May is Historic Preservation Month

Every year a series of local activities are developed to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month.

Activities are organized by Old Salem, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Historic Resource Commission, Preservation Forsyth, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and the New Winston Museum. Events have included tours, receptions, exhibits, and lectures, more detail will be found on the City of Winston-Salem’s website with links to other organization’s events.

This year in addition to the lectures below, there will be a Trolley Tour on Saturday, May 20th, of expanded NHL district.

Old Salem hosts the ‘Lunch and Learn’ at the Gray Auditorium on Wednesdays at noon (unless otherwise given below). This free event invites people to attend the presentation, with tables available to eat their lunch.

This year’s series will be focused on the recently expanded Old Salem National Historic Landmark District.

  • Wednesday, May 3, at noon on Salem Square a representative of the National Park Service will present a plaque recognizing the newly expanded NHL District.
  • Wednesday 10th “Overview of Old Salem’s new and expanded NHL” by Martha Hartley, Director of Research and Outreach. This will explain the new boundaries and additional resources now encompassed in the designation.
  • Wednesday 17th “The NHL, Archaeology, and Old Salem” by Dr. M.O. Hartley, Director of Archaeology. This will explain the significance of archaeology and archaeological resources within the new designation.
  • Wednesday 24th “The National Significance of Old Salem Museums & Gardens in the 20th Century Preservation Movement” by David Bergstone, Director of Architecture. A precedent setting aspect of the nomination is the inclusion of reconstructions as recognition of Old Salem Museums & Gardens efforts, which is a new component of designation rarely used.
  • Wednesday 31st at Bethabara Park will be presentations on the other two NHL Districts in Forsyth County, Bethabara and Bethania.