Past Events

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.


“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 


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 


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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