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

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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


Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet April 7, 2015 at Reynolda Manor Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  Social at 6:30 PM; program at 7:00.

Two speakers will tell about “New Application Requirements and Use of DNA as Approved Source for Membership in the DAR and SAR.”

Fred Learned is President of the Bethabara Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  He has been a SAR member since 2000.  Since then he has earned the SAR’s Liberty Medal because he helped many others to also join.  In addition, he submitted documentation proving to the SAR that he has 10 patriots, all but two new to SAR/DAR.     Two years ago he moved to Winston-Salem not knowing that the local SAR Chapter had ceased to function.  This past fall he took it upon himself to restart the Bethabara Chapter and ever since has been trying to revive local interest in the Revolutionary War.

Along with him will be Bill Ewalt, a relatively new SAR member, who had hit the proverbial “brick wall” utilizing normal paper evidence in his quest to prove his 3rd patriot.  Now he is actively in the process of utilizing DNA evidence to overcome his “brick wall” and soon hopes to utilize DNA evidence to help prove to his lineage to a new patriot.  We each may have one or perhaps several lines to Revolutionary War patriots and may need a little extra boost to help qualify Supplemental memberships.  Dust off your lineage work and see how DNA evidence may help prove a missing link or “close but not close enough” ties.

Dr. Deborah (Deb) Holden is a retired anesthesiologist who has spent the past twenty years researching her ancestors as a hobby. After completing the

5 month Genealogical Research Methods certificate course at Boston University in, she began a second career as a professional genealogist. Her business is called Discovering Your Roots and can be found online at Discoveringyourroots.com.  Deb is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical societies of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. She is also a member of the DAR and is currently the chairman of the Lineage Research Committee of her chapter (Joseph Winston).

In addition to the Boston University course, Deb has participated in the DAR Genealogical Education Program I-III and DNA and the DAR courses, Advanced DNA Analysis at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Master Practicum at the Forensic Genealogy Institute.  She has an office in downtown Winston-Salem at the Holly House and offers services that include but are not limited to full family trees, help with brick walls, DNA analysis and records retrieval. Beginning this April, Deb will be offering genealogy classes initially for beginners but will add intermediate classes in the future.

North Carolina Room staff is heading out to the Library branches in 2015. Join us for genealogy programs designed to help you with your genealogy research. We have a variety of programs planned including African American Genealogy and Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors. All programs are free and Genealogy Starter Kits will be provided.

All programs will begin with an overview of the basics of research and how to organize your materials. The different programs will help you learn what kinds of documents, other than birth, death, and marriage records, you can use to prove ancestry and where to look for those documents.

Introduction to Genealogy
Learn the basics of genealogy research and organization of your materials in the program. Methods for searching the Library genealogy databases including Ancestry and Heritage Quest will be covered.

Intermediate Genealogy
Do you have the genealogy basics down? This class will teach you how to take your research a step or two further by introducing you to other types of records used beyond the census and vital records searches.

Introduction to African American Genealogy
Researching African American ancestors can be difficult in the time period before the Civil War. This program will teach you the basics of how to conduct and organize your research with a special focus on how to find alternate documentation to census and vital records to prove ancestry.

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors
Do you have a Civil War soldier or officer in your family tree? This program will teach you basic genealogy skills with particular attention to identifying and researching Civil War military records.

Click on the flyer for program schedule. Hope to see you there!

Genealogy Programs 2015

Call 336-703-3070 for more information.


Join us for a public lecture presented by historians Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor. Sponsored by theWalkertown Area Historical Society. Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 pm at the Walkertown Branch library.

While early American taverns are generally remembered for the spirited drinks they served, they played a vital role in the social life of the surrounding community. They offerred a place for local citizens to meet and catch up on the latest news, gossip, and politics. Some also provided post services and acted as stage stops where travelers could eat, rest, and tend to tired horses.

Kernersville natives Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor will give an illustrated presentation that will focus on taverns which served the central Piedmont in the 18th and early 19th centuries, with emphasis on Dobson’s Tavern in Kernersville visited by President George Washington in 1791.

Both men have an avid interest in genealogy and history. Their research has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles. They have authored three local history books, Wicked Kernersville: Rogues, Robbers, Ruffians, and Rumrunners, Remembering Kernersville, and Kernersville: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery.

Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Walkertown Branch Library

Call 336-703-2990 for more info.


Forsyth County Genealogical Society meets January 6, 2015.

Social at 6:30PM, program at 7:00.  Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Free and open to the public.

[If W-S/Fors. Co. schools are closed owing to weather, the Society will not meet.]


The program title is: Techniques for Mapping Ancestral Landscapes by Scott Wesson

Mr. Wesson resides in northern Davidson County, NC and is an avid genealogist of nearly twenty years. He is employed with an engineering & land planning firm in High Point and specializes in land studies. Scott will be demonstrating techniques used for platting early grants & deeds while sharing insights into the complexities & revelations associated with studying ancestral properties. The use of varying scales will be discussed, along with strategies for overcoming the challenges posed by early land descriptions. The program focuses on creating finished drawings by hand – not using computer programs.

Items needed (not necessarily at the program)

~ Pencil & fine point pen

~ Protractor

~ Engineer’s/Architect’s Scale

~ Graph Paper

~ Deed to work from

~ Magnifying Glass

Our State

From the State Library’s Blog, an early Christmas present:

Our State Magazine Goes Digital in December

State Library Partners with Publication to Offer Free Online Access to Public 

 ourstatedigitalSince 1933, Our Statemagazine has celebrated the people and places of North Carolina, and issues published from 1933 to 2011 are now available online in theNorth Carolina Digital Collections. With funding from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Library of North Carolina, in collaboration with Our State magazine, N.C. Digital Heritage Center,East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Caswell County Public Library, make free access to the publication available a at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/ourstate.

Source: State Library of NC

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