In addition to our other programs, New Winston Museum presents a free monthly Salon Series featuring a broad range of local historians, artists, writers, musicians, crafts-folk and other specialists. Speakers discuss aspects of their work and their process to find interpersonal connections with their work and the broader community. Light refreshments are provided, and guests are welcome to bring brown bag lunches or dinners to the presentations. Unless otherwise noted, NWM programs are free of charge. Donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated.


Upcoming Events

“Civil Rights” Salon Series – Local 22 and Law Enforcement

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.


“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:


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. Register for this event here.


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.


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.

. . . More events to be announced soon.

Past Events

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