, 2 November 1863. Photograph from the Naval Records Collection in the U.S. National Archives. During the Civil War, women were not allowed to enlist in the military. In previous articles

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This Month in New Bern History – Apr 2023

How it All Began by Claudia Houston, Historian, New Bern Historical Society The New Bern Historical Society proudly celebrated its 100th Anniversary on April 19, 2023! A century of service is a significant achievement for any organization, especially a small nonprofit. The Historical Society’s mission today is “to promote and celebrate New Bern and its

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