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NewBridge Bank Presents Lecture on Sir Walter Raleigh Feb. 21 at Greensboro Historical Museum

February 15, 2012

Greensboro, N.C. — NewBridge Bank will present a lecture on Sir Walter Raleigh, an Elizabethan explorer credited with the discovery of North Carolina and a favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 130 Summit Avenue.   Dr. Elliot Engel, noted educator, scholar, performer and storyteller, will provide insight and little known facts about Raleigh who is probably most noted for spreading his cloak on the ground over a muddy passageway so that the Queen would not soil her shoes.  Engel’s infectious enthusiasm and radiant wit create an imaginative and delightful presentation that has been enjoyed by thousands worldwide. 

NewBridge Bank has partnered with the Greensboro Historical Museum to present a four-part lecture series, beginning with Sir Walter Raleigh: Beyond the Muddy Cloak.  “We are thrilled to begin this partnership with the Greensboro Historical Museum and look forward to hearing Dr. Engel’s insight into four famous characters,” said Greensboro City Executive, Todd Rangel, NewBridge Bank.  “This partnership fits into our Vision to support our communities and we’re proud to offer a unique experience with a renowned speaker.”

Carol Ghiorsi Hart, Director of the Historical Museum said, “The Greensboro Historical Museum is proud that NewBridge Bank has chosen to partner with us on this new delightful and educational series.” 

Dr. Engel will give three additional NewBridge Bank series lectures throughout 2012.  He will present Blackbeard: The North Carolinian Nobody Knows on Tuesday, June 19; O. Henry: His surprise Endings-And Beginnings on Tuesday, September 11; and A Dickens of a Christmas on Tuesday, November 27.  For more information or to make a reservation, call Tyson Hammer at 369-0966 

About Dr. Engel
Dr. Elliot Engel, using anecdote, analysis, and large doses of humor, gives new insights into the backgrounds, lives, and accomplishments of the great masters of literature, culture, and fine arts.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years.

For his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Engel has received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. Most recently, for his thirty years of academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens, he was nominated and inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England.

Since 1980, Dr. Engel has been President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina, the largest branch of this worldwide network of clubs. The sales of Dr. Engel’s books, CDs, and DVDs have raised funds for The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital which Dickens helped found in London in 1852.

Professor Engel continues to teach outside the classroom and give literary and historical programs throughout the world. He also presents assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools, and his educational CDs are used in classrooms around the country.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking, and vacationing in exotic locations where he is not asked to deliver even one lecture.

About The Greensboro Historical Museum
The Greensboro Historical Museum, a division of the City of Greensboro Public Library Department, is located at 130 Summit Avenue, in Downtown Greensboro’s Cultural District. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 5 pm and Sundays from 2 pm until 5 pm. Admission is free. Our Museum Shop features exclusive North Carolina and Greensboro items for all ages, offering history in every purchase. Visit for more information.

Tyson Hammer
Events and Community Relations Manager
(336) 369-0966