Old Salem Museums & Gardens to Present Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 2015


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Scott Carpenter
336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JUNE 4, 2015) —Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. The Ceremony will be conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff and will take place on the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the U.S. took place in Salem in 1783.  This will be the fifth year that Old Salem has hosted a Naturalization Ceremony.

The Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 11 a.m. and will take place on Salem Square at S. Main Street and Academy Street. In addition to special music and the Pledge of Allegiance, the most moving and inspiring part of the event will be the administration of the Oath of Allegiance and the presentation of certificates to the new citizens.

There will be speeches by several dignitaries, including one keynote speaker, Salem College President, Dr. Lorraine Sterritt.Prior to her current role, she severed as the Dean for Administration at Harvard College and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Born and raised in a small town in Ireland, Sterritt moved to the U.S. in 1985 after earning her bachelors degree and her masters of arts degree in French at The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She continued her education at Princeton University, earning a second master’s degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in French.

Admission to the Naturalization Ceremony is free. Streets around Salem Square will be temporarily closed to vehicles during the event. For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350 or info@oldsalem.org.

The Naturalization Ceremony is held on the same day as Old Salem Museums and Gardens’ annual Independence Day Celebration, which includes fun activities and events for the whole family and will take place throughout the historic district from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4. Independence Day activities are included with an All-In-One ticket, which are $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16. Tickets can be purchased online at oldsalem.org or at the Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road).


 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 oldsalem.org