U.S. Naturalization Ceremony to be Held in Tryon Palace Courtyard

More than 50 New Citizens Will Take the Oath on Wednesday, June 11

NEW BERN, NC – June 11, 2014

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will conduct a naturalization ceremony for more than 50 new citizens at Tryon Palace on Wednesday, June 11. Free and open to all those who wish to attend, this first-time event for the Palace will be held in the courtyard from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“It is especially exciting to host a naturalization ceremony here at Tryon Palace,” said Tryon Palace Executive Director Philippe Lafargue. “This site played an important role in the birth of our nation and state, and witnessed the transition of North Carolina’s colonists from being subjects of a king, to free and independent citizens of a new United States. Seeing that cycle of citizenship continue in such a historically significant place as Tryon Palace will be a unique and moving occasion that we are eager to share with the public.”

Hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, this emotional ceremony will include the Oath of Allegiance, Pledge of Allegiance, a singing of the National Anthem by Erin Langley and a Call of Nations led by Lafargue. The public is invited to witness this event at no charge, and may enter the Palace grounds through the front gate.  

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the North Carolina History Center, located at 529 South Front St., New Bern, NC.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511
E-mail: cramey@tryonpalace.org
Web: www.tryonpalace.org

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: www.tryonpalace.org 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 www.ncdcr.gov.