Tryon Palace Pepsi Family Center reopens after Hurricane Florence

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) Tyron Palace has hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand re-opening of the Pepsi Portal to History exhibit on Wednesday.

Bill McCrea, Executive Director of Tryon Palace, and Jeannie Tyson, President of the Tryon Palace Foundation, participated in the ceremony.

The Pepsi Portal to History, also known as the Pepsi Family Center, reopens after more than a year of repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Florence in September 2018. 

Rainwaters flooded the centers’ subfloors, affecting the wiring and hardware. The wiring was essential to the operation of the technology in the exhibit, that help run it, leaving the place inoperable.

The Pepsi Portal to History is an interactive exhibit that has been a visitor favorite, transporting visitors of all ages to 1835 New Bern, where they learn North Carolina history through play and technological displays.

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