Tryon Palace Honors Volunteers During ‘National Volunteer Week’

Volunteers donate more than 24,000 hours to the Palace in 2013

NEW BERN, NC – April 10, 2014

Tryon Palace continued its celebration of “National Volunteer Week” on Wednesday, April 9, by welcoming more than 90 volunteers and staff members to a reception in the North Carolina History Center. This annual celebration honored those who volunteered for Tryon Palace in 2013, which included 440 people giving a cumulative donation of 24,892 hours.

“Everywhere I go, I’m always bragging about my volunteers,” said Philippe Lafargue, acting director for Tryon Palace. “There is no doubt, that if we did not have our volunteers, we would not be able to deliver the programs and education that we currently provide.”

Working in areas that range from Palace tours, retail operations in the Museum Store and accounting, to driving the shuttle and gardening, the total donation of time from volunteers in 2013 is valued at $545,352.  

“In terms of volunteer labor value, I’m very proud of the fact that we have surpassed our target of reaching the half-million dollar benchmark,” added Lafargue. “When equated to the fair-market value of their time, the value of our volunteers’ time is one of the biggest donations we receive each year.”

Volunteers were thanked for their hard work with a Volunteer Reception held at the North Carolina History Center. Following a meal and fellowship in Mattocks Hall, the volunteers enjoyed a game of “Tryon Palace Jeopardy” in Cullman Hall, and awards were given for the year’s top volunteers.

Numerous volunteering opportunities to fit every interest and schedule are available at Tryon Palace. Anyone interested in donating their time and skill to Tryon Palace is encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Bowles at 252-639-3615, or visit

For more information about Tryon Palace call 252-639-3500 or visit

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.
Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit