Past Events 

*You can find recordings of many of our past programs here. If you do not see the program you are looking for, please check back, as we are regularly updating the videos.


Winston-Salem at Play: Sports and Society in the Camel City, New Winston Museum’s Fall 2019 Salon Series. 
“Women for the Win: Sports, Gender, and Title IX in Winston-Salem”
October 9, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Salem College, Huber Theater

“Women for the Win: Sports, Gender, and Title IX Legislation in Winston-Salem” is the second in the Series. For this program, we heard from local women athletes and coaches with deep roots in Winston-Salem and in the field. What obstacles did women entering the world of sports face over the past several decades? What has changed? The speakers shared their personal experiences with Title IX and breaking down barriers to sports and athletics. We presented this series in partnership with the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). And this program was presented in partnership with Salem Academy and College.

Our panelists were: Dianne Dailey, the legendary women’s golf coach, and also a Salem College graduate, who made her career leading the women’s golf program at Wake Forest University for three decades; and LaTaya Hilliard-Gray, Head Softball Coach at Winston-Salem State University for the past 17 years, where she is also Senior Woman Administrator, and Deputy Title IX Liaison for Athletics. Additionally, Salem College Athletics Director, Patricia Hughes, a native of Ireland and a longtime soccer coach, recapped Title IX history and shared some of her experiences as a woman in sports–coming from Ireland to the States to take advantage of  athletic scholarships and opportunities not available in her home country. The program was moderated by Dave Goren, longtime local sports broadcaster and director of the NSMA.

Salem College President Sandra Doran made some remarks at the beginning of the program. Salem student athlete Anna Schneider (class of ’21) spoke about her experiences on the volleyball team and at the NCAA student leadership training in Orlando, FL.

“On the Greens in Black and White: Winston-Salem’s Diverse Golf Traditions”
September 24, 2019
UNCSA Library and Learning Commons Auditorium

A panel presentation and discussion featuring local golfers and historians to enlighten us about the earliest days of golf in Winston-Salem, through the years of segregation, and more recent history and what our local golf landscape looks like now. Which communities had access to the sport of golf and when? What courses existed in our city that are no more? Guests heard about the Reynolds family’s relationship to a large portion of Winston-Salem’s golf history. This program was co-sponsored by the UNCSA Library and Learning Commons.

Longtime local sports broadcaster Dave Goren moderated this panel. Panelists included: Robert Bethea, a Winston-Salem native, former Head Golf Coach at Winston-Salem State University, and a mainstay at Winston Lake Golf Course since its inception in 1956; Philip Archer, the Betsy Main Babcock Deputy Director at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, overseeing the museum’s curatorial, program, education, archives, and collections departments; and Ken Albright, School Programming and Site Coordinator of First Tee of the Triad, and resident historian of their program.

Depot Day Trolley Tour

Guests were able to ride along with New Winston Museum to travel thru central portions of the Triad upon a refurbished Trolley. Depots and Parks in Kernersville, Walkertown, and Rural Hall were stops on the tour. This was planned as part of the festivities leading up to the Grand re-Opening of Union Station in Winston-Salem which on September 7th, 2019. Tour stops included: Kernersville Historic Train Depot, Town Center Park in Walkertown, and the Rural Hall Historic Train Depot. The Kernersville Museum, Walkertown Area Historical Society, and Rural Hall Historic Train Depot partnered with us for this tour to bring you access to their locations and fun, informative presentations at each site.

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Segregating Neighborhoods in the Camel City
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
At Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th St., #110,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

A public talk with Dr. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant about her new book Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow NeighborhoodsHow did post-Reconstruction residential segregation by race proceed through legislative tactics? Did all white residents of Winston-Salem see neighborhood segregation as serving their best interests? This lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, Assistant Professor of History at UMass Lowell and author of the new book, dug into these questions and more. A central focus of the book is the city of Winston-Salem, which Dr. Herbin-Triant researched extensively.

David Ford, Reporter and Producer at 88.5 WFDD, also appeared at the event. Ford spoke about some of the historical contributors to the segregation of once-thriving African American neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, including planning decisions and the practice of redlining. He shared how eviction rates, property devaluation, and transportation restrictions continue to isolate communities and reduce residents’ opportunities for upward mobility. The book was for sale and a book signing followed the event.

Co-sponsored by: New Winston Museum, WFU Department of History, Spatial Justice Studio at the Center for Design Innovation, WFU School of Law, and Reynolda.

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April 13 at 4:00 outside the Moravian Archives at the Archie K. Davis Center for this workshop to learn how to safely and effectively clean gravestones. Michele Williams, Ph.D., Visitor Services Manager for the Town of Bethania led this event. Rain Date April 15, 4:00. We held the event both days due to weather. It rained the first day and the workshop that day was a presentation inside the Archives building.

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Historic Cemeteries Trolley Tour
Saturday, May 11: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Pickup Location: Moravian Archives/Salem College Fine Arts Center Shared Parking Lot, 500 E. Salem Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27101

New Winston Museum is hosting a Historic Cemeteries Trolley Tour as part of National Historic Preservation Month. This tour is presented in partnership with the Moravian Archives, Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission, the Winston-Salem African American Archive, and Preservation Forsyth. This was a ticketed event.

Cemeteries visited on the trolley tour: Mt. Sinai Jewish Cemetery Jewish Cemetery established ca. 1920, owned by Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem. Rabbi Mark Cohn will meet the group at this location to provide a guided tour of Mt. Sinai. Waughtown Cemetery Founded ca. 1816, including multiple graves thought to belong to enslaved people. This cemetery showcases several different styles of graves and layouts across the grounds. The trolley will drive through this cemetery and passengers will learn about its history. St. Paul’s Cemetery in Kernersville Pre-Civil War African American graveyard. A representative from Kernersville Historic Preservation Society will meet the group at this location to provide a guided tour of St. Paul’s. New Evergreen Cemetery An African American cemetery. Called “New Evergreen” because the original Evergreen Cemetery was located beneath what are now runways at Smith Reynolds Airport, but was previously the back of farmland, near the airport. Many graves were dug up and moved to the new cemetery in 1944. The trolley will drive through this cemetery and passengers will learn about its history.


New Winston Dialogues: On Her Shoulders
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:00 pm screening, with post-film discussion
At a/perture cinema, 311 W. 4th Street

A viewing and post-film discussion of “On Her Shoulders,” which tells the story of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad. Following the film screening, Rachel Parker and Victoria Plybon, from World Relief Triad‘s Anti-Human Trafficking department, shared their thoughts on the documentary and led us in a group discussion of the film and the problem of human trafficking in a local context.

ABOUT “ON HER SHOULDERS”: Mobbed by iPhone cameras and pushy reporters, 23-year-old Nadia Murad leads a harrowing but vital crusade: to find the most influential platforms in the world and speak out on behalf of the embattled Yazidi community who face mass extermination by ISIS militants. Having narrowly escaped with her own life, Nadia must now relentlessly recount on radio shows, at rallies, and even on the floor of the United Nation’s general assembly her ordeal as a Yazidi sex slave and witness to her family’s brutal killings. Though excruciating, she forces herself to revisit these realities again and again. For without her testimony, the genocide happening right in front of the world’s eyes might go completely unnoticed. Purchase tickets here or at the box office before the film.

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 pm
“The American Tobacco Culture: Our Heritage”
at The Forsyth County Public Library, Central Branch
660 W. 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

New Winston Museum, in partnership with the Forsyth County Public Library, presents North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Billy Yeargin, Jr., M. L. S., of Slema, NC, for his program: “The American Tobacco Culture: Our Heritage.” Yeargin addressed the impact tobacco had in forming a new American society, especially in the pre-colonial, colonial, antebellum and post Civil War periods, and into the twentieth century. His presentation included a verbal creation of the tobacco farmer and the tobacco auction.

Billy Yeargin, Jr. is a Professor at Duke University and also teaches at several community colleges and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Yeargin was educated at Fork Union Military Academy, Oak Ridge Military Institute, Duke University and The University of Oxford. His career has been divided between electronic media, politics and education. He served as Spokesman for the US Tobacco Industry in the 1970s and has written three books on North Carolina and Tennessee tobacco culture. Yeargin has also served as Agriculture Advisor to US Senator Robert Morgan, NC Governor James B Hunt, Jr. and NC Attorney General Rufus Edmisten in the 1980s and as the Director of the NC Sweet-Potato Commission in the 1980s and 1990s.

This program was made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We also present this program in partnership with the Forsyth County Public Library.

Thursday, September 27,6:00 pm
“Migrant Mothers of Winston-Salem”
at Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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“Migrant Mothers of Winston-Salem” was a panel discussion organized in partnership with Reynolda House Museum of American Art, for their upcoming exhibition: “Dorothea Lange’s America.” With her famous photograph, “Migrant Mother,” Lange captured something universal in the face of her subject, Florence Owens Thompson, leading generations of observers to empathize with the stranger in the photograph.

Our panelists are mothers who made the journey with their families to the United States and to Winston-Salem from across the globe, and across the span of time: Susan Alzamel, from Syria (via Jordan); Minerva Garcia, from Mexico; Pha San, from Cambodia; and Raysa Suarez Williams, from Bolivia. Join us to hear their dynamic stories of migration and motherhood, and what they see of themselves in Lange’s “Migrant Mother.” These stories and reflections will help enrich our understanding of local history.

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” reproduced here from the Library of Congress:

Broadsided: Juneteenth Exhibit Panel Discussion
May 3, 5:30-7:00 pm, at Delta Arts Center
New Winston Museum partnered with the WFU History Department and Cultural Heritage & Preservation Studies, along with Triad Cultural Arts, to sponsor a scholarly panel and discussion around the Juneteenth commemorative exhibit titled “Broadsided,” on May 3 from 5:30-7pm at Delta Arts Center. The exhibit is an artistic re-interpretation of NC escaped slave ads to exemplify the humanity of enslaved people. 21st century photos have replaced the depictions of the runaways in the 18th and 19th century broadsides. The panel features Tony Parent, Alisha Hines, Ron Neal (Religion), and undergraduate student Janay Williams, and will be moderated by Cheryl Harry, the curator of the exhibition.


Restaurants, Caterers, and Community Integration
April 19, 5:30-7:00 pm at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

This was the final program in the “Foodways to Community” Salon Series, which was co-sponsored by Forsyth Community Food Consortium. How have restaurants brought communities together in the past and today? How does food facilitate contact between neighbors and help to integrate newcomers into our city? This panel featured restaurant and catering company owners and considered their role in making and re-making our community. Panelists included: Chef Gordon Simpson, the owner and operator of a catering company that employs former offenders; Shereen Abdelfattah, an Egyptian immigrant and owner of the catering company, Delicious by Shereen, which employs resettled refugees in our area to help them support themselves and their families and become part of our communities; and Mitchell Britt, co-owner of Krankies, a local restaurant and coffee roaster that has been part of the downtown revitalization and is a community hub. The panelists spoke to the way restaurants and catering can encourage us to reach across barriers and facilitate community integration. Each panelist brought food from their catering company  or restaurant to share with the audience.

April 12, 4:00-8:00 pm, Center for Design Innovation

New Winston Museum is teaming up with Gallins Family Farm at the North Carolina Science Festival! 

We were at CDI with folks from the Gallins Family Farm (makers of Carolina Dynamite Compost) to learn about the science of turning commercial food waste into agricultural compost and the Gallins family’s long history of contributing to our community’s food culture. Fun activities for kids and people of all ages. This demonstration was part of the much larger NC Science Festival. To learn more about the event, click here.

Farming and Land Preservation
March 22 @ 5:30-7:00, at Parkway United Church of Christ

How do traditions and policies shape our relationship to land? How does our relationship to land shape our local culture? Through a discussion on farming and land preservation, this panel will explore the Interplay between culture and land use, and consider how to re-instill land and community values that shape and promote a vibrant and healthy culture. Panelists: Michael Banner, urban farmer and Chairman of the Urban Food Policy Council of Winston-Salem; Eric Jackson, heritage gardener at Old Salem Museums and Gardens; and Natalie Sevin, owner of Sungold Farm. This program was moderated by Marcus Hill, Lead Coordinator of the Forsyth Community Food Consortium.

Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina
March 14 @ 6:30, Forsyth County Public Library, Central Branch

New Winston Museum presented storyteller Randell Jones, with a special Women’s History Month presentation of stories from  “Scoundrels, Rogues, and Heroes of the Old North State” by Dr. H.G. Jones. Randell Jones edited this collection, and brought these entertaining and informative stories to life for audience members. Jones is an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Jones is the author of “In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone” and “Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain” as well as other books of the pioneer era and the American Revolution.

Funding provided by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Michael Twitty “From a Haunted Plate”
February 15, 6:00, Gray Auditorium at Old Salem Museums and Gardens

For the kickoff to the first New Winston Museum Salon Series of 2018, “Foodways to Community,” Michael W. Twitty, author of the new book, “The Cooking Gene,” will speak at the Old Salem Visitors Center. The “Foodways to Community” series is presented in partnership with Forsyth Community Food Consortium, and this program was co-sponsored by New Winston Museum, Forsyth Community Food Consortium, Triad Cultural Arts, Wake Forest University, and Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Nationally known author, speaker, and food historian Michael Twitty, took audience members on a journey through the practical arts of food sourcing and cookery in his presentation entitled “From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef.”

Through the lens of a colonial or antebellum era African-American cook, he moved from lecture to discussion on the ways that traditional West and Central African food traditions met and melded with each other, those of indigenous peoples and Western Europe and then morphed over decades into centuries. Michael discussed the history of the cuisine as an extension of the foodways of Africa in early America with emphasis on the cooking techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this translation of Western cuisine by early African-American chefs.

In addition to his incredible knowledge of southern African-American foodways, Mr. Twitty also has connections to Winston-Salem. He has previously visited the area and worked to help develop the collection of African-American seeds at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.


Art Exhibition and Sale of Ann Carter Pollard’s Lifetime Art Collection
December 3, Willow’s Bistro

The “Five Winston-Salem Printmakers” hold an important place in the artistic heritage of the City of Arts and Innovation. Beginning in 1962, this pioneering group came together around a shared passion for wood-block printing. Over several decades, they comprised a creative community in which each fostered a unique aesthetic. These five women helped create what we now know as Sawtooth Center for the Visual Art, SECCA, and Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. 

Work by Ann Carter Pollard, Virginia Ingram, Anne Kesler Shields, Susan Moore, and Martha Dunigan will be available for sale, as well as works by Raiford Porter, Mackey Bane, and others from Pollard’s personal collection.

This collection is owned in its entirety by New Winston Museum. Proceeds from each sale will go towards establishing a fund for exhibits and programs; therefore, all prices are non-negotiable. NWM is grateful for the generosity of Willow’s Bistro, which has allowed us to display these works for sale at no cost.

Fall 2017 Salon Series: Lost, Found, and Transformed
Our Storied Places in African-American History

Envisioning Columbian Heights
November 16   *   5:30 pm   *   at Mars Hill Baptist Church
1331 E. 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

New Winston Museum’s fall Salon Series, “Lost, Found, and Transformed: Our Storied Places in African-American History” concludes on November 16th, with “Envisioning Columbian Heights.” In three panel presentations and discussions, the series has explored stories of distinct African-American landscapes in Winston-Salem and the people who made them, and contribute to ongoing efforts to rediscover, preserve, and renew African-American places in our contemporary era of urban transformation.

This program focused on overlapping histories of two master-planned developments: Columbian Heights and Winston-Salem State University.  Panelists will explore the complicated relationship between the neighborhood and the growing institution; how the residential area was both corroded by and lifted up by WSSU. Moderator Rosemary Millar, Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts at UNC School of the Arts, will lead the panel discussion. Panelists will include Mrs. Gloria Diggs Banks, sister of James Thackery Diggs, Jr., (the namesake of Diggs Gallery at WSSU); James Lewis, and Sandra Jenkins Armstrong, both longtime residents of the Columbian Heights and Columbian Heights Extension neighborhoods. 

Mars Hill Baptist Church, at 1331 E. 4th Street, will be the venue for this program. This event took place at 5:30 pm on Thursday November 16 to hear engaging speakers on the subject of the development of the Columbian Heights neighborhood and WSSU, and how they have been shaped into what they are today.

I Was There: A Staged Reading of Veterans‘ Stories

Two Showings on Saturday, November 18
2:00 at Lewisville Branch Library Auditorium   and   7:00 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

Blue Moon Theatre Company in conjunction with Dr. Cyndi Briggs and the New Winston Museum proudly presents:
I Was There: A Staged Reading of Veterans’ Stories.”

November 18, 2017
Admission is free to the public.
2pm – Lewisville Branch Library Auditorium 

6490 Shallowford Road
Lewisville, NC 27023 

7pm – St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2690 Fairlawn Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

First-person accounts from veterans from WWII to the Korean War to the Vietnam War. Performances followed by conversation with actors and veterans involved in the production.

Directed by Brook Davis. Generous sponsorship from Wake Forest University’s Interdisciplinary PLACe.

Fall 2017 Salon Series: Lost, Found, and Transformed

Our Storied Places in African-American History

Reclaimed Cemeteries: Happy Hill, Odd Fellows, and Brooks
September 21   *   5:30 pm   *   at Delta Arts Center
2611 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

New Winston Museum, in partnership with the Winston-Salem African American Archive, presents its Fall 2017 Salon Series “Lost, Found & Transformed: Our Storied Places in African-American History.” This series will feature three separate programs with panel discussions focusing on the distinct African-American landscapes in Winston-Salem and the people who created them. Learn about the ongoing efforts to rediscover, preserve, and renew these places in our contemporary era of urban transformation.

The first program in this series, “Reclaimed Cemeteries,” will focus on Happy Hill and Odd Fellows cemeteries in Winston-Salem, and Brooks Cemetery in Kernersville. Moderator Rosemary Millar, Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts at UNC School of the Arts, will lead the discussion. Panelists will be Deltra Bonner, representing the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Maurice Pitts Johnson representing Happy Hill Cemetery, and Maxine Johnson representing Brooks Cemetery.

Join us at Delta Arts Center for this free program about the interesting history of African-American cemeteries in Winston-Salem with some of our city’s experts. Light refreshments will be provided.

Second Quarter 2017 Salon Series:
“craftXws: Tradition and Innovation in Fine Craft”

Announcing craftXws, New Winston Museum’s second quarter 2017 Salon Series, co-curated with Piedmont Craftsmen and the Center for Design Innovation.

These three programs will be at CDI on April 27, May 18, and June 15. Through a series of panel discussions with artists, craftspeople, collectors, and historians—plus a live demonstration—craftXws will explore the dynamic craft culture of the Winston-Salem area. Learn about the varied and sometimes scattered historical and contemporary dimensions of the area’s craft practice—beginning in the time of Moravian settlement, continuing through the diverse contributions of the 19th/mid-20th century craft revivalism, and a glimpse into the evolving frontier of fine craft in our current tech-steeped arts and innovation landscape. What explains this region’s particularly deep affinity for fine craft, strong institutions dedicated to craft education and promotion, and the enduring practice of making by hand? What draws local collectors to the handmade objects they love, and what can those objects tell us about Winston-Salem’s past, present, and future? craftXws will lead us into a shared consideration of these questions and many more. Center for Design Innovation is located at 450 Design Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.

  • April 27, “The Craft Tradition in Winston-Salem”: Panelists Johanna Brown of MESDA, Cheryl Harry of the St. Philips African American Heritage Center at Old Salem, weaver and former Asst. Dir. of the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, and Piedmont Craftsmen exhibiting member Ron Propst will discuss the foundations of craft history in the Piedmont in a conversation moderated by NWM Board Chair and UNCSA history professor Dr. Michael Wakeford. This program will look back to the roots of craft in this area with the Moravian settlers, as well as early local African American craft traditions, and how these strong foundations blossomed into the vibrant and deeply rooted craft scene that exists today in Winston-Salem, with institutions such as Sawtooth, Piedmont Craftsmen, and others.
  • May 18, “Craft, Technology, and Innovation”: Though often paired with the word tradition, we may forget that craft has always driven technological innovation. Craftspersons design solutions to make better: fashioning their own tools, implementing materials in unexpected ways, and expanding the applications of their traditions. In this second evening of craftXws, we’ll talk with artists, educators, and curators who inhabit the intersection between art & science, tradition & innovation, and explore ways craft encourages the emergence of new technologies and asks durable ones to function in new ways. Panelists include: John Kelly, Instructor of Digital Effects and Animation Technologies at Forsyth Tech; Will Willner, Adjunct Professor of Photography at Wake Forest University; Dr. Elaine Gustafson, Curator of Collections at Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNC Greensboro; and Mary Ann Zotto, artist and Associate Professor of Art Direction at UNCSA. Moderating the event will be Dr. Betsy Towns, Interim Co-Director at the Center for Design Innovation and Associate Professor of Art History at UNCSA.
    After the panel, the action continues! Enjoy conversation and a bite to eat as you experience
    a demonstration by local potter Annie Van Every, who combines wheel throwing with an unexpected blowtorch technique. 
  • June 15, “Objects and Memories”: A panel comprised of several local collectors and craftspeople will discuss what significance a specific craft item holds for them, and the way memories are tied up in physical objects. Makers will approach this theme from the perspective of the memories they associate with making a specific piece, or the memory that inspired its creation.


“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – Music, The Brain, & Medicine

Thursday November 17, 2016 – 5:30pm 

In our final Salon Series program looking at local music, we wanted to focus on a 21st Century avenue in which music is making a local impact. Dr. Jonathan Burdette is a Professor of Neuroradiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Co-founder of the Laboratory of Complex Brain Networks. Dr. Burdette will be here to present current research linking music with brain function.
In addition to being a clinical neuroradiologist, he has studied the brain using functional MRI for the past 20 years. He is an avid supporter of the local music scene, currently serving on the Board of Directors of Piedmont Opera, previously serving on the Board of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and currently learning all he can about American music from Western North Carolina. His daughters are the local bluegrass/Celtic/rock band The Dan River Girls.

Salem 250: Moravian Christmas in the South

Tuesday November 15, 2016 – 6:00pm 

This Holiday season marks the 250th Christmas in Salem. With our friends at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, we are commemorating with Nancy Smith Thomas, author of Moravian Christmas in the South. Using illustrations and documentation from Salem and Springplace, Georgia, Mrs. Thomas will share the history of Moravian holiday customs and decorations in the southern United States.  From Lovefeast to sugarcake, if you live in Winston-Salem, you are familiar with many Moravian traditions…come learn the story behind them.

Courtesy of Dr. Cyndi Briggs

Veterans & The Healing Power of Storytelling 

Thursday November 10, 2016 * 5:30pm 

How can stories heal? With a focus on military veterans, this lively presentation invites the audience to experience the power of storytelling in the healing process. As veterans make up nearly 10% of North Carolina’s population, this conversation is both timely and necessary. Combat veterans in particular may come home with unseen scars that take a lifetime to heal. Sharing stories with caring others can help lift the burden of war. 
In honor of Veterans’ Day on November 11th, join us for this community conversation featuring Cyndi Briggs, professor of counseling and oral historian, Jacinta White, poet and founder of the Word Project, Connie Schroeder, Executive Director of Twin City Stage, and Don Timmons, Vietnam veteran and Community Partnership & Veteran Support Coordinator with Hospice and Palliative Care Center’s We Honor Veterans program. 
In addition, audio clips and photographs from Dr. Briggs’ World War II veterans oral history project will be shown. Come share in this healing conversation. 
*October 28-30, 2016, Twin City Stage is presenting the world premier of Shades of Valor, an intimate, personal exploration of military, race, and class warfare.

Maestro Moody & the symphony, photo courtesy of J Farley Photography

“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – The WS Symphony @70: Stories from the Stage

Thursday October 27, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Music Director and Conductor Robert Moody, along with a panel of current and former Winston-Salem Symphony musicians, will discuss their experiences both on stage and off as the Symphony celebrates its 70th anniversary season.

The Symphony grew out of a small group of musicians who performed together regularly for special programs and played its first concert in 1947 to an overflow audience at Salem College’s Memorial Hall. 70 years later, the Winston-Salem Symphony has become one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Learn about the early years of the Symphony, stories of memorable concerts with internationally acclaimed artists such as James Galway, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma, and backstage ‘secrets’ of the Symphony from its 70 year history!

Joining the conversation are the following musicians:
Anita Cirba, Principal Trumpet player
Dr. William McCall, former violinist, board member, and longtime Symphony subscriber and supporter
Tim Papenbrock, Horn
Ron Rudkin, Clarinet

Making Sense of the Factory: Innovation & the History of Tobacco Advertising

Wednesday October 12, 2016 * 6:00pm 

Join guest speaker, Dr. Tim Marr, professor of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, as he makes “sense” of the relationship between the rise of modern advertising and the growth of American tobacco companies in the 20th Century. As the tobacco industry grew, so did national competition, spurring innovation and changing how corporations and the public thought of advertising. Through images and illustrations he will compare and contrast two giants in the industry: R.J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem and American Tobacco in Durham.

Dr. Marr has been a NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center (2013-14), a Chapman Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Humanities (2009), a Fulbright lecturer in both the Greek and Turkish parts of Cyprus (2007), and the recipient of a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2006). While teaching in Chapel Hill he has developed and offered interdisciplinary American Studies seminars on such topics as Birth and Death, Tobacco, Captivity, Herman Melville, Cultural Memory, and Mating and Marriage.

“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – From Banjos to Blues: the music of early Winston

Thursday September 22, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Richard Emmett of the Blue Ridge Music Center will moderate a lively and entertaining discussion with gifted local performers and music historians about the musical history of our community. Featured panelists include: Elizabeth Carlson, Steve Terrill, Bob Carlin, and Big Ron Hunter.

From the collision of African and European styles, to the racial segregation of musicians, to genres enforced by record companies, the music of the American South has a rich history. Host to an ever-increasing number of musicians, the music scene in newly incorporated Winston-Salem was no exception. 

“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – The Music of Moravian Salem

Thursday August 25, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Erik Salzwedel from the Moravian Music Foundation will share insights into Salem’s earliest musical traditions and their importance in the everyday lives of Moravian settlers.

Winston-Salem’s unique musical history is even older than the United States itself. In the woods of the Wachovia tract on the North Carolina frontier, Salem’s Moravian settlers played music that would not have been out of place in the great concert halls of Europe. 

Producers Dean MacLeod and Mariah Dunn Kramer interview Philip Krongkon and his father, Minh, in their Greensboro home.

This is My Home Now: film screening

Thursday August 11, 2016 


This is My Home Now is a short oral history documentary that explores the lives of four teens, members of Montagnard immigrant families who fled their homelands in Southeast Asia in the past decade. The Montagnards allied with the U.S. during the Vietnam War and were granted refugee status in 1986. Thirty years later, North Carolina is home to over 10,000 Montagnards, making it the largest population outside of Southeast Asia.

Produced by the Greensboro Historical Museum with a grant from the Center for Asian American Media, This Is My Home Now explores questions of self-identity, concerns about losing their cultural heritage, the role faith plays in forging ahead on a new life, and the remarkable kindness and support of those who are helping these new Americans to succeed make for a compelling story whose ending is still to be created. It was broadcast on PBS affiliate stations across the U.S. including UNC-TV, the World Channel and was available via Comcast OnDemand. This Is My Home Now also won Honorable Mention in Media Production at the 2015 SEMC Technology Awards.

The Greensboro Historical Museum is pleased to introduce an educational tour of the film, beginning at New Winston Museum, made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state wide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The 30 minute film will be followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers and one of the film’s featured participants.

Workers in stemming room of tobacco factory, 1938. Courtesy Forsyth County Public Library.

Making Sense of the Factory: Working for R.J.R., the Man and the Company

Sunday July 31, 2016 @ Reynolda House Museum of American Art


How did labor conditions in New South corporations change when their founders died and professional managers took over? Locally, what happened to the improved conditions advocated by Katharine Reynolds – hot lunch cafeterias and day care, for example – following the death of R.J. Reynolds in 1918?

 This event’s speaker, Robert Korstad, is professor of public policy and history at Duke University. His research interests include twentieth century U.S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and his is the Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

Winston-Salem and the Mysteries of Micronesia

Monday July 25, 2016


Award-winning writer and public speaker Ron Tanner will offer a stunning slide show and talk about life in Micronesia, the mid-Pacific islands where he used to live. These islands happen to be the home of America’s anti-ballistic missile test site now and where the U.S. tested its nuclear bombs in the 1950s. The islands offer not only breathtaking beauty but also a lesson in globalization and the effects of a rapidly rising ocean. Ron will explain why it’s important for all of us to know about this fascinating scatter of islands and the people who inhabit them.

The connection of these islands to Winston-Salem came through Western Electric, the electrical manufacturing company, which arrived in Winston-Salem in 1946 and, by the 1970s, became one of the largest employers in town, second only to RJR Tobacco Company. Unbeknownst to the public, Western Electric, later subsumed by AT&T, was a research arm of Bell Labs and the U.S. Army. Many of its engineers, like Ron Tanner’s father, spent their lives working on top secret projects like the missile base featured in Ron’s latest novel, Missile Paradise.

Ron Tanner grew up in Winston-Salem, graduated from Reynolds High, and went on to earn his B.A. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill. He then studied writing at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop and later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was one of four University Fellows. The author of several books and the recipient of many writing awards, he teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland. He also tours the nation, giving talks and workshops on restoring old houses. He and his wife live on an historic farm, just north of Baltimore, Maryland. They run a DIY website called

Letters to the New Year performance: Six Months Later

Friday July 22, 2016


The second performance of a one-of-a-kind event, “Letters to the New Year” is a collaboration between Blakeney Bullock, Michael Durando, Tim Nolan, and Jacob Paul.
In this performance, volunteers sign on to have Blakeney compose a letter on their behalf.
Blakeney’s composition though, is not with words, but with her body, embodying what she imagined the volunteers wished to express in a dance improvised live, then and there. The dance is accompanied by Tim Nolan on drums and a silly, but lovely, toy keyboard.
Meanwhile, looking on, but unable to hear, Jacob sits at a manual typewriter loaded with carbon copy paper sandwiched between two sheets of stationary. He watches, and after each dance, he writes a translation of Blakeney’s dance. The artists explore the relationship between what can be expressed outside language, and then back within it again.

Letters to the New Year – Artist’s Workshop on Collaboration

Friday July 15, 2016


While ekphrasis is commonly thought of as spoken word inspired by art in another medium, this workshop will focus on the ways in which artists might communicate between mediums. No particular level of expertise required for participation.

Blakeney Bullock (fore) and Jacob Paul (back) perform at “Letters to the New Year” on January 8, 2016.

Exhibition Opening! – Letters to the New Year

Friday July 8, 2016


“Letters to the New Year” is a physical exhibition and programming series based on a collaborative, artistic translation experience conducted by some very talented local artists. What is an artistic translation experience? Click the link above to learn more about the artists’ work.

From July 9 – 29, artifacts and stories from the project will be on display, with new programs every Friday.
Join us on July 8th to kick-off the month-long exhibition with refreshments, wine, and a lot of fun.

Birth of the Cool Performances –Winston-Salem Writers “Ekphrasis” Reading and special appearance by Lorraine Boland

Friday June 24, 2016


Members of Winston-Salem Writers will be performing spoken word pieces and poetry about “The Birth of the Cool” exhibit photographs, accompanied by singer Lorraine Boland and friends in an exciting Ekphrasis Night. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Judie Holcomb-Pack at

“Civil Rights Activism” Salon Series – The Black Panther Party Movement

Thursday June 23, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Join us for the final segment of our Salon Series discussion on Civil Rights activism in Winston-Salem. The event will feature a panel of speakers formerly affiliated with the Black Panther Party. 

The Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party was born organically out of the ashes of earlier civil rights groups.  When the group of activists that would eventually become the Winston-Salem Panthers first started organizing, they were not formally associated with the national Black Panther Party.  Even before they became officially affiliated in 1971, however, the Winston-Salem Panthers were engaging in some of the same community-building and self-defense activities as other chapters of the Black Panther Party.  The ultimate aim of the Black Panther Party was to improve the lives of  local Black people socially, politically, legally, and otherwise.

Birth of the Cool Performances – Diana Tuffin and Friends

Friday June 17, 2016


Join us for a special Juneteenth celebration featuring presentations from Triad Cultural Arts and special musical performance by the legendary Diana Tuffin and special guests.

Like many artists, Diana Tuffin’s love for music is rooted in her family’s foundation. Harry Belafonte’s calypso sounds … Nat King Cole’s smooth articulations … the soulful sound of Ray Charles … the full, richness of Negro Spirituals … the driving rhythms of Motown … sultry singers … powerful instrumentalists … intricate European classics … Brazilian sambas … American jazz and blues … all these are part of her earliest recollections of family life.

Early exposure to various cultures, combined with stories of her grandfather’s Central American and West Indian roots, as well as her father and mother’s educational travels fostered a love for various languages, resulting in Diana’s concerted effort to become a multi-lingual songstress, presenting songs in Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish and English, making her musical interpretations unique and original. Diana Tuffin is priming, polishing and preparing to step into the world’s spot light. If you ask her why, she’ll tell you, “It’s all about the music.”

Birth of the Cool Performances

Friday June 10, 2016


Put on your dancing shoes and join us for Friday night’s “Birth of the Cool” exhibit and musical performances featuring Jay-Lee and the Triad’s Grammy and Dove nominated producer, singer/ songwriter, Imani.

Wine and Cheese reception will begin at 6pm and performances follow at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the museum and in the Old Salem Visitors Center Lot.

Jay-Lee is a duo featuring Jayla Allen on saxophone and Ly Nuin on piano. Jayla Allen is an award winning jazz saxophonist; a John Coltrane Workshop alumnae and student instructor. She has performed at the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Ly Nuin is award winning jazz pianist and songwriter.

Imani Pressley is a Grammy and Dove Award nominated music producer. She was discovered on Youtube by Fred Jerkins III (Jerkins Music Group/Darkchild) and was signed to his label shortly after. Her influences range from Prince to The Police, Quincy Jones, The Beatles, her parents, and her manager, Michi. Her goal is to inspire the youth around the world and usher in a new era of music to the industry, “new music.”!/page/top 

Courtesy Owens Daniels Photography

Exhibition Opening! – Birth of the Cool

Friday June 3, 2016


For the month of June, New Winston Museum is hosting Birth of the Cool, a compelling look at local blues and jazz musicians by photographer Owens Daniels. Join us as we open the exhibit and celebrate with an evening of music:


Hashim Salem & grandson (African Drums)
Joe Robinson (Trp)
Big Ron Hunter (g)
Vanessa Ferguson (v)
Sonya Bennett Brown (v)
Tiara LaShay Arvinger (actress)
Nathan Ross Freeman (poet)
Diana Tuffin (v)

R. J. Reynolds High School principal, Claude “Pop” Joyner and Gwendolyn Bailey, at her enrollment at the school, 1957.

“Civil Rights Activism” Salon Series – School Integration

Thursday May 26, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Join us for the second part of our Salon Series discussion on Civil Rights activism in Winston-Salem. Special guests will be Daisy Chambers, the first Black teacher on the faculty at Clemmons Elementary in 1964; Ms. Norma Corley, one of three Black students assigned to integrate the formerly all-white Easton Elementary School in 1958; and Dr. Kenneth Simington, a student at Carver Elementary School in 1970 and currently the assistant superintendent for instructional and student services with WSFC Schools. This event is the second of a three-part salon series on twentieth century civil rights activism in Winston-Salem. The final program on June 23rd will focus on the Black Panthers movement in Winston-Salem.

Book Talk – Winston-Salem’s Historic Salem Cemetery

Tuesday May 17, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Molly Grogan Rawls is the photograph collection librarian at the Forsyth County Public Library, and author of several local history books. She will join us to discuss her latest publication which explores the history and significance of Salem Cemetery.

PTA Exhibit Programming – Union Station: Past, Present, & Future

Thursday May 12, 2016 – 5:30pm 

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month and our current exhibition, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” join us for a enlightening panel discussion that explores the history and future plans for Winston-Salem’s 1926 Union Station building. Local train expert, Dr. Jeff Miller, will be joined by Michelle Portman Walter, project manager with Walter Robbs architecture, and Carol Davis of the S. G. Atkins CDC. As the historic property undergoes an exciting restoration, the program will take a look at what lies ahead for the building and the surrounding area. Michelle McCullough from the City of Winston-Salem will moderate.

Making Sense of the Factory – Life at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Factory (@WFU Biotech Place)

Tuesday May 3, 2016 – 6pm – 7:30pm 

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter invites you to Making Sense of the Factory: Life at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Factory. The first in a four-part series, this free community event links the past to present through storytelling and a sensory-driven exhibition.

Designed as a Capstone project by Amanda Holland, a Museum Studies graduate student at UNCG, the exhibit appeals to the five senses as a means of accessing the past through historic photographs and memories from former workers.

Keynote speaker J. Howell Smith, PhD, professor emeritus at Wake Forest University following a 42-year tenure on the history faculty, will discuss the early history of factory life at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, now home to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Post-lecture reception to follow.

The Making Sense of the Factory series is brought to you in partnership with Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. and New Winston Museum. 

“Writing Winston”

Friday April 29, 2016 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Writing Winston is an introspective-based forum featuring community profiles which highlight places around Winston-Salem. It is a collaborative effort between New Winston Museum and Dr. Katie Manthey’s Community Writing class at Salem College. Students have created blog posts outlining what certain places mean to them in the contexts of their personal communities, and will be presenting these posts to the public at the event. Attendees are invited to work with our students to write their own profiles, further defining Winston-Salem through the experiences and opinions of its residents. Refreshments will be served.

Find examples of the students’ own work here:


“Civil Rights Activism” Salon Series – Local 22 

Thursday April 28, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Our 2nd quarter 2016 Salon Series theme is “Civil Rights Activism in Winston-Salem.” On April 28th, join us for a panel discussion featuring Dr. Robert Korstad (author of Civil Rights Unionism) and Richard Koritz (son of Philip Koritz, Director of Local 22 of the FTA-CIO).  The program will have a special focus on the union’s interactions with the local police department and the criminal justice system.  The discussion will be moderated by Alex Harris, a Salem College student and North Carolina native.

PTA Exhibit Programming – The Works of John Biggers

Thursday April 14, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Dr. Alison Fleming, Associate Professor of Art History at Winston-Salem State University, will discuss the significance of transportation iconography in the artwork of John Biggers and other Southern African American artists. Three Biggers prints, on loan from Delta Arts Center, will be on display at New Winston Museum from April 11th through April 30th. 

“Disabilities” Salon Series – Friends or Foes: Winston-Salem’s Shades of Gray

Thursday March 24, 2016 – 5:30pm  

This program will focus on how local institutions impact those living with disabilities. Panelists include representatives from The Centers for Exceptional Children, The Enrichment Center, Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, and The Adaptables Center for Independent Living.

Carolina Characters Film Festival  (partnership with the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University)

Saturday March 19, 2016 – 2:3opm – 8:00pm

Carolina Characters is the first annual collaboration between New Winston Museum and the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest.

One day with three blocks of fascinating North Carolina-based short documentary films. Come to one, or come to all!

Tickets are free, but there is limited seating so we ask you to reserve only the blocks you plan on attending. 

Schedule of Events 

2:30 Doors Open

3:00-4:00 Unusual Subjects

4-4:30 Break

4:30-5:40 Art and Passion in Winston-Salem

5:40-6:20 Break with FREE food

6:20-7:40 North Carolina Issues

7:40-8:00 Q&A with Filmmakers

PTA Exhibit Programming – The “Piedmont” Way: A Corporate Culture for Success 

Thursday March 10, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Frank Elliott, author of “Piedmont: Flight of the Pacemaker” joins with former Piedmont Airlines representatives Robert Reed and Cherryl Hartman to discuss Piedmont’s corporate culture as exemplified by the leadership of Piedmont founder Tom Davis.

Family Saturday – Go Fly a Kite!

Saturday March 5, 2016 – 10:ooam – 2:00pm

As the chill of Winter fades, we are looking forward to warm Spring breezes. Bring your kids to the museum on March 5th for a day of kite building and decorating. All supplies will be provided to build and take home your personalized kites, just in time for the fair weather to come. Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm.

We’ve got plenty of craft supplies for your kids and kids-at-heart to build lots of small kites to take home. While we don’t have much room to fly kites, if there’s a little wind, there’s lovely green space just around the corner in Old Salem.

Exhibition Reception – Winston-Salem’s Union Station by Ryan Gustman

Thursday March 3, 2016 – 6:00pm 

Come meet photographer Ryan Gustman, whose exhibition on Winston-Salem’s historic Union Station is now on display.

Strange Bedfellows: The Romance of Winston and Salem

Saturday February 13, 2016 – 2:00pm @ Old Salem’s Gray Auditorium

From the founding of Winston in 1849 until the eventual merger with Salem in 1913, the two towns were engaged in a tumultuous relationship. In time for your Valentine’s Day plans, New Winston Museum’s Curator of Education, Chris Jordan, will present a lighthearted look at the love-hate relationship that created Winston-Salem. This program is in partnership with Old Salem Museums and Gardens’ 250th Anniversary Celebration and will be held at the James A. Gray Auditorium of the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101).

PTA Exhibit Programming – Safe Bus: Driving Forward

Thursday February 11, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Join us for a panel discussion about the historic Safe Bus Company, an African-American owned and operated transportation service that flourished in Winston-Salem during Jim Crow, and eventually became the the largest African-American owned transportation business in the world. Tina L. Carson-Wilkins of the Winston-Salem Transit Authority will share her research on the creation of Safe Bus Company and its impact on our community, and several former Safe Bus employees will share their personal stories.

Bryan Dooley

“Disabilities” Salon Series – Institution to Revolution: The Dark Days

Thursday January 28, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Our 1st quarter 2016 Salon Series theme is “Out of the Shadows–Illuminating Disabilities.” Bryan Dooley, Winston-Salem resident and national disability advocate, will begin the series with, “Institution to Revolution: The Dark Days,” a review of life before the Americans with Disabilities Act and a personal account of his family’s journey as early beneficiaries of the ADA. Check out Bryan’s blog, Observations from Below, on Huffington Post. 

Racers at Bowman Gray Stadium

PTA Exhibit Programming – Built for Speed: Motor Sports in the Triad!

Wednesday January 13, 2016 – 5:30pm 

In collaboration with Triad Stage and the Winston Cup Museum, NWM is hosting “Built for Speed: Motor Sports in the Triad,” a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of regional motor sports. Our panel will include Loren Pinilis of Bowman Gray Stadium Racing; Will Spencer of the Winston Cup Museum; Danny Lawrence of Richard Childress Racing; veteran NASCAR driver, Ed Berrier; and Janet Allard, author of Vrooommm!, a NAScomedy. Come early or stay late to view the Winston Cup Museum race car.

Vrooommm!, Triad Stage’s latest production, is about the first female NASCAR driver and will run from January 27th – February 14th at Hanesbrands Theatre. Get your tickets here! 

Family Saturdays at NWM – CARtoons!

Saturday January 2, 2016 – 10am – 2pm 

Decompress from the holidays with a screening of lighthearted, transportation-themed vintage children’s cartoons from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Free popcorn to all guests.

Other past events can be found here:

2015 Events

2014 Events

July – December 2013 Salon Series part II

February – June 2013Salon Series part I

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