From the city of Winston-Salem’s Centennial website,

Watch for a face familiar to NC Room visitors

Come to the free premiere of the documentary, “Merger: Making the Twin City” at Aperture Cinemas – 311 W. 4th St. Winston-Salem.

Show times: 8:15 p.m. SOLD OUT; tickets still available for the 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. showings.

Advance tickets required. Contact Michelle McCullough by e-mail or call 747-7063.

On March 18, 1913 Salem and Winston, residents were going to the polls to vote on a proposal to consolidate their towns under one city government. Just 34 years earlier, in 1879, they had soundly rejected the idea. That failed effort reflected a lingering political acrimony between the towns that dated back to the founding of Winston in 1849. A second consolidation proposal in the 1890s never got far enough to be put to a vote. But this time, boosters were confident that the citizens of the twin city would embrace this merger of identities.