Welcome to the ESU...

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a membership organization whose mission is carried out locally by the efforts of Branch members.  As an ESU member, you are contributing both financially and personally to programs that enrich the lives of students and educators through a diverse range of local and national programs.  Additionally, members expand their own social network by being invited to cultural and social events, speakers and book author events, regional and national events as well as invitations to international travel opportunities.

We invite you to join the Research Triangle, NC Branch of the English-Speaking Union.  We welcome new members to join our fellowship in fulfilling the mission of the ESU and to enjoy the social and cultural events we hold throughout the year.  We hope that the open exchange of ideas and experiences we provide will benefit you and the Research Triangle community.

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Membership dues are as follows:

Single $60
Couple $85

Consider Joining as a National Patron

National Patron Membership provides higher level support to programs that enrich the lives of our members, teachers, and thousands of high school and college students nationwide.  National Patrons receive local and national recognition and invitations to exclusive events.  Up to one half of your contribution can be designated to support your branch. 

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Tax Information: The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a 501(c)(3) organization .  Membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Federal Tax ID: 13-1623995


The English-Speaking Union

Research Triangle NC Branch

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events for
2016-2017 Season
Save the Dates!

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Private Tour and Tea, Exhibit of British Art at NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, showcasing their permanent collection of Old Master British paintings and sculpture from 1580 to 1850 

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Picnic at Milburnie Fishing Club, 1308 Old Milburnie Rd., Raleigh 

Sunday, January 8, 2017
"Twelfth Night" Celebration 

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Shakespeare Competition 

April 2017 
Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program, TBA 

Recent Events

October 4, 2015
Season Kick-off at Milburnie Fishing Club,
1308 Old Milburnie Rd., Raleigh

November 8, 2015 
12:30 PM Sunday Brunch University Club, Raleigh
Civil War expert Dr. Ted Kunstling spoke on "The Surrender of Raleigh, April 13, 1865" 

January 10, 2016
3 PM Twelfth Night Celebration

February 18, 2016
Shakespeare Competition
William Peace University, Raleigh

April 2016
Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program: retired English schoolteacher Simon Claxton spoke on his experience as a schoolboy in America interviewing William Faulkner

May 6, 2016 
Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit, Grand Opening
North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh