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Winter 2008 Newsletter

Fascinating History, Beautiful Churches,
and New Bern in the Spring!

Friday-Saturday, April 18-19

New Bern is the perfect place for our spring tour this year — a lovely colonial town that is just full of beautiful and historic churches, as well as historic houses, museums, gardens, antiques, and, of course, Tryon Palace! In the fall of 1998 we had a marvelous tour of historic churches in New Bern, but it was on a weekend when many people could not come. So by popular request, we are meeting in New Bern again, this time in the spring, on April 18-19.

Our program and tour will include much of the rich and varied history of New Bern and Craven County. Palatine and Swiss settlers led by Christopher de Graffenried established New Bern in 1710. This early settlement was almost wiped out, however, during the Tuscarora War of 1711-1715. The community recovered gradually, and in the 1760s Gov. William Tryon decided to make New Bern the center of government for the colony of North Carolina. The building that was later dubbed Tryon Palace was built in 1770. At the start of the Revolution, Gov. Josiah Martin fled New Bern to take refuge on a British ship. The town was a flourishing port in the 19th century with a very diverse population.

   
 
First Presbyterian Church, New Bern

Our host church Friday evening will be the First Presbyterian Church, organized in 1817. Its beautiful frame Greek Revival building was completed in 1822. Its Session House, also known as the Lecture Hall, was completed in 1858. New Bern was captured by the Union Army after a fierce battle in March, 1862. The Presbyterian Church was requisitioned for use as a hospital and a lookout post, and worship services were discontinued. The building was in poor condition at the end of the war but was slowly restored.

As a port city, New Bern had many slaves who served as seamen, stevedores, domestics, blacksmiths, builders, etc. The town also had the largest population of free blacks in antebellum North Carolina, some of whom became well-to-do citizens and even slave owners. Slaves and free blacks were members of the Presbyterian Church before the war, and some continued their membership for years after the war. Finally, in 1878 Orange Presbytery agreed to organize a separate Presbyterian church for colored Presbyterians, as a mission of First Church. Ebenezer Presbyterian Church moved into its new building in 1880. Their first clerk of session was the lawyer George H. White, who later served in the state legislature and in Congress.

Did you know that there is only one rural Presbyterian church in Craven County? Built in 1884 between New Bern and Havelock, Croatan Presbyterian has a small but growing congregation and a beautiful frame building, which we will visit on Saturday.

The ecumenical part of our tour on Saturday will be just as fascinating as the Presbyterian part! Just around the corner from First Presbyterian is the beautiful synagogue, Temple B’Nai Sholem. There was a Jewish community in New Bern at least by 1865, when they bought land for a cemetery. Across the street is St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest Catholic church in North Carolina. Its most prominent member was US Sen. William Gaston. Centenary Methodist dates its congregation from the visit in 1772 of a protégé of Charles Wesley. We will see the beautiful stained glass windows in the present church. Christ Church, originally Church of England and now Episcopal, was the only church in colonial New Bern. It still has colonial grave markers in the churchyard and also gifts to the parish from King George II. The Baptists tried to establish a church in New Bern in 1741 and were arrested and flogged for their trouble. First Baptist was eventually organized in 1809, and the present building dates from 1848. We will be greeted there by Rev. Steven Fitzgerald, the son of our treasurer, Earl Fitzgerald, and his wife Penny.

Detailed information and the registration form can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Tryon Palace Gardens

Come Early, Stay Late!
Registration will not begin until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, and our meeting will conclude at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is so much to do and see in New Bern, and we hope you’ll take advantage of it. A ticket to the Tryon Palace complex costs $15 but is good for 2 days. Included are not only the reconstructed Governor’s House but also some of the original outbuildings, the beautiful formal gardens, the John Wright Stanly House (1780s), the Hay House (1816), the Dixon House (1830s), and the New Bern Academy Museum. The Hay House was built by a Scottish immigrant who was one of the founding members of the Presbyterian church. Another founding member was Kitty Stanly, wife of John Carruthers Stanly, the natural son of John Wright Stanly and one of his slaves. John C. Stanly became one of the wealthiest men in Craven County.

If you don’t want the full ticket, you can purchase admission to the gardens and outbuildings of Tryon Palace for $8. The gardens are spread out over the 13 acre site and should be very beautiful in April. Buildings (exceptthe Academy) and gardens are open Mon-Sat., 9-5, and Sunday 1-5. The New Bern Academy Museum is open Mon.-Sat. from 1-4:30. The last tour of the Governor’s House begins at 4 p.m. There is a 20-minute orientation video at the Visitor’s Center, and the Palace guided tour lasts 45 minutes. The other sites are self-guided, but the Stanly and Dixon houses have optional guided tours.

The New Bern Academy was incorporated by the General Assembly in 1766. The current building was built 1806-1809 and served as a school building until 1971. Exhibits include the history of New Bern; the city during the Civil War and Union occupation; and the architects and builders of New Bern.

Alternatively, just stroll around the city and waterfront. Stop by the Birthplace of Pepsi drug store, the Fireman’s Museum, or the many antique shops. There are four heritage walking tours with printable maps and descriptions at http://www.visitnewbern.com. If you don’t have access to the Web, call Barbara Cain for print-outs: 919-782-0944. There also are trolley tours of historic New Bern. They start across from the gates of Tryon Palace at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon. – Sat., and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs $15.

President’s Column

Dear NCPHS Members,

Early in the new year your executive board met at the Garner home of Ann and John Myhre for a working session (which also included a delicious lunch Ann had fixed for us). I think you would like to know that your officers made some plans for the Society that we hope will further its work and build on its previous successes. We want to involve more volunteers; streamline the preparation of the newsletter; bring in new leadership; extend planning for future meetings farther ahead; and strengthen the Society’s finances.

The opportunity for extended discussion of our goals and plans was very helpful. At our semi-annual meetings we never seem to have enough time to do all the Society’s business, but this session went very well and allowed fuller discussion of many matters. If you have suggestions for any of us about what you would like to see us do, or if you are interested in volunteering for any committee, project, or tour, please let any of us know.

The Spring Tour coming up in New Bern promises to be very interesting, historical, and even ecumenical. I hope you will make an effort to attend, even though travel time may be a bit longer than some of our recent tours. We are expecting beautiful spring weather! And we will hold our fall business meeting in Valdese, where the Waldensian Presbyterian church will be our host and a visit to the historical museum will be included. While in town we have a number of options for side trips, including a winery visit and a chance to shop at the former Waldensian bakery outlet.

NC Presbyterian history continues to fascinate, educate, and inform us. I hope you will continue to talk us up to your friends and promote us in your congregations. Enjoy your spring!

Don Saunders

Officers
Dr. Donald B. Saunders, President
P.O. Box 1846, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 295-8917

saundersdb@appstate.edu

Brenda Spence, Secretary
294 Fairway Lane, Sanford, NC 27332
Phone:  (919)-498-2159
tom-brenda@charter.net

Ann Myhre, Awards Chair
1005 Park Ave., Garner, NC 27529
Phone:  (919) 772-5514
ann@wrpc.org

Sally MacLeod Owens, Membership Chair
710 North Person Street #204
Raleigh, NC  27604-1276
Phone:  (919)-835-0920

Col. John Wray, Program Chair
2113 Yorkgate Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: (919) 782-3384 or 787-9754
coljohnwray@earthlink.net

Earl Fitzgerald, Treasurer
2213 Foxhorn Road
Trent Woods, NC 28562
Phone: (919)876-6665
efitzge@intrex.net

Barbara T. Cain, Newsletter Editor
1041 Shelley Road, Raleigh, NC  27609
Phone:  (919)-782-0944
btcain@nc.rr.com

Thomas K Spence, Past President
294 Fairway Lane, Sanford, NC 27332
Phone:  (919)-498-2159
tom-brenda@charter.net

Presbyterian Heritage Center to open at Montreat in May
The Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) at Montreat will hold its Grand Opening in Spence Hall on Memorial Day Weekend at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2008. It will open with two exhibits: “Celebrating 100 years of Presbyterian Heritage at Montreat (1907-2007)”, and “Centennial of the Great Korean Revival of 1907.” On July 4 a third exhibit will open, “Presbyterians in Appalachia,” and a fourth on August 3rd: “Women’s Leadership and Conferences in the Presbyterian Church, 1897-2007.” Each exhibit will run for a limited time only, so there will always be something new to see. There will be multimedia kiosks, video wall displays, and state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits, including Heritage History video interviews. Some of these interviews will be available online at their excellent website.

The research collections currently total several thousand books, as well as historic church and newspaper periodicals from the 19th and 20th centuries. There will also be online computer access to available resource materials at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, as well as other institutions.

Preservation News

Lloyd Presbyterian, Winston-Salem
Those of you who were on the Forsyth County tour in 2004 will remember this pretty frame church on Chestnut Street with a very small African-American membership and a very large heart for community service. An article in the Winston-Salem Journal last October called attention to the drive to repair and restore the structure. As of March 1, 2008, the Preservation for the Future fund at Lloyd has received about $150,000 of the $220,000 needed, including grants from the Winston-Salem Foundation, the Hanes Foundation, Salem Presbytery, the First Presbyterian Church, and Presbyterian Interracial Dialogue. They have applied for a grant from the Presbyterian Foundation. They hope to be able to begin work in May and complete it by Thanksgiving. Any gifts for the Preservation fund will be gratefully received.

Brownson Memorial, Southern Pines
On a visit to Brownson last fall, your editor was distressed to learn that the church plans to tear down the chapel, which was its first structure. Begun in 1939, it was not completed until 1955, and older members recall working on the building. As Southern Pines boomed in the latter part of the 20th century, so the congregation grew. A new sanctuary was completed in 1999, and our society visited Brownson on our fall tour in 2000. Unfortunately the chapel has been neglected in recent years, resulting in some dampness and mold.

The church developed a Master Plan in 2006-2007 to replace the chapel with a building containing classrooms, offices, and a conference center. The new structure would use the steeple and windows of the original chapel. However, some church members and townspeople who love the chapel are seeking to preserve the whole building. The president of Preservation North Carolina, J. Myrick Howard, recently included the chapel in a list of the top ten most endangered historic properties in North Carolina. It is presently scheduled to be torn down in April.

Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville
Less than a week after our Fall Meeting in Mocksville, a developer who owns land behind the cemetery began cutting down the large trees on the left of the cemetery and bulldozing a road right next to the wall. In the process, part of the rock wall was damaged. This is the area where unmarked graves were believed to be. Mrs. Cyrette Sanford, who was our guide to Joppa Cemetery, immediately sought advice from the Division of Archives and History on how to stop the destruction. They said that North Carolina law gives sheriffs the duty of protecting grave sites, but the sheriff could not find it in the description of his duties. However, the work did stop.. A team of archaeologists from Wake Forest University came in January to search for remnants of burials in the bulldozed area, but did not find any. Recently two staff members of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology came to Mocksville to view the cemetery and offer advice.

The publicity had an interesting side effect. For years a committee of citizens has been working on a plan to put a small museum in the shopping center next to the cemetery, focusing on the family and early life of Daniel Boone, whose parents are buried in Joppa Cemetery. Recently a farmer in Davie County contributed $1,000,000 for the museum. It is hoped that this will help persuade the developer to move the road elsewhere.

Mocksville Meeting, October 2007
Our Annual Meeting last fall was held on Saturday, October 13, in the lovely town of Mocksville, the county seat of Davie County. We were warmly welcomed at the First Presbyterian Church with coffee and refreshments. Our meeting began in the sanctuary with a prayer by the Rev. Mr. Paul Seelman, pastor of the church. After a hymn, our long-time members Jim and Esther Wall made an excellent presentation on the history of Presbyterians in the Forks of the Yadkin. Mr. Wall wrote the history of Davie County, as well as the history of First Presbyterian, Mocksville (first published in 1963 and revised in 1997). This area between the Yadkin River and the South Fork of the Yadkin was rapidly settled after 1750 by groups coming down the Great Wagon Road. The first meetinghouse was presumably at the site of Joppa cemetery where Squire Boone was buried in 1765. The first known reference to the congregation was in the Synod minutes of 1767. In 1834 the Joppa Presbyterian Church moved into Mocksville, but it was not until 1868 that the name was changed to Mocksville Presbyterian.

One of our newer members, Mrs. Cyrette Sanford then led our group out to Joppa Cemetery. Some years ago she took on the responsibility of caring for the cemetery, which was in very poor condition. At the cemetery, she talked about the problems of preservation and restoration, and what had been the most helpful sources of information. She also pointed out the graves of particular interest, including those of Daniel Boone’s parents. She is hoping to find more information about each of the people whose graves are marked. There are undoubtedly many unmarked graves, some of which may lie outside the current wall. She was concerned that a developer was planning to put in a road right next to the wall. [For a follow-up to this story, see p. 4.]
Our next stop was the Second Presbyterian Church, Mocksville, not far from First Church. The church bell was ringing as we walked up to the church. Mr. Thomas M. Leach, Certified Lay Pastor, greeted us warmly and led us in prayer. Mr. Marshall Steele, an elder in the church, then read to us a short history of the church, written in 1994 by Jimmie Lue Tabor Steele. (Printed on p. 6) We then heard about the very close relationship that the First and Second churches have cultivated and enjoyed in recent years. Second Presbyterian has a small but active congregation and a very fine choir and organist. Since their worship service is at 9:00 on Sundays, members of their choir often sing with the First Church choir. Also, the session at First Church voted to suspend Sunday School once a month to enable their members to attend the service at Second Presbyterian. They work together in other ways as well, and Second Presbyterian also helps to organize events with the other African-American churches in Davie County. At the end of our visit, the Clerk of the Session, Sylvia Steele, joined Mr. Leach and Mr. Steele in two beautiful unaccompanied songs of praise.

NCPHS AWARDS:
If you know of a recently published church history or a completed history project that you feel is worthy of consideration for an award, please send the book or a description of the project to Awards Chairman Mrs. Ann Myhre, 1005 Park Avenue, Garner, NC 27529, by March 18.

Annual Business Meeting
After lunch, the president, Don Saunders, called the annual business meeting of the NCPHS to order. First was a report by Tom Spence who serves on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat. Tom explained that the records of the governing bodies of the church were housed in Philadelphia, and the women of the church records were now at Columbia Seminary. He explained that there are still many artifacts that have not been removed from Montreat. The building belongs now to Mountain Retreat Association, but Spence Hall has been designated as the location for the new Presbyterian Heritage Center. Tom described it as a unique heritage center that will provide a wealth of artifacts and historical material to visitors at Montreat. Presently, there is a need to raise funds for an endowment. Informational brochures were passed to members, and they were encouraged to check the website, www.PHCMontreat.org.

Our treasurer, Earl Fitzgerald, reported that the financial health of the Society is good, but with our costs continuing to go up we may need to consider an increase in our dues in the near future.

The membership chairman, Sally MacLeod Owens, reported that our Society has roughly 180 members. Keeping up with the names of deceased members is often difficult. At this time Barbara Cain shared with the group that Sally had received an award from Church Women United of Wake County for her outstanding service with children with disabilities. We congratulated Sally for her tireless service to this worthy cause.

Barbara Cain reported for Program Chair, John Wray, who was unable to attend this meeting. The two-day Spring Meeting will be held on April 18th and 19th in New Bern, and the Fall Meeting will be on Saturday, October 11, in Valdese. She also reported on the trip to Northern Ireland. The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland is very well-organized and active. It was suggested that their Society should be invited to our Valdese meeting next fall. Members would have the opportunity to host these visitors in their homes. Members were encouraged to contact Barbara if they would be interested in serving as hosts.

The last item of business was the election of officers. Those presently serving as President (Don Saunders), Secretary (Brenda Spence), and Treasurer (Earl Fitzgerald) had agreed to continue serving in these positions and were re-elected.

The president then thanked First Presbyterian for hosting our meeting, and the meeting was adjourned. Members were invited to tour the historic Fulton United Methodist Church as they departed for home. It is an unusually beautiful rural church, built by the Hanes family for the community that then existed at Fulton’s Landing.

A History of Second Presbyterian Church, Mocksville, NC
By Jimmie Lue Tabor Steele

[Editor’s Note: As we seldom have a good history of an African-American Presbyterian church, I asked Mr. Marshall to send me a copy. I have shortened it in a few places, but the following is basically what Mrs. Steele wrote. She was Marshall Steele’s aunt, and she died just last month. Mr. Steele gave us permission to publish it]

The Second Presbyterian Church was organized shortly after the Civil War. Prior to this, Negro slaves had comprised 40% of the congregation of Mocksville Presbyterian Church and sat in the galleries on each side of the sanctuary. The first reference to the African-American church in Mocksville was in the second annual report of the General Assembly’s Committee on Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, presented on May 1, 1867, in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1868 the minutes of the General Assembly listed it as part of a presbytery. In 1883, the church was connected with the Synod of the Atlantic and the Presbytery of the Yadkin.

In raising money to build a church, the Synod of the Atlantic was asked for a loan of $75. Land was finally secured for the church in February 1893. The first trustees were Peter Hundley, Samuel Clement, Aaron Eddiger, Peter Kerr, and T.R. Hellard. Hellard and Hundley signed with a mark, as they could not write their names. The land ran parallel with the Midland Railroad on the west; the Colored Graveyard, the schoolhouse lot, and Peter Hundley’s lot on the east; and on the south by the Mocksville and Lexington Road. The minister was Rev. Crawford, his wife was Sophie, and they had five children. After Rev. Crawford died, his widow married Rev. Williams. Mrs. Williams taught in the Parochial School next door to the church.

The church was destroyed by fire on a cold Sunday morning. They saved the organ and most of the seats. The building was a total loss, with no insurance.
The new white frame church was built at the present site in 1910. In 1964 a new brick manse was built to replace the old white frame one. The educational unit was added to the church in 1967. In 1968, the frame church was remodeled and the structure was bricked. Improvements were made to the interior also. Stained glass windows replaced the old ones. A ladies parlor and a large study were added. More restoration was done in the basement of the church. This work was done during the time when Rev. F. D. Johnson was pastor, from 1967 to March, 1985.

By 1985, however, officers and members who were deeply concerned about the welfare of the church just began to do what needed to be done to refurbish the church. Some members gave money. Some members gave money and time. All gave out of love and concern for the well-being of the church. To begin with, the windows in the sanctuary were in dire need of repair, so new windows were installed. Later, Venetian blinds were added. The front doors were replaced with heavy wooden ones that would close properly. The furniture in the pulpit was re-upholstered. A concrete walk was poured from the front of the church to the basement steps. Improvements were made in the bathrooms and elsewhere in the church. The bell tower was redone. A new furnace was installed in 1988 and an air conditioner in 1989.

In the midst of these renovations, Rev. Ivan Lowery was installed as pastor on the first Sunday of May, 1987. Many more improvements have been made since he came.

[Note: Since then the congregation has continued to maintain and improve this beautiful church, without incurring any debt.]

Foote’s Sketches and The Colonial Records of North Carolina are available on-line!
For many years our society has been selling copies of Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical, Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers, by Rev. William Henry Foote, third edition, edited and published by Dr. Harold Dudley in 1965 for the Synod of North Carolina and the North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society. As reported in the last newsletter, we sold the very last copy in 2007. However, the book is available in many family history libraries, and the original version (without Dr. Dudley’s notes and index) is accessible on the Internet, thanks to a major digital publishing initiative at UNC called “Documenting the American South.” Along with thousands of other printed books and documents of great value to researchers, Foote’s Sketches has been transcribed and is fully searchable on-line. In searching for a word, however, one must look for any variant spellings he might have used, such as Pamlico and Pamtico.

In just the last few weeks, the same project has made available its “beta version” of the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, edited by William Saunders and Walter Clark. Because of the importance of (and demand for) these volumes, the project staff decided to make portions of the collection available online as they are completed. At this point all of the ten volumes of Colonial Records are on-line and searchable, but not all of the search options are available yet.

Our society does have a couple of small reprints that are always available. With permission of the late Dr. Harold J. Dudley, the society has reprinted a speech he first gave in 1964 entitled "Toryism in North Carolina." If you are interested in those who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution and if you would like a copy, please send $2.00 to Sally MacLeod Owens at her address on page 3. Also available from her are copies of maps of the Great Wagon Road, for $1.00. 

Interactive Map of New Bern (Google maps)
[http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wl ]

Tourist map of New Bern
[http://www.visitnewbern.com/map.pdf ]

Directions to the First Presbyterian Church:
From the west. take Business 70-E (Martin Luther King Blvd., which becomes Neuse Blvd. and then Broad St.) into central New Bern. Just before the railroad tracks, turn left on Hancock and right on New St. Park in the lot across from the church.

From the north down Hwy. 17, note that the old Trent River bridge into New Bern is no longer there. You will cross on the 70-W bridge and turn off at Exit 416 (Pembroke Rd.) and follow the signs for downtown. Once on Business 70/Hwy 17, Neuse Blvd. becomes Broad St. At the railroad tracks, turn left on Hancock and right on New. Park across from the church.

Rooms have been set aside for us at the BridgePointe Hotel, across the Trent River from central New Bern. It is not easy to find moderate room rates in New Bern, especially in April when there are many weddings! However, the Bridge Pointe has given us a reduced rate of $74.95 for Friday and Saturday night (if you wish to stay over), April 18 and 19. They are holding these rooms for us until April 4, so call to make your reservation before then:

BridgePointe Hotel
101 Howell Rd, New Bern, NC 28562.
Tel. (252) 636-3637

The bridge from downtown New Bern is being replaced. Use the following directions:

- Take Highway 70 East to New Bern.
- Continue to Exit 417 "New Bern-Washington".
- After continuing in exit lanes to the right approximately ¼ mile, exit right again to "Business 70, West 55- Convention Center Tryon Palace.
- Hotel is at bottom of the exit ramp on LEFT.

Alternative lodgings: The Comfort Inn in Havelock also has a few rooms reserved for us for $71.10 + tax, until April 16. It is 19 miles south of New Bern on Hwy 70-E, but only 9 miles beyond Croatan Presbyterian Church, where we will start our tour on Saturday morning about 8:15.

Spring Meeting and Tour
New Bern and Craven County
April 18-19, 2008

Friday, April 18
3:30 Registration and Coffee
Session House, First Presbyterian Church, 418 New St., New Bern
4:00 Welcome and Opening Prayer -- Sanctuary
History of First Church and Tour of Buildings
5:00 Visit to Ebenezer Presbyterian Church
6:00 Dinner, First Presbyterian Church, Session House
7:00 Evening Program and Awards

Saturday, April 19
8:00 Tour leaves from BridgePointe Hotel, 101 Howell Road, New Bern
Croatan Presbyterian Church, Croatan
Temple B’Nai Sholem, New Bern
Old St. Paul’s Chapel
Centenary Methodist Church
Christ Church
First Baptist Church
12:30 Closing Lunch

Suggested accommodations and map are on the opposite page. Registration: $19 per person. Please send form below and check (payable to NCPHS) by Thursday, April 10 to our Secretary, Mrs. Brenda Spence, 294 Fairway Lane, Sanford, NC 27332 [Tel: (919)-498-2159]

Registration
Name(s):
__________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Telephone: ______________________

Email: ______________________________________

No. of registrations ____ @ $19.00 ea= $ ___________

Dues (Individual $10; Family $15; Individual Life Membership, $100): $_______

Total enclosed: $________

Please send this form with your check (made out to NCPHS) by April 10 to Mrs. Brenda Spence, 294 Fairway Lane, Sanford, NC 27332.

If you can do so, please put the following announcement in your church bulletin or newsletter:

The North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society will hold its Spring Tour of Historic Churches in New Bern on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. This tour is back by popular request! The colonial town of New Bern is full of beautiful old churches, houses, gardens, and museums, and we hope you will spend the weekend with us. For more information, please contact Barbara Cain, Acting Program Chairman, at (919) 782-0944.

Notice:
We regret that the labels for mailing this newsletter do not reflect the dues that have been paid since the first of the year. The information will be updated before the next mailing. However, if you know that you have not yet paid your dues for 2008, or if you would like to join, please include them with your registration for the meeting in New Bern. If you will not be able to come to the meeting, send them directly to the treasurer: Mr. Earl Fitzgerald, 2213 Foxhorn Road. Trent Woods, NC 28562. Back dues are forgiven. 

Annual Dues:
Individual---------------------------$ 10.00
Family-------------------------------$ 15.00
Individual Life Membership----------- $100.00

North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society
P.O. Box 20804
Raleigh, NC 27619-0804

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