All Lunch & Learn events start promptly at 11:30 am at the Carolina Colours Pavilion, 3300 Waterscape Way, Carolina Colours.
Beginning January 2023, cost for Lunch & Learn is $24 for Historical Society members and $27 for non-members, which includes the program, delicious entree, bread, dessert, iced tea, coffee, and gratuity.  Prepaid reservations are required, either online or by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.  Please select your menu option when ordering.  Paper tickets are not issued; simply check in at the door with your confirmation.

Women's History Month Program


The Dreamers—The Doers!
Five Women Who Moved a Neighborhood & Rebuilt a Palace
Presented by Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian
March 15, 2023 at 11:30am
at Carolina Colours Pavilion

In an era when women didn't have the freedom to open a checking account or apply for credit, a group of dynamic women undertook an ambitious project: the removal of the 200-block of George Street, relocation of a major highway, and the reconstruction of North Carolina's first permanent capitol, Tryon Palace. New Bern would not be the place it is without the visionary leadership of Minnette Chapman Duffy, Maude Moore Latham, Kate B. Reynolds, May Gordon Kellenberger, Ruth Coltrane Cannon, and Gertrude Sprague Carraway. Together, they worked tirelessly for the next 30 years to make the dream of a reconstructed Tryon Palace a reality. Who better to tell their story than Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings? Lindy will share insights into their roles as visionaries, philanthropists, and motivators.

Prepaid reservations required. Cost is $24 for Historical Society members and $27 for nonmembers, which includes your meal, drinks, service, and gratuity. Entree choices are Honeymoon Chicken (hand-breaded chicken with creamy sauce) ~ or ~ Mahi Bruschetta. Both are served with rice pilaf, sauteed zucchini and squash, lemon layer cake, rolls, iced tea, and coffee. Cash bar is available.

Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings was born and raised in Northeast Indiana. She holds a BA in history from Indiana/Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Master of Arts from Miami University of Ohio, and has completed additional graduate work at University of Maryland College Park. Lindy joined Tryon Palace in 2016. Prior to that, she worked for the William Homes McGuffey Museum, Oxford Ohio; University of Maryland Department of Preservation; and Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Wilmington, North Carolina. She lives with her husband and two daughters in New Bern’s Riverside Historic District.

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