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Today in North Carolina

Hanes Brand Began in Winston-Salem

Image from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

On June 12, 1886, James G. Hanes, founder of Hanes knitwear, was born in what’s now Winston-Salem.

Following his 1909 graduation from the University of North Carolina , Hanes returned to Forsyth County and joined his father’s textile business, which was then burdened by a heavy debt. Hanes stewarded the company through a five-year recovery and renamed the business Hanes Hosiery Mills. He was rewarded for his diligent and skillful leadership by being elected president of the company in 1917.

In the 1920s, Hanes was determined to shift the focus of the company from men’s hosiery to women’s garments and established the Hanes Dye & Finishing Company to bleach, dye and finish cotton products. By 1938, the company had grown to become the world’s largest producer of women’s seamless nylon hosiery.

In addition to his work with the family business, Hanes served on the board of directors for the Norfolk and Western Railway, the New York City-based Savoy Hotel and the Wachovia Bank and Trust Company. He also took an active role in local government, most notably serving for four years as mayor of Winston-Salem and for 22 years on Forsyth County’s Board of Commissioners.

He died in 1972.

Visit: Hanes’ home is now the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday.

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Happy 40th NC Room

June 1975 was not only a time of leisure suits, disco dancing and box office top dog, Benji, it was the North Carolina Room’s time to debut at the Central Library. Local and state dignitaries and citizens gathered on June 15, 1975 to celebrate a new space dedicated to local history and genealogy. Anne Correll presided over the celebration as the room’s first head librarian. The Room was relocated twice in the building in the following years and now it operates out of a temporary location on the second floor of the Government Center until a brand new space is opened in the renovated library.

We thank every person and organization who has spent time exploring our resources in the room and who have donated items to make the collection as strong as it is. We invite you to a birthday reception on June 15, 2015 at our current location from 11 am to 2 pm as we remember the past and dream of the future.

We hope to see you there!



 Winston-Salem Journal, June 16, 1975.

The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Forsyth County Genealogical Society


“Digging Deeper into Your Family History”

With Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 AM–4:00 PM – Registration 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

$42 for NCGS or FCGS members – $52 for non-members

Price includes lunch.

You may register and pay online at the NCGS website – www.ncgenealogy.org.  To take advantage of member pricing, you may first join NCGS by visiting the membership section of the website.

Register by June 10 to be assured of lunch and program packet!

The workshop will be held at the Knollwood Baptist Church,

330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem NC 27104

Dr. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana. He retired from his veterinary medicine career in 2013 to pursue genealogical research full time as a profession. He is a national and international speaker and has contributed to numerous journals and periodicals. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past. More about Dr. Lacopo may be found at http://www.Roots4U.com

The full-day workshop will include the following four lectures:

“Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the Evidence.” When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn’t “add up” it’s time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is especially pertinent today with so many family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.

“More than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Between those 10-Year Intervals” This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.

“Incorporating Social History into Your Research” Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.

“She Came from Nowhere” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogy Problem”. This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research, and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere”.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.

Note that a limited number of rooms for out-of-town attendees will be held at the Best Western Plus Hanes Mall Hotel in Winston-Salem, NC. Please contact the NCGS about availability.

Forsyth County Genealogical Society meets at Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch auditorium, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 on June 2, 2015.  Social at 6:30 PM; program at 7:00.  Free and open to the public.

Our speaker will be Frank McMahon, who is the Historical Interpreter at Fort Dobbs State Historical Site, located in Statesville, NC.  He has previously been an interpretive ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park and  has an interest in historical gardening and agriculture.  He began researching the gardens at Bethabara while gathering information for development of a historical, garrison garden at Fort Dobbs.  He is the author of the article, “The Gardens of Bethabara- Salad…the King of the Wild Frontier?” which appeared in Volume 33, No 2 edition of The Journal of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society.

It’s Historic Preservation Month! Here’s an example of a local treasure that was preserved:

New post on This Day in North Carolina History

It’s a Shell of a Building

by NC Culture

On May 13, 1976, the iconic Shell Service Station on East Sprague Street in Winston-Salem was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Built by R.H. Burton in 1930, the station was one of eight constructed around Winston-Salem that year in an effort by the Shell Company and its local affiliate, Quality Oil, to boost marketing in North Carolina. The Sprague Street station is the only one of the eight still in existence.

The building’s design was modeled on the logo of Royal Dutch Shell Oil at the time, and the structure was built by first boxing in the interior office and then adding a wire frame in a shell shape around it. Concrete was then poured on the wire like stucco, giving the building its distinct shape. The station reflects the literalism of advertising of the era, and it is a great example of the Pop architecture that became popular around the time.

After the structure was used as a lawn mower repair shop and had fallen into disrepair, Preservation North Carolina raised funds to bring the landmark back to its original condition in the late 1970s.

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Friends of Central Library

Big Book Sale

3pm to 7pm, Friday, April 17

9am to 5pm, Saturday, April 18 and

1pm to 5pm Sunday, April 19

590 N. Marshall Street – Convenient, free parking on Spruce St. near 6th St., across from First Baptist Church playground.  Sale is in lower level, Marshall St. entrance

Tens of thousands of books, magazines, CDs, records, DVDs and VHS tapes, etc., from donated collections and former Forsyth Co. Central Library. Includes many special books of historical interest.  Numerous Spanish language items available.

Sunday all remaining items ½ price or $5 per bag, excluding special items.

Silent auction for books of special interest and value.

All sales support the new Central Library and its programs, including the Children’s Summer Reading Program

For Information call 703-3019 or email FriendsofCentralLibrary@gmail.com


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