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A museum that has been steadily advancing forward has really come into its own recently. The New Winston Museum  has been developed to tell the story of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County since the creation of the County and Winston as its county seat. As shared on its website, “New Winston” is an intentional contrast to our neighbor, “Old Salem.” It refers to our historical focus on early Winston and Winston-Salem as active players in the creation of the New South in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It also reflects the desire to be a fresh, innovative, and dynamic museum. One of the driving forces in establishing the museum was the recently deceased Frank Borden Hanes, Sr., a member of one of the Twin City's most prominent families.

While artifacts are often the focal point of museums, maintaining and properly caring for collections is a very time-consuming and expensive process. At this point, NWM is not yet equipped to properly maintain a collection. The goal is not be a collections-centric institution, rather to eventually maintain a small, focused collection that will aid in their programming and in telling stories.

In addition to other programs, New Winston Museum presents a free monthly Salon Series featuring a broad range of local historians, artists, writers, musicians, crafts-folk and other specialists. Speakers discuss aspects of their work and their process to find interpersonal connections with their work and the broader community. Light refreshments are provided, and guests are welcome to bring brown bag lunches or dinners to the presentations.


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“Now the Battle Din is O’er” was appropriately enough the last tune played for General Robert E. Lee. It was also the last music played by the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, made up of Moravian musicians from Salem. The New Winston Museum in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation will be hosting performances of this historic music along with the touching “When the Swallows Homeward Fly” performed for Lee on the evening of the surrender at Appomattox, VA, and others.

The New Winston Museum now in its second year of operation is Winston-Salem’s hottest new museum showcasing and preserving the many fascinating stories of this region from 1849 to present with oral histories, research, education, and collaboration. The War At Home Tuesday, February 18th is a case in point. The lecture-recital will include live performances of these powerful wartime songs with Tenor Glen Siebert, pianist and Moravian Music Foundation Director Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, and commentary by research advisor Phillip Dunigan.

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New Winston Museum is opening a new exhibit, “This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem,” on September 19th, 2014. “This School, This City” is a public history project and a season of exhibition and programming at New Winston Museum taking place in conjunction with UNCSA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Co-curated by New Winston Museum’s Director of Education and Programming, Chris Jordan, and UNCSA Division of Liberal Arts faculty, Michael Wakeford, “This School, This City” is a multi­tiered project that will run from September 2014 through July 2015.

Exhibit features include:

Immersive exhibit space, designed by Michael Harbeck, a scenic design student from UNCSA’s School of Design & Production;

Narrative historical exhibit that will make use of archival photography, documentary film, promotional materials, from five decades of the school’s existence;

“This School, This City” mural created by artist Nick Bragg;

The “This School, This City” historical survey of the UNCSA community, a permanent memory bank of experiences related to UNCSA and its place in the community; and

“This School, This City” film shorts, a family of five 3­minute alumni profile film shorts conceived, filmed, and produced by UNCSA faculty member, cinematographer and director John LeBlanc and film students.

Programming throughout the year will include the “Student­Artists at the Museum” Series. Throughout the exhibition’s run, the museum will host live art performances featuring UNCSA students across the arts disciplines (estimated 10­15 events). Discussions will follow, allowing curatorial staff and student artists to explain process, relationships between the art and exhibit themes, and answer audience questions. Additional exhibit related programming will include a series of lectures and discussions featuring community members, scholars, curatorial staff, and others exploring issues pertinent to the exhibition themes. An original work of live theater based on UNCSA’s ‘founding documents’ prepared by UNCSA Drama Dean Carl Forsman will debut in 2015.


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New Winston Museum has received a $25,000 grant from Frances and Jesse Temple Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation. These funds will support the creation of an interpretive plan and fund development plan for the museum. New Winston Museum will work with nationally renowned museum professionals, R&L Consulting of Asheville, NC, to develop these critical planning documents. An interpretive plan is an important step in the planning and design process for informal learning-based institutions like museums, where interpretation is used to communicate messages, stories, information and experiences. A fund development plan will identify opportunities to help ensure the museum’s long term sustainability.

“As we enter the third year of New Winston Museum’s life as Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s community history museum, we are taking careful steps to ensure smart growth and long term sustainability,” said Katherine Foster, Executive Director of New Winston Museum. “This generous grant from the Frances and Jesse Temple Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation is an invaluable vote of confidence for the future of New Winston Museum.”

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See all the upcoming New Winston Museum events at http://newwinston.org/

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