This Month in New Bern, June 2019
What Happened in New Bern in June
by Claudia Houston, New Bern Historical Society
New Bern loves to celebrate! Our history is replete with stories of parties, balls, parades, tournaments and festivals. On June 11, 1929 one such elaborate celebration occurred. What was so special about our 219th birthday?
The date was not especially significant, but the social and economic climate of the town was. The Roaring Twenties in New Bern was a time of optimism, idealism, and great economic growth. WWI was over, business was booming and New Bern was being touted as the ideal city to live, work and invest in, even being promoted as “The Land of Enchanting Waters.”
Twenty years prior, a young woman from Tennessee, Minnette Chapman, moved to ...