Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History

Longrifles of the Wachovia Tract

C. Michael Briggs is a native and resident of Greensboro, N.C. He is a longtime student of local history and a collector of Piedmont North Carolina decorative arts including North Carolina longrifles and banded powder horns. He has done programs on these subjects for the National Park Service, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts,… Continue reading Longrifles of the Wachovia Tract

Events, Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

"Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina" Join us for an engaging talk with author, historian, and storyteller Randell Jones. Learn about the fascinating lives of women in North Carolina who dared to live life on their terms. The talk will include special remarks about the subject of our current Women's History Month exhibit, "Lucy… Continue reading Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibits, Forsyth County, Genealogy, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

America 250 Celebration

People have been asking why we have a Christmas Tree in our research room. It is not in fact, a Christmas Tree. It is a Patriot Tree 🇺🇸! Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter of the NSDAR America 250 Patriot Tree The Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution… Continue reading America 250 Celebration

Exhibits, Forsyth County, Local History, Winston-Salem

National Women’s History Month Exhibit

During National Women’s History Month, we celebrate Lucy Bramlette Patterson, whose life of service a century ago to Winston-Salem and North Carolina remains an inspiration for those nonprofit organizations working today to continue making our community a better place for all citizens to live. A graduate of Salem Academy in 1882, she engaged our community… Continue reading National Women’s History Month Exhibit

Forsyth County, Local History, Winston-Salem

Sanborn Insurance Maps Now Available Digitally

Our collection of Sanborn Insurance Maps have been digitized and are now accessible on the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center's website. These maps are helpful for researching historic properties and businesses, past street names, and historic neighborhoods, including ones that no longer exist. The maps are digitally available in high resolution with zoom capability. A… Continue reading Sanborn Insurance Maps Now Available Digitally

Events, Genealogy, Local History

Migration Patterns in African American Genealogy online workshop

Old Salem is offering a new webinar (totally free! but donations are appreciated) about using migration patterns in genealogy research, specifically in African American genealogy research and family history. The online workshop will be led by  Lamar E. DeLoatch, President of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society, Piedmont-Triad Chapter. He is an experienced genealogist with… Continue reading Migration Patterns in African American Genealogy online workshop

Archives, Exhibits, Local History

Hanes Hosiery Basketball Exhibit

Visit the Central Library in June to view our expanded exhibit on the Hanes Hosiery Basketball Team. We have items on display from two Hanes Hosiery basketball and softball players; Maxine "Jimmie" Vaughn Williams and Hazel Starrette Phillips. Included in the exhibit are newspaper articles, photographs, awards, and scrapbooks of the players. The North Carolina… Continue reading Hanes Hosiery Basketball Exhibit

Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

The S.S. Winston-Salem goes to war…

Winston-Salem Journal, December 28, 1919 On December 27, 1919, Dewitt Chatham, a twenty year old resident of Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem raised her arm and said “I dub thee ’The City of Winston-Salem’ and broke a bottle over the bow of a 400 foot, 10,000 ton ship, which then slid down the way into… Continue reading The S.S. Winston-Salem goes to war…