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Walkertown Area Historical Society The mission of the Walkertown Area Historical Society, Inc. is to research, collect, organize and pr
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The Society's mailing address is PO Box 1183, Walkertown, NC 27051-1183

11/06/2024

The monthly board meeting is today, June 11, 5:30pm at the WAHS house on Church Street. All are welcome, please join us!

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02/06/2024

Everyone is welcome to join us Monday, 3 June at the WAHS house, 3058 Church Street. Open house is 2-5 pm. Come and check out our museum of Walkertown history.

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06/05/2024

Monday, May 6th, 2pm is open house at the WAHS house, 3058 Church St. Everyone is invited to come and see a bit of our history.

04/03/2024
27/02/2024

WAHS will soon be announcing the program for March. Is there any subject or guest you would like to see at a future program? Does anyone have an interesting historical program you would be interested in presenting? Let us know here.
Note: there is no compensation given to presenters, however if you have books you have written you are welcome to sell at the meeting.

29/01/2024
09/01/2024

236 years ago today was a pivotal date in the singular life of Peter Oliver. On January 9, 1788, he was sold to Rudolph Christ, the Moravian potter then working in Bethabara, where private slave ownership was allowed (unlike in Salem, the buying and selling the enslaved was controlled primarily by the church; private slaveholders were required to live outside the town's boundaries). Oliver’s relationship with Rudolph Christ would change several times in the years ahead; Christ sold him a year later, but then played an important role in bringing him to work in the Salem congregation’s pottery (which Christ now ran) in the mid-1790’s. This was a seemingly fortuitous shift, perhaps based on Christ’s knowledge that Oliver possessed the skills needed as he sought to expand the pottery. Moving to Salem was one more step on the way to Oliver eventually becoming a member of the Salem congregation in 1799 (despite his enslaved status) and, most importantly, towards what we know occurred in 1800: a trip north to Pennsylvania, with a new owner from within the congregation, where he was able to engage in a legal transaction that made him a free man.

Today, many in our community are working to better understand Peter Oliver’s life before and after freedom. At MUSEws, we are honored to know that our building at 226 S. Liberty Street (which we are in the process of converting into an inclusive community history museum) sits on land that Peter Oliver leased from the church upon returning to Salem as a free man. It is land where he and his wife raised a family and, until his death in 1810, made a life in incredibly challenging conditions. And it’s land only a few hundred yards from where Peter Oliver is buried in God’s Acre. The work that researchers at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, MESDA, the Moravian Archives, and elsewhere have done to illuminate his story inspires us. And we are deeply supportive of the effort being led by the Creative Corridors Coalition and City of Winston-Salem, along with large family network of Peter Oliver's descendants, to transform the space outside our building into a heritage site commemorating Oliver’s life and legacy.

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Moravian Archives, Winston-Salem, N.C. Creative Corridors Coalition City of Winston-Salem, NC - Government

**For some of the most thorough explanation and analysis of Peter Oliver's life journey, we recommend Geoff Hughes, "Peter Oliver: Revisiting and Reassessing the Life of a Moravian African American Potter" [https://www.mesdajournal.org/2022/peter-oliver-revisiting-and-reassessing-the-life-of-a-moravian-african-american-potter/ ]

04/01/2024
04/01/2024

Happy Birthday to Piedmont Airlines, which on January 1, 1948 officially formed as a division of Winston-Salem-born Piedmont Aviation, Inc., clearing the way to begin civilian passenger service on several routes that the Civil Aeronautics Board had authorized the previous year. After months of delay due to court challenges by competing airlines, Piedmont Aviation CEO Tom H. Davis (still only 30 years of age) had finally realized a dream he'd been pursuing since initially applying for passenger routes in 1944. On February 20, Piedmont flew its first flight from Wilmington, NC to Cincinnati, OH and by May it was carrying passengers on all authorized routes. [B&W photos courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library]. Piedmont Airlines Piedmont Airlines Smith Reynolds Airport JetPiedmont

Christmas parade, 2023.  We decided to downsize this year!
13/12/2023

Christmas parade, 2023. We decided to downsize this year!

13/12/2023

Due to the first Monday in January falling on New Year’s Day, we will not have open house until 05 February, 2024. See you then!

Was so honored to attend the 75th Anniversary of Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission
04/11/2023

Was so honored to attend the 75th Anniversary of Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission

17/10/2023

There will not be a general meeting in November due to the meeting date falling during thanksgiving week. Please check here for all future meeting announcements. Happy holidays to all and see you next year!

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14/03/2023

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Join us to learn about some of the families who were important in the building of Walkertown.  Hope to see you there!
11/01/2023

Join us to learn about some of the families who were important in the building of Walkertown. Hope to see you there!

Marilyn Morris did a phenomenal job on WAHS entry in the Walkertown Christmas Parade. She created by hand all these gnom...
13/12/2022

Marilyn Morris did a phenomenal job on WAHS entry in the Walkertown Christmas Parade. She created by hand all these gnomes!!!!

26/10/2022

Once again, WAHS has cleaned up the trash on Sullivantown Road as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. Thank you Caroline Jones, Mike Morris, John Inman, and Randy and Vicky Yates for your hard work keeping this part of Walkertown trash free.

30/09/2022

It's Thursday!! Grab your STEAM kit today (new kits every Thursday)!

Make your own weather vane, grow rock candy, make an air cannon, and so much more with our weekly STEAM kits located in the children's section. Each kit contains all materials needed for the week's project along with step-by-step instructions.

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