Piedmont Parent: Old Salem Opens to Thousands of 8th Grade Students


Thanks to a grant from Forsyth County, Old Salem Museum and Gardens is extending free field trip opportunities to 8th grade classes within the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public school system this year. From September 1, 2015 through June 3, 2016, classes will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on, museum educator guided tours through Old Salem’s comprehensive historical attractions.

Touring the museums — the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA, and the Gardens at Old Salem — and participating in activities and live demonstrations, students become engaged in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. School groups typically pay $8-$12 per student for field trip excursions to Old Salem.

“I’m delighted to announce this extraordinary collaboration between Forsyth County and Old Salem for the benefit of our Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public schools,” says Ragan Folan, president and CEO of Old Salem. “This pilot program has the potential to reach 4,000 local school children.”

Teachers and their 8th grade classes may sign up for Experience Tours, Town Tours, Science Alive! or Arts Alive! days or the newly created 8th Grade Days. Interested parties should contact Old Salem’s Group Tours office at 1-800-441-5305 for eligibility requirements and details. For more information, visit OldSalem.org.

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