News And Events

News And Events

Welcome from the President

Welcome to our refreshed website! We have the entire year's schedule in brief to the left, the updated officer and board members to the right, and details about our upcoming program (to be changed each month) just below this note. There is also a picture album from out last event of the 2021/22 year, The Queen's Birthday Tea and Annual Meeting, in the photo section.

You can contact us by email, in writing to our post office box, or find us on Facebook by clicking on the icon at the bottom right.

Bob Husson, President

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Madwoman - A Tale of Nellie Bly

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Thursday September 8, 5:00 p.m.

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The Gaspee Affair - Jay Deloach

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HMS Gaspee on fire after running aground

Wednesday, March 30, 3:00 p.m.
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center

Free and Open to the Public

On June 9, 1772 an incident in the small colony of Rhode Island ignited a maelstrom of fury between Great Britain and her colonial subjects in America. This incident in shoal waters of Narragansett Bay was the destruction of the grounded His Majesty's Ship "Gaspee" by Rhode Island citizens. This seditious act against King George III set into motion several punitive actions by Great Britain and an equal number of reactions from her American subjects compounding an already strained relationship. Its aftermath was significant, fanning the smoldering embers of rebellion and uniting the colonies in unexpected ways.

A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, DeLoach's career includes service on submarines, assignments with Naval Intelligence, 7th Fleet and Joint Staff. As an adjunct professor at the Naval War College, he taught Joint Marine Operations. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of the Navy, DeLoach led the transformation of the Naval History and Heritage Command. He is the former President of the New Bern Chapter of the NC Sons of the American Revolution and currently leads the entire NC Society of SAR.

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The Campaign to Retake Detroit, 1813

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Saturday, January 15, 1 p.m., Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern

Free and Open to the Public - $5 donation suggested for ESU non-members

Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Dr. David Skaggs' presentation is an account of the cooperation between Maj Gen. William H. Harrison and Commodore Oliver H. Perry to secure American dominance of Lake Erie by driving out the Royal Navy and British Army. Dr. Skaggs, a professor emeritus of history from Ohio's Bowling Green State University, has held visiting professorships at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, East Carolina University and the Air War College. He is the author and editor of thirteen books dealing with Colonial and Revolutionary America and United States military history.

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ESU Colonial NC Branch Queen’s Birthday and Annual Meeting

The ESU Colonial NC Branch Queen's Birthday and Annual Meeting, held on June 12th at the New Bern Golf & Country Club was a grand affair attended by 60 members and guests.  Following her welcome remarks, President Elinor Kelly recognized special guests, Dr. Julia Van de Water, Chair of the Regional Representatives of the ESU leadership in New York, and the Region 1V representative Darlene Brown, the Executive Director of Craven County Partners in Education (PIE), the fundraising organization that raises money for the Craven County School System, April King, Executive Director of the Craven Literacy Council and Charles Wethington, Director of the Community College Foundation.

The two families of the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the ESU English Second Language Merit Award, Ruay Htoo -2020, Spencer Ha were recognized. They were chosen by the teachers of the ESL program through the Craven County School System and the Branch contribution is given to PIE for this program. In addition to an annual contribution of $1,000 to PIE, each ESL student recipient receive $100 and a certificate of achievement.

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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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