Mesda Events

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Old Salem  Museums & Gardens is home to a world class collection of decorative arts from the early American South which can be found in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). Visit the MESDA website to learn more about the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Upcoming MESDA Events

  • September 29, 2017 2:00 pm
    MESDA Expert-Led Behind the Scenes Tours

    Join a MESDA expert a special tour focused on a particular aspect of MESDA’s unparalleled collection.  These tours often sell out, so reservations are advisable and can be made online or by calling by 336-721-7369. Adults • $20 Friends of MESDA • $15 Frank L. Horton Society Members • FREE September 22  at 2:00 p.m.   Southern Silver Treasures Gary Albert, Editorial Director and Adjunct Curator of Silver and Metals September 29  at 2:00 p.m. Southern Architecture at MESDA Daniel Ackermann, Curator of MESDA October 6  at 2:00 p.m. Finding the Hidden Town Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts October 20 at 2:00 p.m. Looking at Paintings Catherine Carlisle, MESDA Development Officer October 27  at 2:00 p.m. Dying to be Remembered: Mourning Embroideries Jenny Garwood, Curatorial Associate November 3  at 2:00 p.m. The Cultural Legacy of Piedmont North Carolina Families June Lucas, Director of Research November 10  at 2:00 p.m. Veterans Day Tour: Stars and Stripes at MESDA Helen Vasudevan, MESDA Guide November 17  at 2:00 p.m. The Decorative Art of Southern Drinking Daniel Ackermann, MESDA Curator

  • October 13, 2017 9:00 am
    MESDA Fall Conference

    Many of the world’s finest collections began with the desire for a single object. Passion for the hunt often begins in childhood, building collections of stamps, rocks, baseball cards, or coins. Rekindle that inspiration at MESDA’s upcoming seminar, Good, Better, Best: Collecting for the 21st Century. Learn to discover valuable and “not so valuable” objects from experts who have advised collectors and museums for decades, including veterans of the television programs Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives. Hear anecdotes from collectors and share your own. Take part in a number of hands-on sessions with curators and recognized experts utilizing MESDA’s renowned collection of southern decorative arts. Featured presenters for this informative seminar are Ken Farmer, Wes Cowan and Collette Loll. Learn more at