Our most popular Facebook posts are Wednesday's "What's in the Attic with Jim?"  There we explore some of the unusual photos or artifacts that Curator Jim has in our collection.  

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So who is Jim?  Our volunteer Curator, Jim Hodges, is a native New Bernian and retired dentist, who believes working at the Historical Society is the greatest senior day care ever!  Jim manages the 7000+ photos, documents, and artifacts in our collection, which means he's often found upstairs in the attic unearthing a new find.

Hey, Cool Suit!

June 21, 2023

We asked our curator, Jim, for the story behind “North Cool Avenue” off Queen Street downtown. Here’s what he shared this week for “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” It turns out North Cool Avenue gets its name from the “Northcool” […]

Honoring the Flag

June 14, 2023

It’s Wednesday, and Flag Day, so “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” In this photograph (ca. 1950s) we have the Boy Scouts from Pack 384 proudly marching the “Stars and Stripes” in a parade down Broad Street approaching the intersection of […]

New Bern (Still) on the Move

May 31, 2023

On Wednesday, we find out “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” We’ve really enjoyed the many images and excitement surrounding the movement and preservation efforts of the Tisdale House last week – that truly was a tremendous feat! With that still […]

Bear Plaza’s Poignant Past

May 24, 2023

Every Wednesday, we bring you “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” Today our curator, Jim, shared these images from our collection – so we set out to put history in context for you! Long before families gathered in this spot for […]

A Remarkable Restoration

May 17, 2023

Last weekend’s Heritage Homes Tour took us west on Pollock Street visiting a couple beautiful homes, which might explain why this photo jumped out at us from our collection today! We love it when old buildings make HUGE restoration comebacks, and […]

Let it Snow!

May 10, 2023

It’s Wednesday and we’ve got some good news. First, it’s NOT going to snow. Second, here’s your weekly installment of “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” We’re all getting excited for this weekend with our Annual Heritage Homes Tour approaching – […]

Creaky Floors & Popcorn Smells

May 3, 2023

Wednesday already!? It sure feels like we time-travel around here, but it’s always a joy to discover “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” Our Curator, Jim, recently uncovered this photo and we’re thrilled to share a historical view looking North-West across […]

Everyone’s Favorite

April 26, 2023

It’s Wednesday, so we sit down with our Curator to find out “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” Flipping through our extensive photo collection, we couldn’t resist sharing the fascinating story and images of New Bern’s favorite General Store – Mitchell […]

Ocean Highway Highlight

April 5, 2023

It’s Wednesday – time for our weekly installment of “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” With Spring break upon us, so many families are packing bags to hit the road for vacation. Today we travel back to the 1940s in a […]

Rolling Down Memory Lane

March 29, 2023

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for “What’s in the Attic with Jim?” Today, we take a stroll down memory lane…well, Pollock Street to be precise! This great photo from the Historical Society’s collection dates back to 1914 and has you […]

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