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Civil War History Talk 8/18/22



Thursday, August 18, 7-8:30 pm

New Hope Improvement Association 4114 Whitfield Rd, Chapel Hill; next door to the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Dollar, the Director of the City of Raleigh Museum and Pope House Museum and Civil War scholar will talk about the last couple of weeks before the surrender of Gen. Johnston to Gen. Sherman at the home of James and Nancy Bennet. He will speak about the impact of the end of the war, especially after Lee’s surrender to Grant. As war weariness spread among the troops, the generals and leader of both the Union and Confederate troops were hard pressed to maintain discipline. There were wholesale desertions, increasing drunkenness, accompanied by looting and arson. The troops were spread between Raleigh and Hillsborough including Chapel Hill. Cornelia Philips Spenser describes women dressed in mourning vails trying to find food for their families in fear of soldiers, both Confederate and Union. Slave narratives collected in  the 1930s provide a glimpse into the hoped for freedom along with uncertainty about the future.  This is not the history found in usual books that fail to describe the execution of slaves by Confederate soldiers if they expressed a desire for freedom, and the indiscriminate killing of Blacks by Union soldiers. Come spend a fascinating hour learning about history that did not make it into history books or the “Lost Cause” of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Refreshments will be served. There  should be time for informal discussion with the author.

2021 New Hope Turkey Run Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Pandemic, Duke Forest is limiting the size of groups visiting the Forest and they will not allow something the size of the Turkey Run at this time.  We have already printed the Tshirts which are long sleeved and a great color combination.  We don’t ever have dates on  the Tshirts so we’ll be able to use them next year!  We do plan on having the Turkey Run next year – November 12,2022 – so stay in shape.  And stay safe!  The Tshirt sponsors should be supported for donating funds for what turned out to be next year’s shirts and they are listed below.

            9th Street Active Feet, in Durham

            Family Fare Stores, all over the Triangle

            Carolina Godiva Track Club

            New Hope Animal Hospital, between Durham and Chapel Hill

Thanks everyone and see you next November.

Ice Cream Social and NHFD Open House 8/14/21

Greetings, all residents of the New Hope area! The New Hope Improvement Association invites everyone to come out and enjoy some Ice Cream, music, outdoor games, and fellowship next Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm.

To ensure everyone’s health, all the ice cream will be individually wrapped (like it fell out of a truck), and we ask that you wear masks when enjoying the AC indoors in our meeting hall, or when visiting the Fireman’s trucks in their Open House.

Come meet your neighbors, and cool down a little in this ‘still hot’ end of summer event.