Due to the fact that Wake Forest University has cancelled all in-person classes and gatherings of 50 people or more for an indefinite period of time, we have decided to reschedule the entire conference for this coming fall semester. We are aiming for September 2020, and will be in regular communication as we restructure our schedule.
“Walk And Learn!” Events
Register for ONE Docent Tour Option below:
“New Insights into the Hidden Town Project”
Old Salem Museum & Gardens
The program begins with a lecture at The Frank L. Horton Center, 924 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, followed by a walking tour.
24 spaces available
Old Salem, Inc. was at the forefront of presenting African American history with the retrieval of the St. Philips complex — including major archival, archaeological, and architectural investigation — and its opening to the public in 2003. A new initiative seeks to further that work through additional research and more broadly revealing the history of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans in Salem. “Hidden Town” describes the absence of people of African descent in the landscape and memory of what is called Old Salem today. Jim Crow laws segregated neighborhoods, and museum activity since 1950 and the relocation of the St. Philips congregation in 1952 further erased that presence. The Hidden Town Project goals include researching the enslaved, archaeological examination, integrating stories into the visitor experience, presenting public events, and connecting with descendants. This program will share a historical overview and a visit to places of meaning in the Hidden Town story.
“What is American about American Art?”
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
24 spaces available
Since the colonial era, American art has been enlivened and at times upended by international crosscurrents and cultural exchange. Fully a quarter of the artists represented in Reynolda House’s collection immigrated to the country, and many others studied abroad. It has often been asked, “What is American about American art”? This tour will explore highlights tour of the fine art collection, the historic house, and the temporary exhibition of Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light. The latter is relevant to the tour theme, since American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany drew inspiration from global cultures, especially the Near East, and applied it to religious as well as secular American settings.
“Becoming Moravian: Stories of Cultural Exchange and Transformation” at the Moravian Archives
457 S Church St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
24 spaces available
Before and after “becoming American,” Moravian communities were traveling the world and spreading the gospel. The 19th and 20th centuries marked an expansion of Moravian missionary activity. One impact that is often overlooked is how missionary efforts abroad expanded the cultural horizons of the home populations back in Salem, North Carolina. Missionaries collected and sent back hundreds of cultural objects to show their supporters evidence of the diverse communities they worked among. Many of these objects were later donated to the Wachovia Historical Society, which were then transferred to the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University for permanent study and conservation. This exhibit displays collected by missionaries in the Arctic, the Caribbean, and Latin America to tell stories of cultural meetings, exchanges, and transformations.
“Black People-White God: Moravianism and the ‘Cultural Purification’ of the Afro-Caribbean in Antigua and Tobago”
Rev. Dr. Winelle Kirton-Roberts
Dillard Hall, Albert H. Anderson Jr. Conference Center
Winston-Salem State University
601 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Advanced registration required to guarantee a space (up to capacity). On-site registration will be available as space allows.