ESU Colonial NC Branch

Message from the President

Dear Colonial NC Branch Members and Friends,

Although we hoped the pandemic would be just a bad memory when we scheduled the many interesting 20/21 monthly programs, our hopes for the most part, did not become a reality. The September program was held via zoom, and the October program, held at the New Bern Civic Theatre, had few attendees, However, both were recorded and are on our website for members to view from the comfort of their home.

Realizing the option to gather socially is months away, the Board of Directors, after much discussion, made the decision to cancel the remaining programs and meetings scheduled through February with plans to reschedule them in the coming 2021/2022 year.

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News And Events

Annual Shakespeare Competition – Online judging March 13

The Shakespeare Competition with high school students will take place as a virtual competition with area schools and students sending in their entries to Branch member Bob Husson. Student entries will be posted online by the March 13 judging. A private link to the presentations will be provided to members before the judging date, along with the student and school information.


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Hamlet Presentation with Dr. Armitage


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"The Ultimate Sir Archie Experience" 

On Wednesday September 2nd at 1:00 p.m., James Payne Beckwith presented, All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Grand Match Race of 1823, via Zoom for Members of the Colonial NC Branch. 

You can view the full presentation bellow. 

Beckwith's presentation tells the story of Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie and became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred. His son Henry, foaled near Halifax, NC, ran against Diomed's grandson, American Eclipse in the Great Match Race of 1823 in Long Island. This was the first sporting event to capture the imagination of the young republic, causing Congress to adjourn and the stock market to close. Program includes an exhibit of "all things Archie".


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