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Historic Resources Commission - April 26, 2016

Historic Preservation Month is being observed in May with lectures, panel discussions, tours of historic houses, a family day at the historic Rural Hall Train Depot and Railroad Museum, the unveiling of new local historic makers and more.

Events begin May 1 with tours of two local historic landmark properties, the 1901 Blair House at Cherry and High Streets, and the 1884 Hylehurst House, next door at 224 S. Cherry Street. The houses will be open from 4 to 6 p.m.

On May 3, J. Howell Smith, professor emeritus at Wake Forest University, will present “Making Sense of the Factory,” about the worker experience inside the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco factories. The presentation and a reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave.

The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will unveil a historic marker May 14 remembering the Five Row community at Reynolda. The unveiling ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road. Another historic marker about the origins of the East Winston Library, now the Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, will be unveiled at 3 p.m. May 21, at 1110 E. Seventh St. 

On May 18, the commission and the Rural Hall Historical Society will sponsor an open house and family day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rural Hall Train Depot and Railroad Museum, 8170 Depot St. in Rural Hall. The theme for the day is “Preserving the History of the Railroad Workers.”

Also during Historic Preservation Month:

  • “Lunch and learn” lectures will be presented at noon on Wednesdays in the James A. Gray Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitors Center, 900 Old Salem Road. On May 4, Old Salem researcher Martha Hartley will speak on “The Salem in Winston-Salem.” On March 11 Tom Reinhart, the architecture director at Mount Vernon, will speak on “Preservation Roots.” On May 18 photographer Ryan Gustman will present “Inside His World,” an exhibit of photographs of abandoned buildings, and on May 25 David Bergstone, the architecture director at Old Salem, will speak on “Founders of Old Salem: Taking a town back 250 years.”
  • The New Winston Museum will host a panel discussion, “The Past, Present and Future of the Winston-Salem Union Station:” at 5:30 p.m. May 12; and a presentation by author Molly Rawls on “Winston-Salem’s Historic Salem Cemetery” at 5:30 p.m. May 17. The museum is at 713 S. Marshall St.
  • Salem College will host a reception for its historic preservation and public history students at 6 p.m. May 10 in the Single Sisters' House, 601 S. Church St.

Historic Preservation Month activities are presented and coordinated by Preservation Month Partners, a collaboration of the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the New Winston Museum, Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Preserve Historic Forsyth.

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