Tuscarora Homecoming Program

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Program/Events Timeline
Celebrating the History & People of Eastern North Carolina
from Early Times to the Present
July 23rd – 25th, 2015


22 July, Wednesday | 23 July, Thursday | 24 July, Friday | 25 July, Saturday

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

6:00pm Buses depart Tuscarora Nation for New Bern

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

10:00am Buses arrive in New Bern (hotel check in)
12:00 noon Lunch–On your Own
Eastern North Carolina Tuscarora & Settler History Symposium (free event)
New Bern Convention Center
2:00pm Welcomes

  • Dr. Larry E. Tise, Department of History, East Carolina University
  • David A. French, Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina
  • Hon. Dana Edwards Outlaw, Mayor, City of New Bern
  • Hon. John Steven Tyson, Chair, Craven County Commissioners
2:15pm Kanonyok–Tuscarora Nation
2:20pm “Tuscarora Homeland: We Call It ‘Swampy Lands’ aka North Carolina”
Vincent Schiffert, History Teacher & Historian, Tuscarora Nation
2:55pm “The Tuscarora Nation Circa 1711”
Dr. Douglas Boyce, President Emeritus, Paul D. Camp Community College
3:30pm Break
3:45pm “Other Indian Nations on the Carolina Coast Circa 1711″
Dr. David La Vere, Dept. of History, University of North Carolina Wilmington”
4:20pm “Expansion of European Settlements on the Carolina Coast to 1711 & Beyond”
Victor T. Jones, Jr., Kellenberger Room, New Bern-Craven Co. Public Library
4:55pm “The Tuscarora at Indian Woods in Bertie County, NC, 1717-1803”
Dr. Arwin Smallwood, Chair, Dept. of History, North Carolina A & T University
 5:30pm Adjourn
Union Point Park Peace Tree Commemoration (free event)
Union Point Park (adjacent to New Bern Convention Center)
5:45pm Commemoration ceremony
Buffet Supper Program: Wampum Ceremony and Opening of Historical Map Exhibit (ticketed event) North Carolina History Center, Tryon Palace
6:45pm Registration/Reception Table Opens at History Center (lottery table seating with nametags; introduce yourself to others at your table)
7:00pm Welcome
Dr. Tise & Mr. French
7:02pm Tuscarora Wampum Presentation–Tuscarora Nation
7:12pm Response
7:15pm Blessing the Food & Southern Buffet SupperDinner
8:00pm “The Mystery of de Graffenried & His Many Maps”
Dr. Tise
8:15pm Opening of Historic North Carolina Map Exhibit
8:20pm Tour of Map Exhibit and North Carolina Regional History Museum
10:00pm Exhibit and History Center Closes


Friday, July 24th, 2015

Family History Research Seminar (ticketed event)
New Bern Convention Center
9:00am “Finding Your Ancestors in East Carolina University’s Joyner Library Special Collections–North Carolina Collection & Online Resources”
Dr. John R. M. Lawrence, Head, North Carolina Collection & Ralph Scott, Assist. Head of Special Collections, Curator of Printed Books & Maps
10:30am Break
10:45am “Finding Your Ancestors in Burned Counties”
Roger Kammerer, President, Pitt County Family Researchers; ed., “Pitt County Genealogical Quarterly”
12:15pm Lunch on your own
2:00pm “Finding Your Ancestors in Court Records”
Sue Bowers Guptill & Martha Mewborn Marble, Family History Researchers
3:30pm Break
3:45pm “Finding Your Ancestors as Children”
Victor T. Jones, Jr., Kellenberger Room, New Bern-Carven Co. Public Library
5:00pm Adjourn
Family History Seminar & Tuscarora History Supper Program (ticketed event)
New Bern Convention Center
7:00pm Welcome
7:02pm Blessing the Food & BBQ & Chicken Buffet Supper
7:40pm “2013 Tuscarora Migration Walk: Neyuheruke to Tuscarora Reservation”
The Tuscarora Nation
8:30pm Reflections on the Tuscarora and Family History in Eastern North Carolina
Homecoming Participants


Saturday July 25th, 2015

Tuscarora Heritage Day (free event)
New Bern Convention Center
10:00am-3:00pm Tuscarora Talks, Crafts, & Cultural Demonstrations
Tuscarora Nation History Group

  • Beading, Corn Pounding, Corn Husk Dolls, Hemp Fibers & Cordage, and Much More
ENC Family History Fair (free event)
New Bern Convention Center
10:00am “Finding Your Ancestors on FamilySearch.org” (session 1)
Susan Leggett Hancock, LDS Family History Consultant
11:00am “Finding your Ancestors in Other Vital Records”
Debbi Blake, NC Archives Collection Services Manager
12:00 noon Lunch on your own
1:00pm “Finding Your Ancestors on FamilySearch.org” (session 2)
Susan Leggett Hancock, LDS Family History Consultant
2:00pm “Finding Your Ancestors in the NC State Archives & Library”
Chris Meekins, NC Archives Microfilm Imaging Head
Lacrosse & Tuscarora Games at Union Point Park (free event)
Union Point Park – Trent River Green
4:00pm Tuscarora Lacrosse & Games (people of all ages invited to participate)
Vincent Schiffert and Tuscarora Nation lacrosse veterans
Tuscarora Social Buffet Supper Program (free event)
New Bern Convention Center
7:00pm Welcome–Tuscarora Nation
7:02pm Blessing the Food & Seafood Buffet Supper
7:40pm Tuscarora Social with Traditional Dancing, Drumming, & Singing
9:00pm Dessert & Coffee Reception, New Bern Convention Visitors Center


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