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North Carolina State Budget Causes Concerns for Tryon Palace

North Carolina State Budget Causes Concerns for Tryon Palace

RALEIGH, NC July 9, 2014 – Uncertainty clouds North Carolina’s first state capitol. Negotiations are underway between the House and the Senate for funding of Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center. Senate budget leaders did not include adequate funding for Tryon Palace relative to the House and Governor’s versions. Specifically, the House budget included an allocation of $400,000 to the $100,000 previously budgeted for Tryon Palace, the minimum needed to keep the Palace and the complex open to the public at current service levels. The Governor’s proposed budget gave Tryon Palace $520,000. “Tryon Palace is truly one of North Carolina’s gems that helps preserve and present a significant part of our state’s history to a wide range of […]

Fairfield Harbour Helps Residents Prepare For Hurricane Season With Workshop On June 19

Fairfield Harbour Helps Residents Prepare For Hurricane Season With Workshop On June 19

Local Boating And Golf Community To Host “BRACE For The Storm” And Present Information On Preparing For And Recovering From Hurricane Damage NEW BERN, NC June 18, 2014 – Fairfield Harbour, a residential boating and golf community located 15 minutes from historic New Bern, has announced it will host a free, online hurricane preparedness workshop by the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) titled “BRACE for the Storm” on Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. The workshop is designed to prepare homeowners for hurricanes and the potential resulting damage on their homes. In addition, attendees will also learn how to save money on the windstorm portion of their homeowner’s insurance. According to the State of Climate Office of North […]

July 4th Celebrations at N.C. Historic Sites and Museums

July 4th Celebrations at N.C. Historic Sites and Museums

RALEIGH, NC June 18, 2014 – A few N.C. State Historic Sites and museums are open July 4th with special observations. Plan your special day, or add an event to your vacation beach week at some of these destinations in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. East Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. USAF Heritage of America Concert. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform patriotic standards in the Outdoor Pavilion. The Town of Manteo will provide fireworks. Concert at 8 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free. Historic Halifax, Halifax. Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate 238 years of independence in the town where the spirit of independence was born with the Halifax Resolves in April […]

Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Garden Lovers Weekend Spans April 11-13 NEW BERN, NC March 5, 2014 – Tryon Palace brings spring into full bloom with Garden Lovers Weekend, held April 11-13. Free garden admission will be offered all weekend, while the Heritage Plant Sale is limited to April 11-12, and the 6th annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will only be held on April 12. Enjoy more than 14 acres of Tryon Palace gardens for free during Garden Lovers Weekend. Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms across the Palace gardens, which include the Kitchen Garden and the Latham Memorial Garden. All gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. […]

Vincent Colyer, Freedmen’s Friend

Vincent Colyer, Freedmen’s Friend

RALEIGH, NC March 31, 2014 – On March 31, 1862, Vincent Colyer was appointed Superintendent of the Poor for the Union’s Department of North Carolina. Stationed in the occupied town of New Bern, Colyer immediately set about employing African Americans as skilled laborers to work on fortifications for the town. He managed to have three sets of earthworks constructed during his brief tenure. Colyer set up schools to educate the African Americans, but ran afoul of Edward Stanly, who was serving as the military governor of North Carolina. Stanly was under orders to restore North Carolina to the Union as it was before the Secession movement, and in Stanly’s view that meant that educating blacks was illegal. Colyer successfully appealed […]

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 14, 2014 – On March 14, 1862, the Battle of New Bern was fought. The Battle was second of three major engagements in an expedition led by Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside. The first was at Roanoke Island in early February. After capturing the Island and securing the region, Burnside set his sights on New Bern, a strategic port. The advance on New Bern was a strategic success and provided a boost to Burnside’s reputation. He threw all available resources into the effort. Leaving a single brigade to guard Roanoke Island, Burnside’s fleet sailed on March 11, stopping at Hatteras where they were joined by an additional 13 gunboats, amassing a combined force of 11,000 men. On March […]

Palace Opens New Exhibit, Hosts Encampment during Civil War Weekend

Palace Opens New Exhibit, Hosts Encampment during Civil War Weekend

Activities Held March 15-16 at Academy Museum, Historic Homes, N.C. History Center NEW BERN, NC Mar. 7, 2014 – Discover the impact the Civil War had on American families as Tryon Palace brings the 1860s back to life during “Civil War Weekend: A Family Divided.” Held March 15-16, Civil War Weekend includes a military encampment, cannon drills, take-home crafts, special tours, and the grand opening of a new Civil War exhibit at the Academy Museum entitled, “Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories.”   “This year, I think Civil War Weekend is bringing a level of excitement to the Academy Museum that we haven’t seen in several years,” said Philippe Lafargue, acting director for Tryon Palace. “We have activities […]

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update February 20, 2014

NC Senator Harry Brown Constituent Update February 20, 2014

Senator Harry Brown CONSTITUENT UPDATE Jones and Onslow Counties- 6th District 300-B Legislative Office Building 300 N. Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603 Phone (919)-715-3034 Fax (919)-715-7586 E-mail harry.brown@ncleg.net February 20, 2014 This is just a reminder that my office will be accepting applications for the North Carolina Senate Page Program through Friday, February 28, 2014.  This program allows youth the opportunity to see first-hand how laws are made by participating in the legislative process.  Each page is appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of a Senator and serves for one week when the General Assembly is in session.  The General Assembly will reconvene for the 2014 Short Session on Wednesday, May 14.   Applicants […]

Twin Rivers Quilters Exhibition Stitches Together Folk Art, History

Twin Rivers Quilters Exhibition Stitches Together Folk Art, History

NEW BERN, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – The Twin Rivers Quilters Guild Exhibition will open at Tryon Palace’s Duffy Gallery this Friday, Feb. 21. Highlighting the convergence of memories, history, and craft through quilting, this beautifully-pieced show features locally-made quilts, and is free to the public. For over almost 200 years, quilts and quilting have been one of the key ways for American women to commemorate people and times past, and to preserve communities across long distances. This tradition comes to life in the Duffy Gallery with award-winning quilts that span five generations. Nearly 50 members of the guild have at least one quilt in the exhibition, each commemorating the color and design of American life—Native Americans, cowboys, Route 66— […]

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

Closings at North Carolina State Historic Sites and Museums for Feb. 11

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 11, 2014 – Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are operating on different schedules Feb. 11. They include: East CSS Neuse, Kinston – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, Fremont – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras  N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort  Somerset Place, Creswell – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Tryon Palace, New Bern – closed Feb. 11 Central Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks – closes Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville  – closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site — closes Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. All other state historic sites and museums currently are on a normal schedule. Call ahead […]