About the NC Room

The North Carolina Room’s temporary location at the Forsyth County Government Center will be closing to the public on Friday, July 14 at 5:00 pm in preparation for our collection move to the new Central Library.

We will reopen when the new Library opens later this summer. We hope to see you in our bright new space!GovCtrClosingJuly14


The Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016, in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Public Library, located at 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. Our social period begins at 6:30 PM, and the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Molly Grogan Rawls, the photograph collection librarian at the Forsyth County Public Library, will present her newest Images of America book, Winston-Salem’s Historic Salem Cemetery.” Salem Cemetery is the privately owned cemetery adjacent to the Salem “God’s Acre,” and since its 1857 incorporation it has become the final resting place for many of the builders and shapers of Winston-Salem. The book not only gives the history of the cemetery but also summarizes the lives and contributions of many of the industrial pioneers, mayors, philanthropists, educators, and other leaders buried there. Readers will find themselves exclaiming, “Oh that’s who that was” or “That’s who did that” as they read the informative captions for the photographs selected from the public library’s photo archives and other sources.

Winston-Salem's Historic Salem Cemetery

The North Carolina Room turned 40 last week on Monday, June 15th and we had a wonderful celebration. The Friends of the Central Library sponsored our event. Lots of people stopped by to say thanks and to enjoy birthday cake, shortcake, fresh strawberries & blueberries, and lemonade. Balloons and flowers really made the affair festive.  Attendees included patrons, former FCPL librarians, Forsyth County Genealogical Society members, and Forsyth County staff. We really enjoyed talking about the North Carolina Room’s history and sharing information about our collections. A family bible donation was a welcome surprise to be added to our genealogy collection. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Family Bible Donation

Family Bible Donation


NC Room Staff

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Forty years ago this week, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company put on the biggest picnic in North Carolina history. There was a stage at midfield in Groves Stadium, where Sound Generation, the Eliminators and the Roy Clark show performed. There were carnival rides and free food and drink across Thirtieth Street at the fairgrounds.

50,000 people showed up. They ate 55 tons of food and drank 10,000 gallons of drinks. And they danced in their seats and everywhere else.


The show began with dignitaries onstage at 11:30 AM and an unplanned event. A stray dog wandered onto the field at Groves and, excited by the crowd, raced from the end zone to the stage. That got the crowd going, and it never stopped. By the time Roy Clark arrived a little over an hour later, the fun was well beyond anyone’s control.


What was this all about? R.J. Reynolds, the company that provided the fuel for the economic engine that built the Twin City, was celebrating its 100th birthday. It was an unseasonably hot day, with temperatures hovering around 90. And when Clark and Buck Trent teamed up for their version of “Duelin’ Banjos”, the heat level ticked up a few more notches. By mid-afternoon, folks were seeking shade and covering their heads with handkerchiefs and napkins. But a good time was had by all.

A week later, the Forsyth County Public Library formally opened it’s brand new North Carolina Room. After all, those tens of thousands of folks who had made RJR and its many contractors a big success needed a place where they could find out where they came from. That party has been going on ever since, for forty years.


NC Room, Phase 1…Anne Corrrell, the founding mother…


NC Room, Phase II…Jerry Carroll…


NC Room, Phase III…Billy King…

Join the latest version of that party here:


In recent years, it has become traditional for the various library departments and branches to send each other electronic greeting cards at the holiday season. Somehow, this became a part of my job description in the NC Room. Here is our 2014 missive:


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In case you missed it, here is our guide for finding our orphaned department for the next 2+ years:


Yes, the NC Room (Abridged) at the Forsyth County Government Center is now open. Come by and see us between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. For a guide on how to find us, parking passes and more, click the pic below:


Other than the need for about 12 times as much space, we are very happy in our new temporary home. Our Government Center neighbors could not have been more welcoming and we are looking forward to getting to know them better.

And the location is right in the cockpit of the future of downtown. A few days ago we published some pics of our new view to the south and west. Here is what we see looking north:


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For an overview of the coolest district in the county, check out Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s website.

Krankie’s, formerly PS 211, is a real downtown pioneer and a major hangout for people who matter.

The Taqueria Luciano food truck is at Krankie’s most weekdays for lunch. To see what Triad City Beat has to say about them, click the pic.


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Brioche Doree, found in the Wake Biotech Building, is a Paris based bakery chain with a difference.

And speaking of food trucks, the legendary Camel City Grill truck will be in the parking lot north of the Biotech Center this Thursday at lunchtime. Yes, I would like a Bleu Burger, please.


Last year, we got our 60,000th blog hit. That seemed like a lot at the time. But today, we hit 100,000…thank you all for making our blog one of the most read public library local history and genealogy sites in the nation.

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