Salon Series – Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:00pm  (noon)Meharry Medical College Marker - Back

“Breaking Down the Barriers: Meharry Medical College and the Impact on the African American Community in Winston-Salem”

Please join us for this special panel discussion hosted by NWM’s collaborative partners, the Society for the Study of Afro-American History. Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry Medical College was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. Many graduates of Meharry began their professional careers at the Kate B. Reynolds Memorial Hospital for African Americans (which became the third largest hospital for African Americans in the United States in 1941) and later opened their own private medical practices. The panel discussion will include doctors and nurses who graduated from Meharry Medical College. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring a bagged lunch. 


TSTC Program – Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00pm  

“What Does It Mean to be Southern?”

A reading and discussion with local writers including:

•Joseph Mills, Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mills newest volume of poetry, his fifth with Press 53, is “This Miraculous Turning” (2014)

•Ed Southern, Winston-Salem native, writer of nonfiction and fiction, and executive director of North Carolina Writers’ Network. His first work of fiction, a collection of short stories set in the North Carolina Piedmont region, is “Parlous Angels” (Press 53, 2009).

•Cheryl Harry, Director of African American Programming, Old Salem Museum and Gardens; founder, Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. and author of “Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy” (Arcadia, 2013).


TSTC Program – Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:00pm  *location: UNCSA’s Freedman Theatre

“Revisiting A Passionate Preference

This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem (TSTC) will host “Revisiting A Passionate Preference,” an event featuring author Leslie Banner and oral historian Douglas Zinn, Assistant Executive Director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Freedman Theatre on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St.



Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30pm – Living Out Loud in Winston-Salem

In honor of National LGBTQ History Month, the NWM October Salon Series features a panel discussion with several outstanding advocates to explore the past accomplishments, joys and challenges facing the LGBTQ community in Winston-Salem. Panel participants include Teri Hairston, Gary Trowbridge and Frank Benedetti, Brent Morin and Li Hooper.



NWM Salon Series/TSTC Program – Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30pm

Behind the Scenes of our latest Exhibition, “This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of UNCSA in Winston-Salem”

Exhibition co-curators Mike Wakeford, Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA, and Chris Jordan, Director of Education and Programming at NWM, will take you on a behind the scenes look at the inspirational process that led to a truly collaborative celebration of Winston-Salem and one of its educational treasures, UNCSA.




charlie lovettThursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 pm – Life Between the Pages in Winston-Salem

Please join us for a moderated discussion with Charlie Lovett, author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Bookman’s Tale.” Charlie will share insights into his career as a writer and influence of the people and places of Winston-Salem in his life’s work. He will also give a brief look into the world of Jane Austen with a reading from his latest novel, “First Impressions.” Bookmarks will be on hand with Charlie Lovett books available for purchase.


dean laughing Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 12:00 Noon

Dean Najouks, our Yadkin River Keeper will be here to discuss the history and how we can create a sustainable future for one of our most treasured local natural resources, the Yadkin River.

eric elliottThursday, June 26, 2014, 5:30pm NWM Salon Series

“The Curator’s Dilemma(s)”

Join us for a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the curatorial process as Historians J. Eric Elliott, former resident of Winston-Salem and curator of exhibitions at the Spring House Restaurant and The Historic Brookstown Inn, and Chris Jordan, Director of Education and Programming at New Winston Museum, discuss the role of the curator in developing historical exhibitions. As New Winston Museum’s The War at Home exhibit nears the end of its run, we feel this is the perfect opportunity to engage the public and make visible many of the considerations, challenges, and decisions that are usually so carefully concealed in public exhibitions. From research to materials, and from political correctness to historical integrity, countless considerations both big and small must be addressed in any project. We welcome you to come with your questions! The discussion is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:00pm  The War at Home 

“A Doctor Writes of Suffering”:  The Letters of Civil War Surgeon Dr. John F. Shaffner 

Mr. Johnnie Pearson will be here to share his research into local Civil War surgeon, Dr. John F. Shaffner of Salem. Dr. Shaffner, or “Frank” as he was called by friends and family, had just graduated from medical school in Pennsylvania when the Civil War broke out and he shared many of his experiences through letters written home. The surviving letters between Dr. Shaffner and his future wife, Caroline Fries, are numerous and offer a wealth of informative and poignant moments between two young Moravians separated by war. The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Thursday, May 22, 5:30pm at New Winston Museum 

Restoration Drama: Highs and Lows of Making the Old New Again 

Join local business owners, Lynette Matthews Murphy of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar and John Bryan of West End Mill Works, as they discuss the labor of love that goes into restoring dilapidated buildings into thriving businesses.  Part of National Historic Preservation Month events. The discussion is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm at New Winston Museum 

Winston-Salem Writers and NWM present City Memoirs

Winston-Salem Writers and New Winston Museum will collaborate to present a panel discussion: City Memoirs. Panel members Cheryl Harry, Al Perry, and Bill Pfefferkorn all share a love of Winston-Salem and of preserving history and heritage. Frank Elliott, Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications for the City of Winston-Salem, will moderate the discussion. Through a question and answer forum, panelists will discuss local history and how one goes about preserving both the culture of a community, both from a historical and personal memoir perspective. The discussion is free and open to the public.


Main Street, circa 1915
Main Street, circa 1915

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00pm  NWM Salon Series

Front and Center: The Jewish influence on the development of Winston-Salem’s Downtown business district: 

For over a century, this city has housed an active and influential Jewish community. During the economic boom of the late 19th Century, the first Jewish merchants began flocking to Winston-Salem and for generations, they would witness and guide the development of Winston-Salem’s downtown business district. Local residents Richard Miller and Leonard Clein, whose families played a significant role in this process, will discuss the evolution and impact of the Jewish business community on Winston-Salem. Jason Thiel, executive director of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership will moderate this lively and informative discussion. This event is free and open to the public.




Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30pm  The War at Home 

North Carolina Civil War Monuments:

In conjunction with our current exhibition, The War at Home, North Carolina physician, scholar, and photographer, Douglas Butler, will present the fascinating history of  North Carolina’s Civil War monuments. Going beyond a survey of the state’s 109 Civil War commemorations, Dr. Butler’s book and presentation look at the shifting perspectives and trends that informed construction of the monuments. North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (McFarland, 2013), is a carefully researched and fully documented book with photographs of each monument. The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:00pm  NWM Salon Series

“Breaking Down Barriers”: Stories of Pioneering Women in the U.S. Military 

March is Women’s History Month, and we are celebrating by hosting two speakers, Ann Zuhr and Linday Bray, who will share personal stories of pioneering women in the military. As a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program during World War II, Margery Moore Holben was one of the first women in United States history to fly military aircraft. Ann Zuhr, Margery’s daughter, will present her mother’s story of service and the struggle to gain recognition for the all but forgotten women of the WASP program. Linda Bray will share her own story as the first female to lead troops into combat during the invasion of Panama in 1989. Bray will speak about her military experience and the sacrifices she made as a result of the immediate and at times unfair attention she received after the Panama operation. This event is free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to bring their lunch.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:00pm  The War at Home 

Secret Societies and Unionism in Forsyth County

In conjunction with our current exhibition, The War at Home, local genealogical expert and historical scholar Phyllis Hoots will present her research into the wide-spread Unionism in Forsyth County during the Civil War. Though Forsyth County was officially a Confederate area, supplying large quantities of men and supplies to the Southern cause, there was locally an abundance of anti-Confederate activity. The support for such activity was so broad that in 1862 a Richmond paper labeled Forsyth “the hotbed of toryism.” Much of the Unionism was expressed through the clandestine meetings of secret societies, such as the Heroes of America or Red Strings. This promises to be an enlightening look at some of our hidden local history. The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.




Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:00pm  NWM Salon Series

The Local Arts Institution in 2014 

New Winston Museum welcomes three prominent members of the Winston-Salem arts community on February 27th to discuss what they see as the role of the contemporary art institution. We are hosting Mark Leach, Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Allison Perkins, Executive Director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and Corey Madden, Executive Director of Winston-Salem’s Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. Participants will discuss contemporary issues facing their institutions and opportunities they see in Winston-Salem. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and their questions for what promises to be an enlightening and engaging look at a few of Winston-Salem’s cultural icons. This event is free and open to the public.

You can visit our panelists respective institutions here: SECCAReynolda House Museum of American Art, & Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 12:00pm The War at Home 

“Now the Battle Din is O’er”: The Last music played for General Lee, by the band of the 4th Regiment NC Troops, and the last music played by the band of the 26th Regiment NC Troops.

In collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation, we will be hosting a performance of “When the Swallows Homeward Fly,” the title of the last music played for General Robert E. Lee on the night of the surrender at Appomattox. The music will be performed with lyrics taken from a poem, written by the sister of a Confederate soldier, marking the end of the War. The program will focus on this song and on “Lorena,” the last piece played by the Band of the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops during the final retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia. This lecture-recital will include performances of the two above-mentioned songs by tenor Glenn Siebert, accompanied on the keyboard by Dr. Nola Reed Knouse.  Mr. Siebert is on the faculty of the UNC School of the Arts and music director of Home Moravian Church. Dr. Knouse is the Director of the Moravian Music Foundation.  Philip Dunigan, research advisor at the Moravian Music Foundation, will provide a commentary.  A discussion will follow.

The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hear a great interview with WFDD’s David Ford here



Artist Jerry Hanes

Artist Jerry Hanes

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:00pm  NWM Salon Series

“A Community Within a Community”: The African American Experience in Winston-Salem Before Integration: 

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the upcoming Black History Month, and in partnership with the Society for the Study of Afro-American History (SSAAH), on Thursday January 23rd at Noon, New Winston Museum will kick off the 2014 Salon Series calendar with a discussion on Winston-Salem’s African American community prior to integration. Discussion participants will include: Dr. English Bradshaw; local artist Jerry Hanes, whose exhibit on local African American history will be on display in the museum lobby; and a TBD member of SSAAH. Dr. Rosemary Millar, professor of African American Literature at UNCSA, will moderate the discussion aimed at recognizing and exploring this community within a community. This event is free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to bring their lunch.

A great write up by the WS Chronicle’s Layla Garms



Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 5:30pm  The War at Home 

History Lessons at Camp London:

In conjunction with our current exhibition, The War at Home, and in partnership with the Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), we present Stokes County educator Eric Marshall. Mr. Marshall has been featured on the CBS Evening News and in Our State Magazine for his passionate and innovative approaches to educating his fifth grade students about the Civil War.  The Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter of the NSDAR will present Mr. Marshall with a certificate recognizing him as the chapter’s selection as an Outstanding Teacher of American History; Marshall has also just been confirmed as the statewide NCSDAR winner of the Outstanding Teacher of American History award and will be nominated for the national award, to be announced in June 2014. New Winston Museum has invited Mr. Marshall to share his experiences and approaches to providing a meaningful history education. The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.