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

  • December 2, 2016
    Behind the Scenes Tours at MESDA

    The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts offers one-hour behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's study galleries Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Sundays  at 2:00 p.m., and by advance appointment.  These tours with a knowledgeable guide encompass all media and all three Southern regions.  MESDA also offers special two-hour behind the scenes tours tailored to your specific interests.  On certain Fridays throughout the year we also offer special tours that highlight particular aspects of the museum’s collection.  See below for a complete schedule.  To book your tour call 336-721-7369 or email

    • November 11: The Eccentrics: Oddballs an Thieves Among Early Southern Craftsmen Daniel Ackermann, Curator of the MESDA Collection
    • November 18: Silver of the Elite Familes of the Early South Gary Albert, Editor of the MESDA Journal and Adjunct Curator of Silver
    • December 2: "Our Nearest Neighbors": Print Images of Native Americans Sally Gant, MESDA Guide and Director of Education Emeritus
    • December 9: Putting the Pieces Back Together: Museum Conservation Daniel Ackermann, Curator of the MESDA Collection
    • December 16: The Swisegood School of Cabinetmaking and the Decorative Arts of Northern Davidson County, North Carolina June Lucas, MESDA Director of Research
    Additional details at $20 per person plus applicable NC sales tax (FREE to Frank L. Horton Society Members). Space is limited. To make reservations, please call 336-721-7369.