The New Bern Historical Society brings our 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 presentations feature guest speakers, genealogy presentations, historical book signings, and much more.
The annual Dr. Richard K. Lore Lecture in November 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.
The French Lost Colony in Eastern North Carolina
presented by Dr. Dudley Marchi
June 22 at 6:30 pm
Cullman Hall, NC History Center
Did you know that there is a significant French heritage in Eastern North Carolina? The first European explorers to this region in the early sixteenth century were French. Local legend has it that there was even a lost colony of French Huguenots along the Trent River during the early 1700s. What is the source of this legend? Was the French colony truly lost? Dr. Dudley Marchi, Professor of Humanities at NC State University, will trace the early days of French settlement in this region and explore the subtle but significant French influence that remains to this day. In French, the word “histoire” means both history and story. This intriguing presentation will be a mélange of both, conveying the French heritage of NC through images of places, people, maps, and historical documents.
Dr. Dudley Marchi is a Professor of Humanities at NC State University, where he teaches courses on European history, art, and French-American relations. He is passionate about history and French and has an avid interest in North Carolina history. Marchi is a 1982 graduate of UMass Amherst, with a BA in English, American, and Comparative Literature. He received his M.A. in Comparative Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, and Ph.D. in the same from Columbia. This presentation on "La Colonie Perdue" is part of a larger research project which culminated with the publication of his latest book "The French Heritage of North Carolina." Marchi will remain after the presentation for a book signing, with his book available for purchase onsite from the Tryon Palace bookstore.
Cost for this program is $10 for Historical Society members; $13 for nonmembers. Advance registration is recommended. Doors open at 5:30; program begins at 6:30pm.