Current Exhibits


Now on Display


The War at Home, revisited

originally on display: October 19, 2013 – August 28, 2014

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Explore “The War at Home” by clicking the image above

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This project is made possible by funding from the
North Carolina Humanities Council,
a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Teachers! Click HERE for exhibit related lesson plans.

 Release: From Stigma to Acceptance

Student curators with Professor Blee (3rd from left) at the exhibition opening in 2015.

“Release: From Stigma to Acceptance,” features the words and art of formerly incarcerated offenders and was a collaboration between Project Re-entry of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and students in Dr. Lisa Blee’s public history course at Wake Forest University. The exhibition opened originally in early 2015 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem.

Project Re-Entry assists former offenders throughout various stages of the criminal justice process — offering programs designed to meet the needs of individuals re-adapting to life following a prison sentence. “Release” challenges our preconceived notions about former offenders.

In an interview with WFDD’s Triad Arts producer David Ford, Blee described how the students came to understand the humanity of former offenders and learned to put aside stigma and negative connotations. As for visits to the prison, the point was not to observe prisoners, Blee told Ford. The point was for students to observe themselves and how they were reacting to the situation.

The exhibition includes student writings where they describe their physical reactions to being in a prison and how these physical reactions revealed subconscious biases and stereotypes. “The hope was that viewers would acknowledge that there are these unconscious expectations that we’re bringing, and if the viewer can see they are not alone in that, then they can be open to the rest of the exhibit as they walk through.” Blee said.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Wake Forest’s Department of History and the University’s Humanities Institute.

Winston-Salem Music History

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Musicians and audiences have long gathered in Winston-Salem churches, parks, factories, and homes to share rich musical traditions. This exhibit explores the city’s musical culture from the 1950s to the present. As the city’s economy and downtown development evolved over the years, musicians and venues have responded to and shaped the city’s social and cultural environment.

This exhibit was produced by students in the Wake Forest University History course, “Topics in North Carolina History” in 2016. Students interviewed musicians, attended performances, and conducted archival research on venues and local trends.

Student-produced podcasts highlight specific events, musicians, and venues to discuss larger issues facing Winston-Salem’s musical past and future.  



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City at a Glance (click the image to explore the interactive exhibition)



This exhibit chronicles our history, from humble beginnings, to an industrial powerhouse, to a leader in innovation. The citizens of Winston-Salem have an important story to tell, this exhibit engages audiences with iconic imagery and fascinating stories recanting the rich heritage of our beloved city.

Images in the exhibit have been provided by Old Salem Museum and Gardens Photograph Collection , Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection, The City of Winston-Salem, Center for Design Innovation, R.J. Reynolds Photograph Collection, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, C.G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University, Mrs. Charlotte Hanes, The Society for the Study of Afro-American History and Mr. Frank Tursi. 

This exhibit is located in our lobby and includes in-house access to our corresponding digital exhibition via iPad tablet computer. For online visitors, you can access our digital City at a Glance exhibition here.

Local Legacies

The Civil War: Ten Years Later

This digital magazine is set in the year 1875, just one decade after the end of the American Civil War. It is a companion project to New Winston Museum’s The War at Home exhibition. The quotes and articles presented in the magazine are not primary sources. Instead, you will find contemporary pieces intended to place the reader in a historical moment, reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the War’s end. This was a time of great transition in our community, one in which Winston and Salem was just beginning to witness the massive growth that would turn the area into a booming industrial force.

This project was created by UNC Greensboro Museum Studies graduate student, Jessica O’Connor, in 2016. 

You can expand the viewer using the menu on the left, and “turn” the pages forward and backward using your cursor.

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