MESDA to Hold Free Community Day in Celebration of its 50th Anniversary


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Winston-Salem, NC (NOVEMBER 3, 2015) – In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem (MESDA) is holding a Community Day on November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. The building will close at 5 p.m. but the last tour will begin at 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit MESDA for free that day.

Founded in 1965, MESDA has completed an eight-year renovation to prepare the museum and its collection for the next 50 years. On November 14, visitors will be able to exploretwo new galleries: the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery and the Carolyn and Mike McNamara Southern Masterworks Galleryas well as four newly renovated galleries. Guided tours featuring 12 of the 30 galleries housed within the museum will be available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a first come first served basis. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants.



The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the preeminent center for researching, collecting, and exhibiting decorative arts made and used in the early American South. MESDA is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The Web site address is

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit