Throughout the year, the WHS holds a variety of events that are designed to engage and educate members. In 2022, there are important events in Wachovia celebrating historic anniversaries. See the listing below!
2022 Annual Meeting - Public Invited
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022; Musical prelude and reception at 7:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Agenda includes: Review of WHS Priorities and Programs; Annual Oration by Mr. Michael C. Hardy (“In the Footsteps of Bishop Spangenberg”); and Presentation of the 2022 Archie K. Davis Award.
2022 Spring Raffle
- The Spring 2022 Online Raffle winner has been chosen!
See “WHS Raffles” at right for updated information.
2022 Guild Activities & Events
- See “WHS Guild Events” at right to learn more about the Guild
- NEXT GUILD EVENT – Monday, July 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. Join us for the annual Independence Day Service in front of Home Moravian Church and the Salem College Administration Building (near Salem Square). Hear the Moravian Band play beginning at 8:00 a.m. The service begins at 8:30 a.m., and the Declaration of Independence will be read during the service. The service is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and join in this traditional event. See “WHS Guild Events” at right for more details.
- Note: The June 5 event with Jerome Bias is postponed to a later date. Updates to come.
Planned Guild Events July-November 2022
- July 4, 2022, 8:00 a.m. Continuing the Moravian tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July on Salem Square; an open to the public Event.
- August 7, 2022, 1:30 p.m. Herrnhut, the formation of a Moravian Community, a Who’s at the Table Event.
- September 4, 2022, 1:30 p.m. Bethania, a tour of restored houses with Michelle Leonard, an On Your Feet Event.
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Tailgate event before the 2022 Annual Meeting, hosted by the Guild Steering Committee. Open to all WHS Members.
- Sunday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. A tour of Friedberg Museum, a walking tour of the Rock House Archaeological Dig, Mrs. Hanes Cookies. Hosted by Jimmie Snyder, an On Your Feet Event.
250th Anniversary of the Salem Band - Summer 2022 Concert Schedule
- July 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Pre-Concert Music, 6:45 p.m. (Rain date – July 5)
- July 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Music, 6:45 p.m. (Rain date – July 22)
- August 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (Rain date – August 12)
All concerts are in Salem Square in Old Salem. Bring your lawn chairs!
Wachovia Historical Society conducts Raffle events periodically during the year. The first WHS Raffle was held in Summer 2021, with the prize of a trip to a selected destination in the U.S. The winner of the Summer Raffle was Betsy Overton. The second Raffle was held in Fall 2021, with the prize of a free carriage ride through Old Salem, offered by Steve Allred. The winner of this raffle was Kae Roberts.
Wachovia Historical Society thanks the Zevely Inn for sponsoring the Spring 2022 Online Raffle. And we are proud to announce the winner of the Spring Raffle: Barbara Strauss of Winston-Salem, NC! Courtesy of the Zevely Inn and Innkeeper Cherie Gordon, Ms. Strauss will get to enjoy welcome evening activities at the Inn, including a history of the Inn, and then enjoy overnight accommodations in one of the charming bedrooms at the Inn. The next morning, she will be serenaded to the Inn’s delightful breakfast offerings. Congratulations, Barbara!
To learn more about the Zevely House, click here.
Details regarding the Fall 2022 Raffle will be announced in August 2022!
WHS Guild Events
Moravian History has a Muse just waiting to guide. The Guild is listening! History, custom, and traditions are creative forces for an avalanche of ideas waiting to be explored. Also, see below for information on the latest planned Guild event!
- On Your Feet Events are walking tours examining preservation efforts restoring the towns of Salem, Bethania, and Bethabara and exploring the on-going WHS-funded archaeological dig at Friedberg’s Spach Rock House.
- Voices from the Past showcase detailed accounts of Moravian Cemeteries (called God’s Acre) and those who peacefully rest there.
- The ambiance of Old Salem offers open-air painting opportunities and rare visits to view archived works of art and craft.
- History Book Swaps and Talks feature opportunities to chat about the best of historical writing on Wachovia and trade for books.
- Who’s at the Table? invite small and cozy conversations with presenters with a passion for their subjects.
Attendance for Events is limited to small groups. Participation fosters friendships. Each talk or walk is followed by hors d’oeuvres and chatting with your fellow patrons of history. Active membership in WHS (yearly dues up to date) is the only requirement for attendance. Monthly events are listed at the first of each month on the WHS website. Fees for attending events pay for the on-going work at Friedberg’s Spach Rock House Archaeological Dig and the Christmas laurels which decorate Old Salem annually.
Do you have ideas for events, speakers, or hosting? Contact WHS Guild coordinator Victoria Remishofsky, 828.258.3499, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5 event with Mastercraftsman Jerome Bias is postponed to a later date. Updates will posted on this site. The event is still Sold Out.
Jerome will explore the connection between 1800’s widely respected freedman Thomas Day and the Siewers, Salem furniture makers. The question-answer format in a woodshop setting in Old Salem allows seasoned artisans and novices to gain insights Jerome has learned from replicating Old Salem craftsmanship. Cost $25 per person includes hors d’oeuvres and a chance to chat with your fellows.
Medical Readers’ Theater Performance
On April 8, 2018, Wachovia Historical Society and Old Salem Museums and Gardens partnered to present a Medical Readers’ Theater performance of “A Face of Stone” by William Carlos Williams.
The short story tracks the evolution of a complex physician/patient relationship in which a busy physician takes an instant dislike to a young immigrant couple who brings their infant to the office for a check-up. The readers and the narrator for the performance were medical students and emeritus faculty from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Society board member Dr. Gene Adcock moderated the program and facilitated the discussion after the performance. The 23 attendees, including the performers, participated in a provocative and insightful conversation after the performance. Dr. Tim Kute shared this response, “I thought that the presentation gave everyone a feeling of how medicine was practiced at that time. One could see the prejudices but also the feelings that taking care of people was very important to the doctors. It was also nice to visit the doctor’s house and examine what he had to work within his practice.” Following the discussion, participants were treated to a tour of The Moravian Way of Health and Healing in the Doctor’s House.
Each of us is concerned about health, our own and others. Stories such as “A Face of Stone” reflect real-life settings that we can contemplate and relate to. The Medical Readers’ Theater setting provides a safe and encouraging space for performers (readers) and the audience to exchange thoughts and feelings about the issues embedded in the story. On April 8 both physicians and “laypeople” shared individual perspectives and appreciated the opportunity to exchange ideas.
Winston-Salem has a wealth of historical and medical resources that tie together the past and the present. The Medical Readers’ Theater concept encourages anyone to perform and initiate thought-provoking conversations that focus on issues pertinent to the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of health and healing 200 years ago and today.
The Society looks forward to hosting future Medical Readers’ Theater events and, perhaps, creating scripts of stories preserved in records of the Moravians in Salem.
Saturday, May 16, 2015, was a beautiful day as a group of excited folks gathered at the Old Salem Visitors Center to learn about the last days of the Civil War in North Carolina. The tour was co-sponsored by the Wachovia Historical Society and Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Chris Hartley, a Society Board member, Civil War scholar, and awarded author, led the tour.
First stop, Shallowford Crossing. This ford had been used for years by Native Americans, hunters, Revolutionary War soldiers, and others. This was the ford that Union General Stoneman’s troops crossed in April of 1865 as they headed to Salisbury, their ultimate military objective. Along the way, the Union Calvary fought several skirmishes as it moved near the Mocksville and Cooleemee areas toward Salisbury.
Grant’s Creek was the site of a major battle just outside of Salisbury. At this location, Mr. Hartley explained the battle tactics that ultimately led to a hard-fought Union victory. The goals of this Campaign were to destroy the rail facilities and supplies at Salisbury and also to liberate and destroy the Confederate Prison. The Union troops destroyed supplies, capturing and burning enough of them to support a huge army. Supplies included small arms, artillery ammunition, uniforms, blankets, cotton, corn, rice, hams, beef, whiskey, etc. The troops also burned many Confederate facilities, hospitals, cotton factories, foundry, etc. It was said that the fires could be seen many miles away. A determined objective of General Stoneman was to liberate the Prison. Earlier, the General had been a prisoner of war and was freed in a prisoner exchange. To his dismay, the Salisbury prisoners had been moved to other prisons, except for a few who were feeble and sick. The Union troops burned the Prison.
After Salisbury was in Union hands, troops moved on Ft York. It was a Confederate Fort on the Davidson County side of the Yadkin. Ft York was probably designed and engineered by Confederate General P G T Beauregard. The earthen Fort sits high on a cliff above the Yadkin. It is on private property and, as a result, is amazingly unchanged after 150 years. The Fort consists of several artillery batteries connected by infantry trenches. The transverses in the trenches were also well defined. The purpose of Fort York was to protect the railroad bridge over the Yadkin. The Union troops fired rifles and artillery on the Fort for several hours and were met with superior fire from the Confederate artillery. As a result, the Union soldiers withdrew, the bridge was spared, which marked one of the last Confederate victories of the Civil War. At this site, we also learned about preservation efforts and plans from the Civil War Preservation Trust.
In Salisbury, the group visited the Rowan Museum, an 1854 Courthouse that survived Stoneman’s Raid. Many Civil War artifacts were on display. The tour included a visit to the National Military Cemetery in Salisbury. Here are rows of unmarked graves from this conflict. The group also visited the Confederate Prison located next to the Cemetery and the Guard House, which the Union soldiers did not burn.
The tour ended back in Old Salem at St. Phillips Moravian Church where a re-enactor of the Chaplain of the Army of Ohio gave a brief sermon and then read the May 21, 1865, proclamation that all slaves were free. This was followed by his encouragement to the freed people to be industrious and pious. The Service concluded with the Lord’s Prayer.
On July 4, 1783, the citizens of Wachovia celebrated our nation’s independence in what was the earliest documented observance of the day. Among the events in Salem was a performance of Freudenpsalm, or Psalm of Joy, compiled by Moravian composer Johann Friedrich Peter.
On July 4, 2014, Psalm of Joy was performed in Home Moravian Church by the Moramus Chorale and Orchestra. Sung in German to replicate the 1783 performance, this music thrilled the large audience.
The Wachovia Historical Society was pleased to co-sponsor this concert with Old Salem Museums & Gardens and the Moravian Music Foundation. This is another example of our commitment to the presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of the history of Wachovia and surrounding North Carolina.