ESU Colonial NC Branch

Welcome from the President

Welcome Photo

New Officers (from left): Susan Moffat-Thomas, Vice President, Barbara Dotterer, President, Ray Savage, Secretary, Malcolm Taylor, Treasurer

Welcome to the 2019-20 year of the Colonial NC Branch! We have a varied program for the year and we hope you will be able to join us. A tentative schedule is attached here. Note our exciting Shakespeare Initiative described below. And be sure to return to this space often for updates, details, and directions for all the programs. We are always eager to welcome new members. Contact us at any time at:

Barbara Dotterer, President

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News And Events

American Shakespeare Center Teacher Training

Chris Johnston and John Harrell in Arden of Faversham 2019. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker.

Join the Colonial NC Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States for a day of teacher training with the world-class Education Team of the American Shakespeare Center. Great chance for a useful Professional Day!

Cure your ShakesFear with hands-on workshops that you can take right to the classroom, led by our Director of Education, Sarah Enloe, and Education Associate, Aubrey Whitlock.

When: Friday, November 1 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Where: Craven Community College, New Bern, Room TBA

Cost: $35.00 (includes lunch, ASC Study Guide, & CEU Letter)

For more information or to reserve a place, contact Bob Husson at

No limit on teachers per school.


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The History of Downtown New Bern’s Renaissance

October 24 Luncheon Program

The History of Downtown New Bern's Renaissance, presented by Susan Moffat-Thomas, is a luncheon program that will be held on Thursday, October 24 at the Chelsea Restaurant, 11:30 am. The cost for the luncheon is $18 for members, $22 non-members, with a menu choice of shrimp and grits, baked salmon or chicken bruschetta. To reserve a place, send a check made out to: ESU NC Colonial Branch along with menu choice to P.O. Box 645, New Bern, NC 28563.

Moffat-Thomas, retired Executive Director, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp., will provide an overview of the post WWII decline of downtown, the demolition of its waterfront and how the establishment in 1979 of Swiss Bear, Inc., (a private nonprofit), in partnership with local government, was the catalyst for downtown New Bern's rebirth as a vibrant center of civic and social activity and a broad-based renewal effort that is a positively impacting all of Craven County. The power point presentation includes numerous before and after photos that reinforce the dramatic changes that took place over the past 40 years.


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November 2019 Program: The American Revolution - A Maritime Conflict

On Saturday, November 16, 12 pm, the presentation, The American Revolution – A Maritime Conflict, by Jay DeLoach, Rear Admiral, USN Ret., (will be held in the Craven Community College Nauman Room in the Student Center). Members and guests attending the program, jointly sponsored by the Coastal Carolina Council of the Navy League, have the option of pre-ordering lunch provided by Savage's Woodburning Pizzeria (see menu details below).  

While Americans associate the American Revolution as mostly a series of land battles, the maritime component of this conflict played a central and quite significant role in achieving our independence from England.  Admiral DeLoach discusses the roles and weaknesses of the British Royal Navy during this conflict, the fledgling Continental and State Navies, the significant impact of privateers, and the strategic contributions from France, Spain, and Holland who together challenged England for command of the seas.    

Rear Admiral Jay DeLoach graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and served on submarines as well as several assignments with Naval Intelligence, 7th Fleet, and Joint Staff.  He earned three Masters degrees in Management, Nuclear Engineering, and National Security & Strategic Studies. He also served as an adjunct professor for the Naval War College and taught Joint Maritime Operations.  After retirement from the military, he became a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of the Navy and led the transformation of the Naval History & Heritage Command as its 12th Director from 2008-2012.  He is currently the President of the New Bern Chapter of the NC Sons of the American Revolution. His Patriot Ancestor, Hardy DeLoach, was born and raised in Edgecombe County, NC then moved to SC where he served in the militia in the Upper Granville Regiment as part of Francis Marion's Brigade.  Admiral DeLoach also served on the submarine USS Patrick Henry named after the famous "Give me Liberty or give me Death" orator, first Virginia governor, and his 4th generation great grandfather.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

Join members of the American Shakespeare Center's Education Department for a day of active training. CEUs are on offer. See the attached flyer.


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High School Shakespeare Contest March 7, 2020

As before, we will be sponsoring a regional contest for high school students with the winner advancing to the national finals in New York City.The date is March 7, 2020, on the stage of Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. More on that later.


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The English-Speaking Union

Colonial NC Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.