A Hidden Legacy: The African American Influence in Southern Decorative Arts
February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 28
These 35-minute tours focus on the African American stories behind some of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts’ most iconic objects, including works by North Carolina cabinetmaker Thomas Day; the Edgefield, South Carolina, potter David Drake; and the Baltimore, Maryland, painter Joshua Johnson. Tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by advance appointment during regular museum hours (call 336-779-6140 at least one week in advance). The tour is included with the purchase of an All-in-One ticket ($23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16). Tickets for the tour only are $11 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-16.
Brothers and Sisters Amazing Quest
February 1 – 28
Venture on a scavenger hunt at the St. Philips Heritage Center to discover amazing facts about African Americans who lived, worked and worshiped in the town of Salem. Available during regular museum hours. Included with the All-In-One-Ticket ($23 for adults and $11 for ages 6 - 16). Group Rates are available for groups of 14 or more.
American Perspectives Featuring Adrian Miller: Black Chefs in the White House
Join Old Salem for a special evening benefitting the St. Philips Heritage Center and African American programming at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The event will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. Guests will dine on a carefully-tailored menu of foods inspired by presidential recipes and enjoy guest scholar Adrian Miller’s entertaining presentation describing the relationships black chefs had with certain presidents, what life was like for them, and the foods they prepared. Pre-event reception: Wines of the White House from 5 to 5:45 p.m., dinner and presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Pre-event reception: $25. Dinner and Presentation: $50. To register for the event call 336-201-5177 or visit oldsalem.org.
The Night the Portraits Spoke Puppet Show
February 19, 21, and 22
A puppet show highlighting the African American individuals who have paved the way for others with their contributions to our history. The production concentrates on those whose significant achievements may be little known to children. Show times on February 19 and 21 are 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1p.m. On February 22, show times are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Puppet shows take place at the Heirloom Puppet Theater in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center and are included with an All-in-One ticket OR $2 per person –Puppet Show only.
Heritage Festival: Black History Month Celebration
Enjoy a day full day of fun activities for all ages including African American cooking, storytelling, historic tours, crafts, music, games, shopping, and more. Activities take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-16 (Available until February 15). After February 15, regular All-In-One ticket rates apply, which are $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16. Group Rates are available for groups of 14 or more.
About St. Philips Heritage Center
The St. Philips Heritage Center in Old Salem is a sacred place significant to the unusual and unique history of this community, and it is a touchstone of the African American experience. The African and African American Moravian congregation, organized in Salem in 1822 among a mostly enslaved population, is one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States. It is the only historic African American Moravian congregation in the country. The Center is comprised of the African Moravian Log Church, St. Philips African Moravian Church, the Strangers Graveyard, the African American Graveyard and the Path to Happy Hill Overlook.
About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.