New Bern Woman’s Club Dress Unveiled

By Cole Dittmer, Tryon Palace Marketing Specialist

Nearly everyone who visits Tryon Palace interacts with at least one of the historic interpreters stationed around the site. Each article of clothing worn by these interpreters is handmade with care in the Tryon Palace Costume Shop and now the New Bern Woman’s Club has its name stitched into one of those dresses. 

Following a talk Tryon Palace historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht gave to the New Bern Woman’s Club, the club made a generous donation to the Tryon Palace Costume Shop. With those funds, Lambrecht decided to make a new dress for a historic interpreter in the Governor’s Palace and include a special tag thanking the New Bern Woman’s Club. 

After discovering the club’s colors are green and purple, Lambrecht and her team of volunteers set to work finding the material, stitching, fitting and, finally, putting the finishing touches on the new dress. To acknowledge the contribution, Lambrecht included a tag inside the dress that reads, “Made possible by a generous donation from the New Bern Woman’s Club created in the costume department at Tryon Palace Spring 2016.”

Lambrecht unveiled the new dress to oohs, ahhs, and applause at the New Bern Woman’s Club’s meeting Thursday, May 5, at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. 
Those interested in making a donation to the Tryon Palace Costume Shop may contact the Tryon Palace Foundation by email at, or by phone at 1-800-767-1560.

Historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht, right, with New Bern Woman’s Club President and Tryon Palace Volunteer Katherine Fannin.