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

“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. 


“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 with gifted local performers and music historians to learn about the musical history of our community. Featured panelists include: Elizabeth Carlson, 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. 


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

Wednesday October 12, 2016 


Did Camel cigarettes become so popular because people liked them, or because clever marketing convinced buyers that they should? The rise of dominant tobacco companies and brands was due in large part to the shift from traditional tobacco product branding to innovative lifestyle marking, which helped spur the invention of corporate advertising we recognize today. The development of tobacco advertising in late 19th Century and Early 20th Century America stimulated a national desire for both smoke and chew products, and North Carolina businesses were on the forefront of the movement.

Dr. Tim Marr, professor in the Department of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill will help make sense of this history, and will present images and illustrations that will help 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.

. . . More events to be announced soon.

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