Ways to Support

Were you inspired by your visit?

By making a one-time contribution to one of the projects or programs listed below you are directly impacting our mission and providing opportunities for others to be inspired the way you have been.

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Areas to Support

Annual Fund

Your donation supports Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center and all you can experience there! That includes our Governor’s Palace, the North Carolina History Center, our Historic Homes & Gardens, our Collections, Preservation Projects, our Living History and more! The Foundation relies primarily on the funding of individual donors, grants, and corporate support.

Palace Scholars

This educational program provides students and educators from Title I schools with fully-funded field trip opportunities to Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center. This program hopes to connect present and future North Carolinians with their state history in an engaging and informative format. Recipients are selected and awarded annually through an application process, ensuring the inclusivity of all students regardless of geographic location or socio-economic background, to have the opportunity to benefit from multidisciplinary programs that provide supplementation to traditional curriculum.

Lecture Series

Garden Lecture Series: Helping local gardeners and garden enthusiasts keep North Carolina beautiful year-round, the Tryon Palace Garden Lecture Series provides free lectures about a variety of subjects from vegetable gardening to pollinator plants, holiday decorating, flower arranging and so much more. Monthly lectures occur the second Saturday of the month from January to November (except April & October). These lectures help Tryon Palace share an important piece of mission with approximately 500 attendees throughout the series.

African American Lecture Series: The Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series provides free lectures with a goal of educating and enlightening attendees about the challenges faced – and achievements earned – by African Americans. These lectures are specifically about African American history and culture, taught by prominent members of the community and academia. These lectures support the Tryon Palace mission to create more awareness and inclusion of North Carolina’s diverse population and to educate the general public on the profound impact by the African American community. These lectures reach approximately 1,000 attendees throughout the series.

Interpretive Units

35th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops: The Tryon Palace USCT unit seeks to educate everyone about the role African American Soldiers played in the Civil War. Representing the historic members of the 35th Regiment formed in New Bern in 1863, interpreters travel around the country to share the story of the of African American Union Soldiers. This unit is a favorite at Tryon Palace’s Civil War Day and other Tryon Palace events.

Revolutionary War Interpretive Units: The 1st NC Regiment of the Continental Line and the 82nd  Regiment of Foote are military interpretive units that educate about a soldier’s life during the American Revolution. Tryon Palace seeks to tell an inclusive story, sharing both the American & British experience during the Revolution through the portrayal of the 1st Continental and 82nd Regiment of Foote units. Members of these units learn and teach the life skills in the 18th century at Tryon Palace events, and around the state and nation. These units are a favorite at Tryon Palace’s annual Candlelight Christmas event, Glorious Fourth, Lanterns on the Lawn and more!

Your donation to Interpretive Units will also help fund the costume costs of our Troops! To costume one USCT member is $1200, one Continental Soldier is $1250 and one British Soldier is $2195. Donations are greatly needed and appreciated to help us continue these programs.

Performing Arts and Education

Donations will help Tryon Palace to continue to provide educational and performing arts programs that benefit the community, our state and our visitors. We offer a summer movie series, Fife & Drums Corp Summer Camp, and more to benefit children and families throughout the year. With your support, we can continue to provide enriching cultural arts and educational programming to all North Carolinians and our visitors.

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Other Ways to Donate

Please call us at 252-639-3515 or download this form (form) and mail it to PO Box 1007, New Bern NC, 28563 if you were prefer not to donate online.