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The New Bern Historical Society brings local history to life with a variety of interesting educational programs. Whether you're a newcomer or a New Bern native, there's so much to learn about our fascinating local heritage! Our special programs feature guest speakers, genealogy presentations, historical book signings, and more. 

The annual Dr. Richard K. Lore Lecture features regionally and nationally-known speakers of historic note, followed by a light reception.  Not just for history buffs!  

The annual Civil War Program brings engaging guest speakers to share all the things they didn't teach you in history class.  All proceeds directly benefit the preservation of Battlefield Park.

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New Bern in the American Revolution

Presented by Lindy Cummings, Research Historian at Tryon Palace

August 22, 2024 at Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm.

Reservations open July 18

In April 1774, William Hooper, a delegate to the First Continental Congress, wrote to a fellow North Carolinian that the American colonists were “striding fast to independence.” How did this journey unfold in a town like New Bern? What were the consequences of the conflict? Join Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings as we explore the events of the American Revolution in New Bern. This discussion will put special focus on the early stages of the conflict as we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the New Bern Resolves and continue in our series leading up to America250.

Join the New Bern Historical Society and Tryon Palace for this special program on Thursday, August 22nd at 7pm at the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall at 529 S. Front St. No cost; reservations are recommended. Register here or call 252-638-8558 to reserve your spot. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Who better to tell this story than Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings? A popular speaker, Lindy 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. Prior to joining Tryon Palace in 2016, 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. Lindy lives with her husband and two daughters in New Bern’s Riverside Historic District.

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