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

  • February 24, 2017
    Hidden Legacy Tour: African American Craftsmen in the South

    Join curators and other MESDA experts for a series of special behind the scenes tours that explore the hidden legacy of enslaved and free African American craftsmen in the MESDA Collection. This tour will be offered on Fridays in February at 2 p.m. or by advanced appointment during regular museum hours by calling 336-779-6140 at least one week in advance. Tour: $20 ($15 for Friends of MESDA Free for Frank L. Horton Society Members)  

    Additional African American Heritage Programs at Old Salem

  • March 24, 2017
    MESDA Furniture Seminar

    The MESDA Furniture Seminar continues to provide a forum at which the collector, curator, woodworker, and conservator come together to explore the subject of antique furniture through a variety of topics. Quaker connections from New England to Pennsylvania and down the Great Wagon Road into Virginia & North Carolina will be the focus of the 2017 seminar.  Speakers include Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Alexandra Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lisa Minardi, Winterthur Museum, Nick Powers, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as June Lucas and Robert Leath, MESDA. Woodworking demonstrations by Ben Hobbs and Mary May will focus on the wide artistic interpretation seen in carving throughout the Quaker community of cabinetmakers from north to south. Click here to register online.

    Additional information about the 2017 MESDA Furniture Seminar can be found at

  • May 6, 2017
    MESDA Design Seminar

    The MESDA Design Seminar will once again feature what’s chic in southern design.  The ever-charming and stylish Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library and author of The Charleston Interior, will moderate the program which features an exciting lineup of internationally-recognized figures in design.

    Click Here for Program Details

    $135- General Registration

    $125- Frank L. Horton Society members

    $1,000- Table for 8

    Register below. If you are a member of the Frank L. Horton Society, please contact for your registration link.